The web-based GoodNanoGuide, established in 2008, is a collaboration platform which allows experts to develop and exchange ideas on how best to handle nanomaterials in an occupational setting. It has made available both environmental, health and safety ("EHS") Protocols and an EHS Reference Manual. The EHS Reference Manual outlines the approaches taken by professionals using research about nanomaterials and other precedents to develop appropriate protocols and guidelines. The manual is open for edit and comment and is organised into six sections sequenced to conform with general industrial processes employed, as follows:
- Section I - A Well-Defined Description of Work: The description of the specific work and EHS environment.
- Section II - Identify Hazard: Making use of the main concepts of nanomaterial physico-chemical characteristics, toxicology, ecotoxicology, and hazard classifications and EHS concepts to inform the consideration of the materials and factors that may constitute potential exposure and EHS risk from nanomaterials.
- Section III - Assess Potential Exposures: An analysis of the range of locations, types of person(s) and exposure routes which allows the professional to recommend practices for qualitative and quantitative exposure assessment.
- Section IV - Develop Risk Management Plan: Consideration of elements of the risk management plan which are based on the principles of controlling and managing exposure and how to apply good EHS and control practices.
- Section V - Verify Control Measures: Key to any EHS process, this section focuses on the need for the tools to evaluate the exposures, effectiveness of control measures and verification of procedures.
- Section VI - Periodically Re-Evaluate Good Practices: This section outlines the rationale for periodic reviews of the EHS protocols and exposure risks to allow for amendments and quality improvement over time.
The GoodNanoGuide can be accessed here.