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Report Title: Strategic Plan for NIOSH Nanotechnology Research and Guidance
Report ID: 503
Date: 11/1/2009
Report Type: General Report
URL: [2010-105.pdf]
Country: United States of America
Organization: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Summary: This strategic plan outlines NIOSH's planned research for 2009-2012, which is aimed at filling critical knowledge gaps and comprises 38 activities in ten critical areas. As part of NIOSH activities, in 2004, NIOSH established the Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC) to conduct research and provide guidance to protect occupational worker exposure to nanoparticles. For 2009-2012, NIOSH will conduct toxicological research on nanoparticles likely to be commercially available, conduct research to identify long-term health effects of carbon nanotubes (CNT), and develop recommendations for controlling occupational exposure to titanium dioxide nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes. NIOSH is also working on methods to identify categories of nanoparticles and their physico-chemical properties. The plan also addresses how NIOSH can align its research with the National Nanotechnology Initiative and other strategic plans.
Archived Copy: 2010-105_503_2277.pdf



Report Title: Human & Environmental Exposure Assessment of Nanomaterials Workshop
Report ID: 449
Date: 2/24/2009
Report Type: Webpage
URL: [index.html]
Country: United States of America
Organization: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Summary: As part of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and other NNI members organized a workshop to explore the current progress of research on human and environmental exposure to nanomaterials. The workshop was held on February 24-25, 2009, and focused on five priorities: Characterizing exposure among workers; identifying population groups and environments exposed to engineered nanoscale materials; characterizing exposure to the general population from industrial processes, industrial and commercial materials, and consumer products containing nanomaterials; characterizing the health of exposed populations and environments; and understanding workplace processes and factors that determine exposure to nanomaterials. NIOSH will use the information gathered at the workshop for research planning and closing critical research gaps.
Archived Copy: exposureassessment_449_3888.pdf



Report Title: Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology: Managing the Health and Safety Concerns Associated with Engineered Nanomaterials
Report ID: 433
Date: 3/1/2009
Author: Christine M. Branche, et. al.
Report Type: Government Report
URL: [2009-125.pdf]
Country: United States of America
Organization: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Summary: In order to protect worker safety, the National In¬stitute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released for public comment the draft document, “Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology: An Information Exchange with NIOSH” in October 2005. Based on feedback received, NIOSH revised and updated the document and sought further public com¬ment before releasing the final version of this document, which provides an overview of what is known about the potential hazards of engineered nanoparticles and measures that can be taken to minimize workplace exposures. It should serve as a vital resource for stakeholders (including occupational safety and health professionals, researchers, policy makers, risk assessors, and workers in the industry) who wish to understand more about the safety and health implications of nanotechnology in the workplace.
Archived Copy: 2009-125_433_4611.pdf



Report Title: Progress Toward Safe Nanotechnology in the Workplace
Report ID: 432
Date: 11/1/2009
Author: John Howard, et al
Report Type: Background Document
URL: [2010-104.pdf]
Country: United States of America
Organization: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Summary: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations to prevent work-related injury, illness, and death. As mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the NIOSH established the Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC) in 2004 to coordinate and promote research in nanotechnology and to develop guidance on the safe handling of nanomaterials in the workplace. In February 2007, NIOSH issued its report on “Progress Toward Safe Nanotechnology in the Workplace,” describing the progress of the NTRC since its inception in 2004 through 2006. This November 2009 update describes program accomplishments achieved in 2007 and 2008, and it includes summary updates from forty-three intramural projects and a comprehensive extramural program. The NTRC research program has identified ten critical topic areas for understanding the potential health risks and developing and disseminating recommendations, many of which correspond with the National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategy for Nanotechnology Environmental Health and Safety Research.
Archived Copy: 2010-104_432_5920.pdf



Report Title: Notice of Public Meeting and Availability for Public Comment
Report ID: 172
Date: 12/12/2007
Author: NIOSH
Report Type: Notice
URL: [PDFgate.cgi]
Country: United States of America
Organization: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Summary: This document from December 12, 2007 gives notice of a public meeting and request for comment period on a draft Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) Interim Guidance on Medical Screening of Workers Potentially Exposed to Engineered Nanoparticles. The public comment period was December 14, 2007 through February 15, 2008. The public meeting was held on January 30, 2008. The CIB is a guidance document without force of law which recommends that employers identify the presence of engineered nanoparticles in the workplace and take action to prevent employee exposure. Persons wishing to attend the meeting must submit notification of intent by January 18, 2008 and may be provided up to twenty minutes for oral comments.
Archived Copy: Michael Vincent (NIOSH) 2007, Notice of Public Meeting_172_3715.pdf



