Nanoparticle Occupational Safety and Health Consortium
|Principal Investigator||Michele Ostraat|
|Relevance to Implications||High|
|Class of Nanomaterial||Engineered Nanomaterials|
|Impact Sector||Human Health|
|Broad Research Categories||
Generation, Dispersion, Transformation etc.
|Anticipated Total Funding||$600,000.00|
|Funding Source||Industry Consortium|
|Anticipated End Year||2007|
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.