An introduction to some of the key issues this emerging technology presents to researchers, workers, and the public.
Last Updated: Dec 7, 2017
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- NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Nanotechnology
NIOSH is the leading federal agency conducting research and providing guidance on the occupational safety and health implications and applications of nanotechnology. This research focuses NIOSH's scientific expertise, and its efforts, on answering the following central questions: How might workers be exposed to nanoparticles in the manufacturing or industrial use of nanomaterials? How do nanoparticles interact with the body’s systems? What effects might nanoparticles have on the body’s syste
- PEN: The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies was established in April 2005 as a partnership between the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Pew Charitable Trusts. The Project is dedicated to helping ensure that as nanotechnologies advance, possible risks are minimized, public and consumer engagement remains strong, and the potential benefits of these new technologies are realized.
- OECD Database on Research into the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials
OECD Database on Research into Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials is a global resource which collects research projects that address environmental, human health and safety issues of manufactured nanomaterials. This database helps identify research gaps and assists researchers in future collaborative efforts. The database also assists the projects of the OECD’s Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) as a resource of research information.
- Environment, Health and Safety Research: An inventory of current research involving nanotechnology health and environmental implications
The inventory catalogs global government-funded research into the human health, safety and environmental implications of nanotechnology. While not comprehensive, it is designed to serve as a resource for researchers, policy makers and others engaged in ensuring the success of nanotechnologies through understanding and reducing potential risks. It also includes some research projects supported by industry, foundations and others.
- Environmental Health & Safety for the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing
At the University of Massachusetts Lowell
The Safenano Initiative is a venture by the Institute of Occupational Medicine ( IOM ). The initiative was designed to help industrial and academic communities to quantify and control the risks to their workforce, as well as to consumers, the general population collage and the environment, through both information provision and consultancy services.
- Online Safety Course: Nanotechnology Safety
Online course from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
The GoodNanoGuide is a collaboration platform designed to enhance the ability of experts to exchange ideas on how best to handle nanomaterials in an occupational setting.
- Nanotechnology Risk Resources
From NanoCEO -- Nanotechnology Citizen Engagement Organization
- National Toxicology Program: Nanotechnology Safety Initiative
Ongoing research activities are focusing on several classes of nanoscale materials:
1. Metal Oxides
2. Fluorescent Crystalline Semiconductors (Quantum dots)
3. Carbon based Fullerenes
4. Carbon Nanotubes
5. Nanoscale silver
6. Nanosale gold
- Environmental Health and Safety Programs of the National Nanotechnology Initiative
Environmental Health and Safety Programs of the National Nanotechnology Initiative