Guidance and Publications
Current Strategies for Engineering Controls in Nanomaterial Production and Downstream Handling Processes
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 2014-102
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. Engineered nanomaterials are materials that are intentionally produced and have at least one primary dimension less than 100 nanometers (nm). Nanomaterials may have properties different from those of larger particles of the same material, making them unique and desirable for specific product applications. The consumer products market currently has more than 1,000 nanomaterial-containing products including makeup, sunscreen, food storage products, appliances, clothing, electronics, computers, sporting goods, and coatings. As more nanomaterials are introduced into the workplace and nano-enabled products enter the market, it is essential that producers and users of engineered nanomaterials ensure a safe and healthy work environment.
Current Intelligence Bulletin 63: Occupational Exposure to Titanium Dioxide
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 2011-160
This NIOSH Current Intelligence Bulletin (1) reviews the animal and human data relevant to assessing the carcinogenicity and other adverse health effects of TiO2, (2) provides a quantitative risk assessment using dose-response information from the rat and human lung dosimetry modeling and recommended occupational exposure limits for fine and ultrafine (including engineered nanoscale) TiO2, and (3) describes exposure monitoring techniques, exposure control strategies, and research needs.
Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology: Managing the Health and Safety Concerns Associated with Engineered Nanomaterials
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 2009-125
This document reviews what is currently known about nanoparticle toxicity, process emissions and exposure assessment, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment. This updated version of the document incorporates some of the latest results of NIOSH research, but it is only a starting point. 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.
Interim Guidance for Medical Screening and Hazard Surveillance for Workers Potentially Exposed to Engineered Nanoparticles
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2009-116
[Supersedes Draft Interim Guidance: Medical Screening for Workers Potentially Exposed to Engineered Nanoparticles] This document was developed to address concerns about whether workers exposed to engineered nanoparticles will be at increased risk of adverse health effects and whether medical screening or some other type of occupational health surveillance is appropriate for these workers. Although increasing evidence indicates that exposure to some engineered nanoparticles can cause adverse health effects in laboratory animals, insufficient medical evidence exists at this time to recommend the specific medical screening of workers potentially exposed to engineered nanoparticles.
Safe Nanotechnology in the Workplace
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2008-112
This brochure provides an introduction to nanotechnology in the workplace for employers, managers, and safety and health professionals. It addresses the following questions: Are nanoparticles hazardous to workers? How can workers be exposed? Can nanoparticles be measured? Can worker exposures be controlled?
NIOSH Nanotechnology Field Research Effort Fact Sheet
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2008-121
Information for producers and manufacturers working with engineered nanomaterials (1 to 100 nm) who are interested in participating in a cost-free, on-site assessment. As part of its nanotechnology research agenda, NIOSH created a field research team to assess workplace processes, materials, and control technologies associated with nanotechnology and conduct on-site assessments of potential occupational exposure to a variety of nanomaterials.
The following NIOSH publications provide useful information about the NIOSH nanotechnology program.
Strategic Plan for NIOSH Nanotechnology Research and Guidance
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 2010-105
This plan updates the September 2005 strategic plan using knowledge gained from results of ongoing research as described in the 2007 report Progress Toward Safe Nanotechnology in the Workplace: A Report from the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center and the 2009 report Progress Toward Safe Nanotechnology in the Workplace: A Report from the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center, Project Updates for 2007 and 2008.
Progress Toward Safe Nanotechnology in the Workplace A Report from the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 2010-104
This document is a report of the progress of the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC) for 2007 through 2008. Using only internally redirected resources, the NTRC has continued to make contributions to all the steps in the continuum from hazard identification to risk management.
The Nanotechnology Field Research Team Update
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2008-120
Description the NIOSH Nanotechnology Field Research team's efforts to evaluate work practices and engineering controls used to ensure worker health and safety in the nanotechnology industry.
Progress Toward Safe Nanotechnology in the Workplace
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2007-123
This document is a report of the progress of the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC) since its inception in 2004 through 2006. Using only internally redirected resources, the NTRC has begun to make contributions to all the steps in the continuum from hazard identification to risk management.
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