The UK Nanosafety Partnership Group, a consortium of key experts in the field of nanotechnology, has issued the 2nd edition of their guide, Working Safely with Nanomaterials in Research and Development, which helps companies establish 'a safe workplace and good safety practice when working with particulate nanomaterials.' The new version includes updates that adapt the guide for recent legislative changes, in particular the implementation of the United Nations' Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) in 2015, as well as new research in the field and revised best practices since 2012.
In addition, the authors highlight significant updates to effective control measures for nanomaterial management in four sections: Hazard Banding, Exposure Control, Toxicology and Monitoring. Furthermore, they suggest users utilise this document alongside the Approved Code of Practices in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations and other literature referenced in the document to understand the full scope of original issues and updates.
This document will be continually updated and new versions issued as the field of nanomaterial research, development, legislation and regulation continues to evolve. The current version can be found on the UK Nanosafety Group website along with the press release announcing its publication.