Working Safely with Nanomaterials in Research and Development

The UK Nanosafety Partnership Group (UKNSPG) has developed guidance to support
safe and responsible working practices with nanomaterials in research and
development laboratories.

The aim of this document is to give guidance on factors relating to
establishing a safe workplace and good safety practice when working with
particulate nanomaterials. It is applicable to a wide range of nanomaterials,
including particles, fibres, powders, tubes and wires as well as aggregates and
agglomerates, and recognises previous and current uncertainty in developing
effective risk management when dealing with nanomaterials and advocates a
precautionary strategy to minimise potential exposure.

Aimed at employers, managers, health and safety advisors, and users of
particulate nanomaterials in research and development, this guidance should be
read in conjunction with the Approved Code of Practice on COSHH, together with
the other literature referred to in the document.

The document has been produced taking account of the safety information
currently available and is presented in the format of guidance and
recommendations to support implementation of suitable protocols and control
measures by employers and employees. It is intended that the document will be
reviewed and updated on a periodic basis to keep abreast of the evolving nature
of the content.

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