Occupational Safety & Health

Date Added Resource Source
Apr 2016

Building a Safety Program to Protect the Nanotechnology Workforce: A Guide for Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises

Responsible development of nanotechnologies includes considering and managing the potential, unintended consequences to human health and the environment that might accompany development and use of the technology. This guide will demonstrate that the key to ensuring the safety of your business, particularly when resources are limited, is to prevent occupational exposures and incidents before they happen.

Oct 2015

GoodNano Guide

The mission of the GoodNanoGuide is to provide an Internet-based collaboration platform specially designed to enhance the ability of experts to exchange ideas on how best to handle nanomaterials in an occupational setting.

Jan 2015

Managing Nanomaterials in the Workplace

This topic page, provided by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, provides access to basic information and current recommendations for employers to protect employees from adverse effects of nanomaterials.

(European Agency for Safety and Health at Work)
Nov 2013

Current Strategies for Engineering Controls in Nanomaterial Production and Downstream Handling Processes

The focus of this document is to identify and describe strategies for the engineering control of worker exposure during the production or use of engineered nanomaterials.

Apr 2013

Current Intelligence Bulletin 65: Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers

NIOSH today recommended that occupational exposures to carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and carbon nanofibers (CNFs) be controlled to reduce a potential risk of certain work-related lung effects. NIOSH's recommendations, which were issued in a technical document called a Current Intelligence Bulletin, are based on peer-reviewed findings from NIOSH laboratory studies, field observations of industrial processes, intensive review of published studies by other research authorities, and public review and comment on an earlier draft of the document.

Sep 2012

Key guidance for managing the potential risks of nanotechnology (PDF)

Welcome to the guidance section of SAFENANO. Here you will find a background to this complex issue, and some basic pointers which may be followed when establishing a risk management protocol within your workplace.

Aug 2012

Risk Perception and Risk Communication with Regard to Nanomaterials in the Workplace (PDF)

A report from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) reveals a “serious gap” in the awareness of potential risks involved with handling nanomaterials at work and the way those risks are communicated to workplaces.

(European Agency for Safety and Health at Work)
Jun 2012

General Safe Practices for Working with Engineered Nanomaterials in Research Laboratories

This document contains recommendations on engineering controls and safe practices for handling engineered nanomaterials in laboratories and some pilot scale operations.

Dec 2011

NIOSH Science Blog: Respiratory Protection for Workers Handling Engineered Nanoparticles

Each day millions of workers in the United States use National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) certified respirators to reduce exposure to harmful gases, vapors, and particulate hazards.

Oct 2011

National Nanotechnology Initiative: Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy (10/2011) (PDF)

he 136-page 2011 NNI Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy discusses research work to date and provides guidance to federal agencies that produce the scientific information for risk management, regulatory decision-making, product use, research planning, and public outreach.

Jul 2010

Topic Page: Nanotechnology

The documents on this page explore worker health and safety and environmental health and safety issues related to the expanding field of nanotechnology.

Jan 2010

No Small Worry: Airborne Nanomaterials in the Lab Raise Concerns

This news article by Cynthia Washam appears in the January 2010 open access edition of Environmental Health Perspectives.

May 2009

NIOSH: Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology- Managing the Health and Safety Concerns Associated with Engineered Nanoparticles

The document serves a dual purpose: it is a summary of NIOSH's current thinking and interim recommendations; and it is a request from NIOSH to occupational safety and health practitioners, researchers, product innovators and manufacturers, employers, workers, interest group members, and the general public to exchange information that will ensure that no worker suffers material impairment of safety or health as nanotechnology develops.

Apr 2009

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work: Expert Forecast on Emerging Chemical Risks Related to Occupational Safety and Health

It is estimated that about 74,000 work-related deaths may be linked to hazardous substances at work each year in the EU – about 10 times more than workplace accidents.

(European Agency for Safety and Health at Work)
Feb 2009

NIOSH Current Intelligence Bulletin 60: Interim Guidance for Medical Screening and Hazard Surveillance for Workers Potentially Exposed to Engineered Nanoparticles

As research progresses to answer those questions, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has recommended prudent precautionary interim measures for reducing work-related exposures and assessing potential risk. In the hierarchy of prevention, it is important to consider where it may be of value to provide medical screening of workers who may be exposed to a potential health hazard, but who may be asymptomatic—that is, who have no identifiable symptom of an occupational disease.

Feb 2009

IRSST Studies and Research Projects: Best Practices Guide to Synthetic Nanoparticle Risk Management (PDF)

This good practices guide was prepared jointly by the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail du Québec (CSST) and NanoQuébec, which share the same objective: to support research organizations and companies in fostering the safe, ethical and responsible development of nanotechnologies in Québec.

Feb 2009

Online Safety Courses: Nanotechnology Safety

This no cost online course provided by Washington State Department of Labor & Industries addresses: what is nanotechnology; potential hazards; and, safety measures.

(Washington Department of Labor and Industries)
Dec 2008

OSHA Safety and Health Topic: Nanotechnology

This safety and health topic page provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration includes information on relevant OSHA standards, potential health effects, health and safety research and more related to nanotechnology.

Jul 2008

NIOSH Publication: Nanotechnology in the Workplace

An introduction for Employers, Managers, and Safety and Health Professionals.

Oct 2006

Review of Safety Practices in the Nanotechnology Industry – Phase One Report: Current Knowledge and Practices Regarding Environmental Health and Safety in the Nanotechnology Workplace (PDF)

This report was prepared for the International Council on Nanotechnology by the University of California, Santa Barbara and released on October 18, 2006.

May 2005

Nanotechnology: Now is the Time to Assess Risks

Companies working with nano-sized materials need to move proactively to define their potential risks and help develop appropriate standards and guidelines.

(Occupational Hazards)
May 2005

NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Nanotechnology

Occupational health risks associated with manufacturing and using nanomaterials are not yet clearly understood. The rapid growth of nanotechnology is leading to the development of new materials, devices and processes that lie far beyond our current understanding of environmental and human impact. Visit this page to access NIOSH documents on occupational health risks and current NIOSH activities.