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Posted: January 6, 2009
ISO published new nanotechnology safety report for handling nanomaterials
(Nanowerk News) The field of nanotechnologies is advancing rapidly and is expected to impact virtually every facet of global industry and society. International standardization contributes to realizing the potential of this technology for the betterment and sustainability of the world through economic development, improving the quality of life, and for improving and protecting public health and the environment.
Broadly applicable across a range of nanomaterials and applications, the Technical Report provides advice for companies, researchers, workers and other people to prevent adverse health and safety consequences during the production, handling, use and disposal of manufactured nanomaterials.
Dr. Peter Hatto, Chair of ISO technical committee ISO/TC 229, Nanotechnologies, comments: "The introduction of new engineered nanomaterials into the workplace raises questions concerning occupational safety and health that should be addressed, as appropriate, by international standards. While such standards are being developed, it is important, through ISO/TR 12885:2008, to assemble and make available to users, useful knowledge on occupational safety and health practices in the context of nanotechnologies."
The Technical Report will be revised and updated and new safety standards will be developed as knowledge increases and experience is gained in the course of technological advance.
ISO/TR 12885:2008, Health and safety practices in occupational settings relevant to nanotechnologies, was developed by ISO/TC 229, Nanotechnologies.
It is available from ISO national member institutes (see the complete list with contact details). It may also be obtained directly from ISO Central Secretariat, price 176 Swiss francs through the ISO Store.