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Posted: March 9, 2008

Strategic plan for NIOSH nanotechnology research: Filling the knowledge gaps

(Nanowerk News) NIOSH, the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health posted on its website an updated version of its strategic plan for reseach in nanotechnology through the year 2012.
The agency is accepting public comments on the document "Research Strategic Plan for NIOSH Nanotechnology Research: Filling the Knowledge Gaps" until June 1, 2008.
This plan updates the September 2005 strategic plan using knowledge gained from results of ongoing research as described in the 2007 report Progress Toward Safe Nanotechnology in the Workplace: A Report from the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center.
The NIOSH nanotechnology research program is a cross sector program that supports the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). Nanotechnology provides many opportunities and challenges for all of us in occupational safety and health.
The Strategic Plan for the nanotechnology program is the roadmap NIOSH is using to advance knowledge about the implications and applications of nanomaterials.
The goals for NIOSH nanotechnology research are as follows:
1. Determine if nanoparticles and nanomaterials pose risks for work-related injuries and illnesses.
2. Conduct research to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses by applying nanotechnology products.
3. Promote healthy workplaces through interventions, recommendations, and capacity building.
4. Enhance global workplace safety and health through national and international collaborations on nanotechnology research and guidance.
Source: NIOSH