Occupational Health Surveillance for Nanotechnology Workers
|Principal Investigator||Douglas Trout|
|Relevance to Implications||High|
|Class of Nanomaterial||Engineered Nanomaterials|
|Broad Research Categories||
|Anticipated Total Funding||n/a|
|Anticipated End Year||2007|
The unique physical and chemical properties of nanomaterials, the increasing growth of nanotechnology in the workplace, and information suggesting that engineered nanomaterials may pose a safety and health hazard to workers all underscore the need for medical and hazard surveillance for nanotechnology. Every workplace dealing with engineered nanomaterials and nanotechnology should consider an occupational health surveillance program. NTRC has convened a cross-Federal group to develop a document as a framework for using existing medical and hazard surveillance mechanisms to create occupational health surveillance programs for nanotechnology workers. This guidance is not a prescriptive recommendation for a specific type of surveillance program, but rather is provided to present information that can be used to create appropriate occupational health surveillance to fit the needs of workers and organizations involved with nanotechnology. This framework presents information to help initiate occupational health surveillance where none exist. It is likely that as the field of nanotechnology changes over time modifications to any initial surveillance program will need to be considered periodically.