An introduction to some of the key issues this emerging technology presents to researchers, workers, and the public.
Last Updated: Dec 7, 2017
- Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology: Managing the Health and Safety Concerns Associated with Engineered Nanomaterials
NIOSH has developed this document to provide an overview of what is known about the potential hazards of engineered nanoparticles and measures that can be taken to minimize workplace exposures.
- National Nanotechnology Initiative EH & S Research Strategy
The NNI 2011 EHS Research Strategy provides guidance to the Federal agencies that produce the scientific information for risk management, regulatory decision-making, product use, research planning, and public outreach.
- Engineered Nanoparticles - Review of Health & Environmental Safety (ENRHES)
The ENRHES project has performed a comprehensive and critical scientific review of the health and environmental safety of fullerenes, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), metal and metal oxide nanomaterials. The review considers sources, pathways of exposure, the health and environmental outcomes of concern, in the context illustrating the state-of-the-art in the field and informing the regulation of the potential risks of engineered nanoparticles.
- Oversight of Next Generation Nanotechnology
This paper describes some of the developments that will determine the future of technology and some changes that would equip the federal government to deal with the new 21st-century science and technology.
- Nanotechnology -- considerations for safe development
From the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance & Technology
- Toward a Comprehensive Strategy for Nanotechnology Risk Communication
A Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies Research Brief.
- Nanoparticles: An occupational hygiene review
From the Institute of Occupational Medicine (UK)
- Nanotechnology: Should carbon nanotubes be handled in the workplace like asbestos?
While the mechanisms of biological responses to carbon nanotubes are not yet fully understood, recent studies such as those from Japan and the UK add to the growing body of peer-reviewed scientific literature and remind the occupational safety and health community that carbon nanotubes should be handled prudently to minimize potential exposures in the workplace and to prevent potential adverse health effects in workers.
- Guidance on the risk assessment of the application of nanoscience and nanotechnologies in the food and feed chain
The European Food Safety Authority has developed a practical approach for assessing potential risks arising
from applications of nanoscience and nanotechnologies in the food and feed chain.
- House of Lords: Nanotechnologies and Food
Effective public communication and transparency is essential, given public sensitivities over new food technologies, to ensure that consumers are able to make informed decisions about the use of nanotechnologies in the food sector.
- Moving Up The Food Chain | Science & Technology | Chemical & Engineering News
As they transfer to higher organisms in a food web, nanomaterials can increase in concentration, new studies show.
- Nanotechnology White Paper
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency nanotechnology information on topics including environmental benefits, risk assessment, and responsible development of engineered nanomaterials, published in 2007.
- Nanomaterial Risk Assessment- EHS Journal
This article demonstrates the process of conducting a nanomaterial risk assessment according to the draft Practical Guidance, Working Safely with Engineered Nanomaterials and Nano Products, which applies to companies that use or manufacture nanomaterials and companies that handle products containing nanomaterials.
- NanoToxicology: What do we know about the safety of nanotechnology and nanomaterials?
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control discusses the current utilization of nanotechnology and nanomaterials, the toxicity of nanomaterials, and how nanotechnology it can prevent safety hazards caused by nanomaterials
- Nanotechnology: EPA Funds Research to Determine Whether Health Risks Exist- EHS Journal
In 2010, the EPA awarded the US $5.5 million to three consortia to support innovative research on nanotechnology.
- Considering energy efficiency in filtration of engineering nanoparticles
This study analyzes the efficiency of certain methods of filtration of engineering nanoparticles.
- Review Toxic Potential of Materials at the Nanolevel
This article discusses the interactions between nano-materials and the environment and their potential to generate toxicity.
- Journal of Nanoparticle Research
The Journal of Nanoparticle Research is a monthly peer-reviewed journal that explores the specific concepts, properties, phenomena and processes of structures at the nanoscale.
Nanotoxicology invites contributions addressing research relating to the potential for human and environmental exposure, hazard and risk associated with the use and development of nano-structured materials.
Nanotechnology has the potential for the development of new materials and processes that can
substitute for toxic materials now used in industry. Excitement over this possibility is tempered,
however, by the potential adverse environmental health and safety aspects of the new nanomaterials.
Although a few examples from the literature are encouraging, e.g., wire and cable insulation, great care
must be taken to perform complete alternatives assessment evaluations of any new nanotechnology enabled
product before its adoption.