Nanotechnology Project

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Environment, Health and Safety Research

Nanotechnology Information Dissemination

Project Information

Principal Investigator
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Relevance to ImplicationsHigh
Class of NanomaterialEngineered Nanomaterials
Impact SectorSafety
Broad Research Categories Safety
Risk Management
NNI identifiere5-1

Funding Information

Anticipated Total Funding$600,000.00
Annual Funding$200,000.00
Funding SourceNIOSH
Funding Mechanism
Funding Sector
Start Year2004
Anticipated End Year2007


Guidance and recommendations for managing and preventing occupational exposure to nanoparticles is needed to protect the health of workers. This project will produce and disseminate educational information on current best practices for minimizing occupational exposure risks during the various phases of nanomaterial research, development, production, and use. The types of communication products and vehicles to be used include:

Interim recommendations on the NIOSH Web site to provide a vehicle for presenting the latest information on nanotechnology, and to provide customers a means to provide feedback, ask questions, and provide examples of work; a Nanoparticle Information Library that contains chemical and physical properties of specific nanoparticles;

A Current Intelligence Bulletin on Working with Engineered Nanomaterials that will present NIOSHÂ’s current knowledge and recommendations on health effects, exposure limits, exposure monitoring, personal protective equipment (PPE), respiratory protection, and engineering controls;

Educational materials that will be used to teach the health and safety components of nantoechnology and nanomaterial processing at the graduate and undergraduate level;

Nano-safe training tool kits that can be used as part of an overall risk management program by nanotechnology companies or companies who incorporate nanomaterials into their products.

This information will be valuable to the much larger population of secondary users of nanomaterials who may not be producing the materials, but are incorporating them into existing products. In addition to materials developed by NIOSH, partnerships with universities and businesses will be developed to incorporate their experience and share practices they have developed that have been effective. This project will allow for a direct translation of research into practice by communicating NIOSH reseach and field observation in training documents and tools. The time frame for this project extends into FY 2010 and will be the primary means to communicate NIOSH research results to the nanotechnology industry, and to maintain an active dialogue with that community.

(Project budget is an estimate only, based on available data)