Occupational Safety & Health

Date Added Resource Source
Apr 2016

Building a Safety Program to Protect the Nanotechnology Workforce: A Guide for Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises

Responsible development of nanotechnologies includes considering and managing the potential, unintended consequences to human health and the environment that might accompany development and use of the technology. This guide will demonstrate that the key to ensuring the safety of your business, particularly when resources are limited, is to prevent occupational exposures and incidents before they happen.

Oct 2015

GoodNano Guide

The mission of the GoodNanoGuide is to provide an Internet-based collaboration platform specially designed to enhance the ability of experts to exchange ideas on how best to handle nanomaterials in an occupational setting.

Jan 2015

Managing Nanomaterials in the Workplace

This topic page, provided by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, provides access to basic information and current recommendations for employers to protect employees from adverse effects of nanomaterials.

(European Agency for Safety and Health at Work)
Nov 2013

Current Strategies for Engineering Controls in Nanomaterial Production and Downstream Handling Processes

The focus of this document is to identify and describe strategies for the engineering control of worker exposure during the production or use of engineered nanomaterials.

Apr 2013

Current Intelligence Bulletin 65: Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers

NIOSH recommends that occupational exposures to carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and carbon nanofibers (CNFs) be controlled to reduce a potential risk of certain work-related lung effects. This Current Intelligence Bulletin is based on peer-reviewed findings, and public review and comment on an earlier draft of the document.

Sep 2012

Key guidance for managing the potential risks of nanotechnology (PDF)

Welcome to the guidance section of SAFENANO. Here you will find a background to this complex issue, and some basic pointers which may be followed when establishing a risk management protocol within your workplace.

Jun 2012

General Safe Practices for Working with Engineered Nanomaterials in Research Laboratories

This document contains recommendations on engineering controls and safe practices for handling engineered nanomaterials in laboratories and some pilot scale operations.

Oct 2011

National Nanotechnology Initiative: Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy (10/2011) (PDF)

he 136-page 2011 NNI Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy discusses research work to date and provides guidance to federal agencies that produce the scientific information for risk management, regulatory decision-making, product use, research planning, and public outreach.

Jul 2010

Topic Page: Nanotechnology

The documents on this page explore worker health and safety and environmental health and safety issues related to the expanding field of nanotechnology.

Feb 2009

NIOSH Current Intelligence Bulletin 60: Interim Guidance for Medical Screening and Hazard Surveillance for Workers Potentially Exposed to Engineered Nanoparticles

As research progresses to answer those questions, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has recommended prudent precautionary interim measures for reducing work-related exposures and assessing potential risk.

Feb 2009

IRSST Studies and Research Projects: Best Practices Guide to Synthetic Nanoparticle Risk Management (PDF)

This good practices guide was prepared jointly by the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail du Québec (CSST) and NanoQuébec.

Feb 2009

Online Safety Courses: Nanotechnology Safety

This no cost online course provided by Washington State Department of Labor & Industries addresses: what is nanotechnology; potential hazards; and, safety measures.

(Washington Department of Labor and Industries)
Dec 2008

OSHA Safety and Health Topic: Nanotechnology

This safety and health topic page provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration includes information on relevant OSHA standards, potential health effects, health and safety research and more related to nanotechnology.

May 2005

HSE Topic: Nanotechnology (PDF)

This note gives information on the health and safety issues surrounding some aspects of nanotechnology.

May 2005

NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Nanotechnology

Visit this page to access NIOSH documents on occupational health risks and current NIOSH activities related to nanotechnology.