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Posted: Feb 06, 2013
OSHA publishes fact sheet on working safely with nanomaterials
(Nanowerk News) Workers who use nanotechnology in research or production processes may be exposed to nanomaterials through inhalation, skin contact, or ingestion.
A new fact sheet (pdf) published by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) provides basic information to workers and employers on the most current understanding of potential hazards associated with this rapidly-developing technology and highlights measures to control exposure to nanomaterials in the workplace.
As nanotechnology applications move from research laboratories to industrial and commercial settings, workers and employers should be aware of potential hazards posed by nanomaterials in their workplaces and employers should take appropriate measures to control worker exposure.
This fact sheet reflects the current understanding of the health and safety issues relating to nanomaterials.