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NIOSH has released a new progress report detailing the work by its Nanotechnology Research Center in advancing the scientific knowledge on the occupational safety and health implications of engineered nanoparticles.
The document, Progress Toward Safe Nanotechnology in the Workplace, also suggests potential areas where future research could further expand this knowledge.
"From the beginning, NIOSH has been at the forefront of using research to engage issues that our stakeholders agree are critical for maintaining U.S. leadership in the international nanotechnology market," said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. "This report highlights the great progress we have made in just a few years and helps lay out the path of where we should head next."
Nanotechnologies are increasingly being used in a variety of applications, including electronics, medical imaging and cosmetics. Due to the extremely small size and large surface area of engineered nanoparticles, it is important to conduct research to fully understand the chemical, physical, and biological properties these particles have compared with their larger counterparts.
NIOSH is a recognized leader with diverse partners in conducting research and providing guidance on the occupational safety and health implications and applications of nanotechnology. Through its internal, interdisciplinary research center, NIOSH investigators have laid the groundwork for conducting critical research on providing safe nanotechnology in the workplace.
The goals of NIOSH's work are:
Accomplishments noted in the report include the development of new resources to meet stakeholders' requests for interim guidance on prudent workplace practices, substantial contributions to the scientific literature in disciplines critical for understanding occupational health and safety implications, and key roles in facilitating the international scientific discussion.
Please Note: The information contained in this publication is intended for general information purposes only. This publication is not a substitute for review of the applicable government regulations and standards, and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers with specific questions should refer to the cited regulation or consult with an attorney.