Nanotechnology Project

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Environment, Health and Safety Research

Characterization and Communication of Chemical Hazards

Project Information

Principal InvestigatorPam Drake
InstitutionNational Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Project URLView
Relevance to ImplicationsSubstantial
Class of NanomaterialIncidental Nanomaterials
Impact SectorHuman Health
Broad Research Categories Characterization
Risk Assessment
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Funding Information

Anticipated Total Fundingn/a
Annual Fundingn/a
Funding SourceNIOSH
Funding MechanismIntramural
Funding SectorGovernment
Start Year2004
Anticipated End Year2009


This project has three distinct goals: (1) to characterize workersÂ’ exposures to various chemical hazards; (2) to develop new analytical methods; and (3) to communicate the health effects associated with exposure to chemicals to workers. Much of the work is tailored to requests for technical assistance from industrial (mining) stakeholders. For this reason the work has naturally evolved to focus on exposures to such hazards as welding fumes, blasting fumes, and metal bearing aerosols. In some cases the aerosols include nanomaterial and in that regard this project has become one which has a nanomaterial component.