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Posted: June 5, 2007

Nanorisk newsletter addresses nanotechnology in the workplace

(Nanowerk News) With hundreds of companies already producing nano raw materials such as particles or carbon nanotubes, and many more using them in their production processes, workers are facing increasing exposure to these materials. New technology, whether it is a novel cancer treatment or an innovative approach to farming, almost always comes with risk. Those risks are often first – and most severely – felt by industry workers, and nanotechnology is no different. Today, workers around the world are exposed to nanoparticles on a daily basis. There is much speculation, yet so far, little definitive information about how exposure affects workers.
The June issue of the nanoRISK newsletter takes a look at this important issue and talks about it to Andrew Maynard, chief science advisor for the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, and Paul A. Schulte, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) Education and Information Division and coordinator of the Nanotechnology Research Program.
As always, this issue of nanoRISK includes numerous briefs on papers, initiatives, and upcoming events.
Nanowerk’s nanoRISK newsletter provides a wealth of risk-related nanotechnology information, compiled in one comprehensive, easy-to-read newsletter, on scientific research, regulatory updates and informed opinion about the risks posed by engineered nanoparticles and what is being done about them. A free copy of the premier edition of the bimonthly print newsletter is available at www.nanorisk.org.
“This newsletter is not about stopping nanotechnology or scaring people,” says Michael Berger, nanoRISK editor. “It is about providing a wealth of nanotechnology information, compiled in one comprehensive, easy-to-read newsletter, on scientific research, regulatory updates and informed opinion about the risks posed by engineered nanoparticles and what is being done about them.”
nanoRISK supports the debate on a very real and immediate issue – the fact that engineered nanoparticles are already finding their way from laboratories into commercial products and yet nobody really knows the effects they could have on living beings and the environment. Current toxicological and eco-toxicological risk assessment methodologies are not suited to the potential hazards associated with engineered nanoparticles.
Contents of previous and the current issue are available on the newsletter’s website.
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