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Posted: August 21, 2007

SAFENANO launches nanotechnology health and safety website

(Nanowerk News) A website providing information on nanotechnology health and safety is today being launched by SAFENANO. Managed by the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh, SAFENANO aims to become the UK’s premier resource on nanotechnology hazard and risk.
SAFENANO will provide independent and impartial advice to stakeholders including industry, academia and the wider public concerning the potential risks to human health and the environment from nanomaterials. The SAFENANO project is being funded with £316,000 over three years from the Government’s Technology Strategy Board, which is sponsored by the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS).
Minister for Science and Innovation, Ian Pearson, said: “Nanotechnology is an area which has the potential to offer significant health, social and economic benefits for the UK, with predictions of a global market worth over $1 trillion within a decade. Government is providing £90 million on research and infrastructure to promote the commercialisation of micro and nanotechnologies.
“However, it is new technology and it’s important that we also examine the health, safety and environmental risks associated with it. That’s why we’re supporting SAFENANO, which will provide impartial advice on this important area.”
SAFENANO has the remit of collecting, interpreting and disseminating the emerging scientific evidence on these issues. features the latest scientific research, information about good practice, standards, news, events, and articles from leading opinion formers in industry, government and academia in the UK and world wide. It includes a regular bulletin service, comprehensive database of relevant publications and a community site where users can share information about common challenges and their solutions on a global basis.
Commentary and editorial for SAFENANO will be provided from experts within the IOM and partners in SnIRC (Safety of Nanoparticles Interdisciplinary Research Centre).
The launch of this site represents the latest stage in IOM and SAFENANO’s nanotechnology programme which aims to understand, quantify and control risks posed by nanomaterials to the workforce, consumers, the general population and the environment through research, consultancy and service work for industry and government.
Dr Rob Aitken, Director of the SAFENANO initiative said “We are delighted to be working with the Technology Strategy Board on this important project which represents a real commitment to address nanoparticle risk issues in a coherent way.
“SAFENANO, by providing independent and impartial advice, will underpin the emerging UK nanotechnology industry and will facilitate the development of new processes and materials in a responsible and safe manner.”
Source: Institute of Occupational Medicine
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