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NIOSH submits proposed survey of engineered nanomaterial OSH practices to OMB

Date: 01/8/2017

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has published a Federal Register notice announcing it submitted a proposed information collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.

The proposed project is “Survey of Engineered Nanomaterial Occupational Safety and Health Practices.” As previously reported, NIOSH invited comment on the proposed survey in February, 2017.

Companies that manufacture, distribute, fabricate, formulate, use, or provide services related to engineered nanomaterials will be surveyed. NIOSH will compile a sample of 600 companies from lists of industry associations, research reports, marketing databases, and web-based searches. Of the 600 selected companies, NIOSH states that it anticipates that 500 will complete the survey within two years. 

The goal of the project is to assess the relevance and impact of NIOSH’s contribution to guidelines and risk mitigation practices for safe handling of engineered nanomaterials in the workplace. The intended use of the data is to inform NIOSH’s research agenda to enhance its relevance and impact on worker safety and health in the context of engineered nanomaterials.

Publication of the 17 July 2017, Federal Register notice began a 30-day comment period.

Source: Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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