Report Title: NIOSH Nanotechnology Field Research Effort
Report ID: 116
Date: 2/1/2008
Report Type: Report of Upcoming Study
Publication: n/a
Country: United States of America
Organization: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Summary: This document previews an upcoming study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). It stated that NIOSH had created a field research team to assess workplace processes, materials, and control technologies associated with nanotechnology and conduct on-site assessments of potential occupational exposure to a variety of nanomaterials. Furthermore, the document stated the study sought to gather baseline data to assist in determining potential occupational safety and health implications of exposure to engineered nanomaterials and developing guidance to ensure safe working conditions. It also indicated that research laboratories, producers, and manufacturers working with engineered nanomaterials (1 to 100nm) were invited and encouraged to collaborate with NIOSH. Finally, the document reported that the research data would be used by NIOSH to update its guidance on occupational safety and health implications of exposure to nanomaterials, and it would be made available in technical documents, scientific presentations, or on the NIOSH website.



Report Title: Nanotechnology Metal Oxide Particle Exposure Assessment Study
Report ID: 114
Date: 4/1/2008
Report Type: Preview to a Study
Country: United States of America
Organization: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Summary: The document previews an upcoming study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) that will investigate exposure to fine (0.1µm to 2.5µm diameter) and ultrafine (<0.1µm diameter) metal oxides. The purpose of the metal oxide study is to measure and characterize workplace exposure to fine and ultrafine metal oxides in both manufacturing and end-user facilities. The document stated that results from the study would allow NIOSH to determine which processes and job tasks pose the highest risk of exposure to workers, and develop effective ap¬proaches to reduce occupational health and safety risks from exposure to nano¬materials. Furthermore, the document added that the study was only to conduct a detailed evaluation of exposures to fine and ultrafine metal oxides, and was not the same as the baseline assessment program offered by the NIOSH nanotechnology field research team. Additionally, the document stated that workers at facilities that manufacture and use fine and ultrafine metal oxides are being asked to participate in the study. Finally, it projected that sample results could help companies develop a better understanding of metal oxide exposure occurring in their facility by identifying areas of contamination and giving recommendations to reduce exposure when possible.



Report Title: Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology: Managing the Health and Safety Concerns Associated with Engineered Nanomaterials
Report ID: 88
Date: 4/1/2009
Report Type: Government Report
URL: [Default.htm]
Country: United States of America
Organization: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Summary: This document provides an overview of the current knowledge regarding potential hazards of engineered nanomaterials and measures for minimizing workplace exposures. It reviews what is currently known about nanoparticle toxicity, process emissions and exposure assessment, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment. This updated version of the document incorporates some of the latest results of NIOSH research, but it is only a starting point. The document serves a dual purpose: it is a summary of NIOSH's current thinking and interim recommendations; and it is a request from NIOSH to occupational safety and health practitioners, researchers, product innovators and manufacturers, employers, workers, interest group members, and the general public to exchange information that will ensure that no worker suffers material impairment of safety or health as nanotechnology develops.



Report Title: Interim Guidance for Medical Screening and Hazard Surveillance for Workers Potentially Exposed to Engineered Nanoparticles
Report ID: 67
Date: 2/1/2009
Report Type: Bulletin
URL: [Default.htm]
Country: United States of America
Organization: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Summary: Concerns have been raised about whether workers exposed to engineered nanoparticles are at increased risk of adverse health effects. The current body of evidence about the possible health risks of occupational exposure to engineered nanoparticles is quite small. While there is increasing evidence to indicate that exposure to some engineered nanoparticles can cause adverse health effects in laboratory animals, no health studies of workers exposed to the few engineered nanoparticles tested in animals have been published. The purpose of this document from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is to provide interim guidance about whether specific medical screening, including performing medical tests on asymptomatic workers, is appropriate for these workers. This document concludes that there is currently (as of February 2009), insufficient scientific and medical evidence to recommend the specific medical screening of workers potentially exposed to engineered nanoparticles. However, workplaces are recommended to take prudent measures to control exposures, conduct hazard surveillance, and continue using established medical surveillance approaches.



 
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