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Environment, Health and Safety Research

Nanoparticle Occupational Safety and Health Consortium

Project Information

Principal InvestigatorMichele Ostraat
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Relevance to ImplicationsHigh
Class of NanomaterialEngineered Nanomaterials
Impact SectorHuman Health
Broad Research Categories Exposure
Generation, Dispersion, Transformation etc.
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Funding Information

Anticipated Total Funding$600,000.00
Annual Funding$300,000.00
Funding SourceIndustry Consortium
Funding MechanismOther
Funding SectorIndustry
Start Year2005
Anticipated End Year2007


DuPont coordinated the launch in June 2005 of a consortium of parties   interested in nanoparticle occupational safety and health.  This is a   multi-stakeholder consortium of more than 14 industry, academic and   government organizations formed to sponsor research that will further our   understanding of factors relevant to the assessment and control of   occupational exposures to engineered nanoparticles.     This two year research project will be led by DuPont scientists and will   help us understand (a) How airborne nanoparticles may behave in the   workplace; (b) How to monitor and measure occupational exposures to   airborne nanoparticles; and (c) How to assess the penetration of   engineered nanoparticles through candidate barrier materials for personal   protective equipment.  Members of this consortium include:  DuPont,   Procter & Gamble, Dow Chemical, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., Degussa,   Rohm & Haas, PPG, Intel Corporation, the UK Health & Safety Executive, and   the Department of Energy Office of Science.     Most of the research will be conducted at the DuPont Experimental Station   by Michele Ostraat and is targeted for completion in 2007.  The project   has a budget of approximately $600,000.  The cost will be split equally   among consortium members.