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A global perspective on safe nanotechnology.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2009-130, 2009 Aug; :1-14
NIOSHTIC No.
20036007
Abstract
The past decade has seen intense interest in developing technologies based on the unique behavior of nanometer-scale (nanoscale) structures, devices, and systems which has lead to the rapidly expanding and highly diverse field of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is somewhat loosely defined, although in general terms it covers engineered structures, devices, and systems that have a length scale between 1 and 100 nanometers. At these length scales, materials begin to exhibit unique properties that affect physical, chemical, and biological behavior. Researching, developing, and utilizing these properties is at the heart of new technology. One of the best channels to achieve the goal of keeping workers safe from potential harm of this new technology is by collaborating on research in the field of nanotechnology. A recent symposium held at the XVIII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, "Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology: A Global Perspective", brought seven international scientists together to discuss the topic. The lessons learned and the importance of global collaboration on nanotechnology safety and health research were discussed.
Keywords
Aerosol-particles; Aerosols; Airborne-dusts; Airborne-particles; Biological-factors; Cellular-function; Cellular-reactions; Chemical-properties; Control-technology; Disease-prevention; Engineering-controls; Explosive-dusts; Explosive-hazards; Fire-hazards; Injury-prevention; Lung-function; Medical-examinations; Medical-screening; Molecular-structure; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health-programs; Particle-counters; Particulate-dust; Particulates; Physical-properties; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respirable-dust; Respiratory-system-disorders; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Safety-research; Sampling; Sampling-equipment; Sampling-methods; Surveillance-programs; Work-environment; Worker-health; Work-practices; Nanotechnology
Publication Date
20090801
Document Type
Numbered Publication
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
PB2010-102574
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 2009-130
NIOSH Division
OD
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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