New Nanotechnology Workplace Design Recommendations

Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are materials that are intentionally produced
to have at least one primary dimension less than 100 nanometers (nm). These
materials have new or unique properties different from those of larger forms of
the same material, making them desirable for specific product applications. The
health effects associated with nanomaterials are not yet clearly understood, so
it is important for producers and users of ENMs to reduce employee exposure and
manage risks appropriately.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently
launched four new products intended to provide options to companies for
controlling possible exposure of their workers to nanomaterials on the job. The
documents provide helpful recommendations on minimizing exposures during common
processes and tasks, including the following:

- Handling and weighing of nanomaterials when scooping, pouring and dumping
- Harvesting nanomaterials and cleaning out reactors after materials are
- Processing of nanomaterials after production
- Working with nanomaterials of different forms, including dry powders or

Further Information

AplusA-online.de - Source: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)