Partnerships and Collaborations
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Integral to completing research are the partnerships and collaborations NIOSH has forged with countries, academia, industry, labor, other government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations. These collaborations have provided expertise and resources critical for successfully completing research and for developing and disseminating health and safety information on engineered nanoparticles. The following are some of the ongoing NIOSH partnerships and collaborations in nanotechnology research. Hover mouse over name for additional information.
American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)Participating on working group activities and information exchange and dissemination for nanoparticle characterization and control
- American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
- American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
Hamner Institutes for Health SciencesModifying software for use in lung dosimetry modeling
- Health Physics Society (HPS)Participating in working group activities and information exchange and dissemination for nanoparticle characterization and control
- International Safety Equipment AssociationCollaborating on the respirator filter media work being conducted at the University of Minnesota to assess the filtration efficiency against nanoparticles
- International Alliance for Nanotoxicology Harmonization (IAHN)Establishing protocols for reproducible toxicological testing of nanomaterials in both cell cultures and animals
- The initiative on Minimum Information Needed for Characterization of Nanomaterials (MINChar)Encouraging adoption of a minimum set of physical and chemical material characterization parameters in nanotoxicology studies
- Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM), Edinburgh, ScotlandRevising rat lung dosimetry models to account for particle size-specific clearance and retention.
- National Safety Council (NSC)
- Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
- Department of Energy (DOE)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Institut de Recherche Robert-Sauve en Sante et en Securite du Travail (IRSST)Exchanging information on approaches to safe nanotechnology
International Labour Organization (ILO)Developing information on nanotechnology for a revised edition of the Encylopaedia of Occupaitonal Health and Safety
- International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)Developing international standards for terminology, characterization, and safety practices for nanotechnology
- Karolinska InstituteEvaluating the effect of nanomaterials on immune cells
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)Evaluating the toxicity of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs)
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/ National Institute of Health and the Department of Defense on nanotoxicology
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)Evaluating the toxicity of nanoparticles and developing nanoscale reference materials
- National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI)Through active participation in NNI's strategic and budget planning processes, and coordination of research into occupational safety and health of nanotechnology with other government agencies
- National Toxicology ProgramParticipating in the conduct of field assessments and toxicological research
- Oak Ridge National LaboratoryEvaluating the pulmonary toxicity of nanoparticles
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)Evaluating the effectiveness of workplace control measures
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)Collaborating on exposure measurement and exposure mitigation
- U.S. Air Force
- U.S. Army
- U.S. Department of AgricultureCollaborating with Forest Products Laboratory on exposure assessment and toxicology of nanocellulose
- U.S. Nuclear Regulatory CommissionExchanging information on emerging application and health and safety issues for nanotechnology in the nuclear arena
- World Health Organization (WHO)
Altair NanoUnderstanding and improving the control of ultrafine metal oxides and engineered nanomaterials
- DuPont and the Nanoparticle Occupational Safety and Health industry consortiumOn issues related to the measurement of nanoparticles and the efficiency of filtration materials for engineered nanoparticles
IBMEvaluating the bioactivity of silicon nanowires
Luna Nano WorksUnderstanding and improving the control of fullerenes and other engineered nanoparticles
Mitsui Co. Inc.Evaluating the bioactivity of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs).
NanoMech LLCCollaborating on a proposed EPA phase I SBIR project related to containment of airborne nanoparticles.
QD VisionUnderstanding and improving the control of quantum dots.
The Ohio State UniversityEvaluating workplaces, controls, and practices in the nanocomposites industry
University of CincinnatiTranslating nanotechnology research into occupational and environmental health and safety activities
University of Dayton Research InstituteUnderstanding and improving the control of carbon nanotubes
University of IowaMeasuring airborne concentrations of ultrafine particles
University of Nevada at Reno (with Altair Nano)Understanding and improving the control of ultrafine metal oxides and engineered nanomaterials
University of Massachusetts at LowellCollaborating on the development of good practices for handling nanomaterials in research laboratories and developing exposure assessment methods
University of MinnesotaMeasuring airborne concentrations of ultrafine particles
University of MontanaEvaluating the toxicity of nanowires
University of MontrealAssessing and characterizing nanoparticles in the workplace
University of PittsburghEvaluating the toxicity of nanomaterials
University of RochesterMeasuring the ability of nanoparticles to generate radical species
University of Wisconsin, MadisonDeveloping exposure assessment strategies and characterizing nanoparticles in friction stir welding and micromachining
Virginia Tech UniversityUnderstanding and improving the control of fullerenes and other engineered nanoparticles
West Virginia University Nanotechnology CenterEvaluating the toxicity of metal oxide nanowires
West Virginia University Medical SchoolEvaluating the effects of pulmonary exposure to nanoparticles, including the influence of exposure to titanium dioxide (TiO2) on systemic microvascular function
- NIOSH Prevention through Design (PtD) Program and the Nanotechnology Research Center co-sponsored with the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (University at Albany, Albany, NY) a Safe Nano Design: Molecule » Manufacturing » Market workshop.
- NIOSH co-sponsored the 5th International Nanomaterial Occupational Safety and Health (NanOSH) conference in Boston, MA.
- NIOSH and the Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center co-sponsored the conference on Nanomaterials and Worker Health: Medical Surveillance, Exposure Registries, and Epidemiologic Research in Keystone, Colorado.
- NIOSH served as the agency lead for the National Nanotechnology Initiative Workshop on Human and Environmental Exposure Assessment in Bethesda, MD.
- NIOSH co-sponsored the Fourth International Conference on Nanotechnology-Occupational and Environmental Health planned in Helsinki, Finland
- NIOSH co-sponsored a National Institute of Standards and Technology Workshop on Enabling Standards for Nanomaterial Characterization in Gaithersburg, MD.
- NIOSH co-sponsored The Second International Conference on Nanotechnology in Zurich, Switzerland
- NIOSH co-sponsored the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development workshop on Exposure Assessment and Exposure Mitigation in Frankfurt, Germany.
- NIOSH collaborated with the International Aerosol Research Assembly and the American Association for Aerosol Research to hold the Second International Symposium on Nanotechnology and Occupational Health in conjunction with the international aerosol conference in St. Paul, MN.
- NIOSH and the University of Cincinnati cosponsored the International Conference on Nanotechnology Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety: Research to Practice, in Cincinnati, OH.
- NIOSH convened a collaborative workshop that included representatives from government, academia, labor, and industry in Washington, DC, to review a draft document developed by NIOSH and a cross-agency work group, titled Interim Guidelines on Medical Screening of Workers Potentially Exposed to Engineered Nanoparticles.
- NIOSH co-sponsored the Third Symposium on Occupational Health Implications of Nanomaterials in Taipei, Taiwan.
- NIOSH co-sponsored the second Symposium on Occupational Health Implications of Nanomaterials in Minneapolis, MN.
- NIOSH cosponsored the first Symposium on Occupational Health Implications of Nanomaterials in Buxton, United Kingdom
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