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Nanotechnology: Health and Safety Issues  

An introduction to some of the key issues this emerging technology presents to researchers, workers, and the public.
Last Updated: Dec 7, 2017 URL: http://guides.turi.org/content.php?pid=710921 Print Guide RSS Updates

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This guide to resources on the health and safety implications of nanotechnology is intended to provide an introduction to some of the key issues this emerging technology presents to researchers, workers, policy makers, and the public. Links to electronic books, websites, reports and journal articles can be accessed through the tabs at the top of this page.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) defines nanomaterial as “a material with any external dimensions in the nanoscale or having internal structure or surface structure in the nanoscale.” This definition has been used as the basis for working definitions in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and development (OECD), among others. In 2014 the ISO definition of Nanoscale was modified to mean the “length ranging from approximately 1nm to 100 nm.” (From: http://www.ciel.org/Publications/Nano_definition_Nov2014.pdf)

Nanomaterial Resources From TURI

  • Nanomaterials Factsheet
    While some types of nanomaterials occur naturally or are formed incidentally, this fact sheet focuses on nanomaterials that are intentionally designed, engineered and manufactured for use in commercial materials, devices and structures. Learn more about nanomaterials. Revised December 2017.
  • TURI Nanomaterials Page
    Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter at the nanoscale, at dimensions between approximately 1 and 100 nanometers, where unique phenomena enable novel applications. Encompassing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, nanotechnology involving imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter at this length scale.

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Video: Nanotech Risks

From the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
Toxics Use Reduction Institute - University of Massachusetts Lowell
600 Suffolk St. - Wannalancit Mills - Lowell MA 01854
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