NIOSH publishes nanotechnology safety program guide for SMEs
Responsible development of nanotechnologies includes considering and managing the potential, unintended consequences to human health and the environment that might accompany development and use of the technology.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has published a new report entitled ‘Building a Safety Program to Protect the Nanotechnology Workforce: A Guide for Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises’. The guide is intended to provide SMEs with the tools necessary to develop and implement a written health and safety program to protect employees, enabling users to recognise and control potential hazards and risks from nanomaterial processes that may adversely impact the health, safety, and well-being of employees and business productivity.
The guide aims to demonstrate that the key to ensuring safety, particularly when resources are limited, is to prevent occupational exposures and incidents before they happen.