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A story of impact: approaches to safe nanotechnology: document provides guidance to protect nanotechnology workers.
Cincinnati, OH: 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. 2011-206, 2011 Sep; :1
By 2010 this document had been widely cited and reviewed around the world. Japan, Australia, and the United Kingdom have all referenced this document when creating nanotechnology guidance, and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee on Nanomaterials used the document as the basis for a major technical standard on occupational health and safety practices in the field of nanotechnology. It has been identified by the Director of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Coordination Office as a key contribution to national and international activities addressing health and safety concerns of nanotechnology. This NIOSH document has led to the adoption of responsible risk management practices by U.S. nanotechnology businesses by providing background, rationale, and guidance for adopting a precautionary approach in the manufacture and use of engineered nanomaterials. The risk management framework presented in the document allows for responsible development in this evolving field so society can benefit from the many potential applications while protecting the health of the workers involved.
Nanotechnology; Work-practices; Safety-measures; Standards; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Engineering-controls; Control-methods; Control-technology; Nanofibers; Nanoparticles; Nanotubes; Ultrafine particles; Ultrafine-particulates
Numbered Publication; Impact Sheet
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2011-206; B09282011
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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