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April 2013
NIOSH Docket Number 260, CDC-2012-0014

Silver Nanoparticles (AgNPs)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), as part of its mission to investigate new and emerging hazards, has initiated an evaluation of the scientific data on silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) to ascertain the potential health risks to workers and to identify gaps in knowledge so that appropriate laboratory and field research studies can be conducted. NIOSH has identified a number of relevant publications on AgNPs.

On December 19, 2012, NIOSH requested additional information on the following: (1) published and unpublished reports and findings from in vitro and in vivo toxicity studies with AgNPs, (2) information on possible health effects observed in workers exposed to AgNPs, (3) information on workplaces and products in which AgNPs can be found, (4) description of work tasks and scenarios with a potential for exposure, (5) information on measurement methods and, workplace exposure data, and (6) information on control measures (e.g., engineering controls, work practices, PPE) that are being used in workplaces where potential exposures to AgNPs occur.

View the submissions received in response to this docket

Material Under Consideration

Notice of draft publication available for public comment; 77 FR 75169 [PDF - 3,214 KB]

List of references [PDF - 4,864 KB]

 
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