As with any new technology or new material, the earliest exposures will likely occur for those workers conducting discovery research in laboratories or developing production processes in pilot plants. The research community is at the front line of creating new nanomaterials, testing their usefulness in a variety of applications and determining their toxicological and environmental impacts. Researchers handling engineered nanomaterials in laboratories should perform that work in a manner that protects their safety and health.
This guidance document, published by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), provides the best information currently available on engineering controls and safe work practices to be followed when working with engineered nanomaterials in research laboratories and contains recommendations in relation to risk management, hazard identification, exposure assessment, exposure control, and other considerations.
This guidance was designed to be used in tandem with well-established practices and the laboratory’s chemical hygiene plan.
Click here to download the report from the NIOSH website.