Nanotechnology Research Center

May 2016
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2016-141
Cover page for publication 2016-141

What are our priorities?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC) conducts research to better understand the effects of engineered nanoparticles on human health and methods to control or eliminate exposures. Nanoparticles are extremely small particles (between 1 and 100 nanometers) purposefully designed to have certain new or unique characteristics, like strength or elasticity, needed to make advanced materials and products. NTRC works with partners in industry, labor, trade associations, professional organizations, and academia. NTRC focuses on these areas:

  • Increasing understanding of hazards and related health risks to workers who make and use nano-materials.
  • Preventing occupational exposures to nanomaterials.

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