Protecting the Nanotechnology Workforce
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2014-106
Nanotechnology—the manipulation of matter on a near-atomic scale to produce new materials and devices—has the ability to transform many industries, from medicine to manufacturing, and the products they produce. By 2020, the National Science Foundation estimates, nanotechnology will have a $3 trillion impact on the global economy and employ 6 million workers in the manufacture of nanomaterial-based products, of which 2 million may be manufactured in the United States [NSF 2011]. Nanomaterials may present new challenges to understanding, predicting, and managing potential health risks to workers.
- Page last reviewed: June 6, 2014
- Page last updated: June 6, 2014
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- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division