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Netherlands Health Council suggests OHS Measures for engineered Nanoparticles
The Health Council of the Netherlands has today published a draft report looking at the possible OHS measures that the country could take in order to minimise its workers' exposure to engineered nanomaterials. The document, entitled Working with engineered nanoparticles: Exposure registry and a system of health monitoring, also asks stakeholders...
Norway publishes OHS guidance for Nanotechnology
A new guide created by the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority (Arbeidstilsynet) outlines the health hazards associated with nanoparticles in the workplace. The guidance material, Nanotechnology and working (Nanoteknologi og arbeidsmiljø), also advises employers on how they could fulfil their occupational health and safety obligations toward...
US considers presenting Nanotechnology Classification Guidance to UN GHS
A source from within the US' OSHA recently revealed that the next meeting of the UN Subcommittee of Experts on the GHS may be presented with 'an information paper on how to classify nanomaterials' by the US delegation
FACOSH briefs US Secretary of Labor on Dispersible Engineered Nanomaterials
The US Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health has submitted a document to the US Secretary of Labor containing information on federal agencies' use of PELs. The review looks at a number of different areas, including dispersible engineered nanomaterials
ECHA recommends addition of new Nano Guidance to CARACAL
ECHA has drafted new information concerning nanomaterials for the appendices of certain chapters in the Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment (IR & CSA). These additions have been sent to the Competent Authorities of CARACAL and are based on the results of the RIP-oN 3)
Nano-Innov Guide advises on Ways to limit occupational Exposure to Nanoparticles
A working group for the French Nano-Innov initiative has published a guide that will help prevention specialists characterise the potential nanoparticles emitted by aerosols in a working environment. The paper was jointly developed for Nano-Innov by Ineris, INRS and the CEA
EU OSHA disseminates Nanomaterial Surveillance Feasibility Study
EU OSHA has published a link to a report entitled Feasibility of an epidemiological surveillance system for workers occupationally exposed to engineered nanomaterials. The report proposes a dual epidemiological surveillance system that utilises a 'prospective cohort study' as well as 'repeated cross-sectional studies'
Dutch TV reports on impact of nano-Silver on Environment
On 4 February 2012, the Dutch TV channel Kassa broadcasted a report on nanosilver in sportswear. Entitled Vies luchtje aan nanozilver in sportkleding, it focused on a study that the Dutch NGO Natuur & Milieu had commissioned from a RIKILT laboratory: the study report Silver nanoparticles in textiles (RIKILT Report 2011.016) was released on the...
Nanotechnology needs to be addressed by both Federal Legislation and Bodies, US OHS Association suggests
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has published 'the top public policy issues of concern to AIHA members and the occupational and environmental health and safety profession over the next two years'. According to the report, nanotechnology is one area that should be a top priority for both the US OSHA and EPA, as well as for '...
Recommended Exposure Limit for Titanium Dioxide
In April 2011 the US NIOSH, an arm of the CDC, published Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) 63, Occupational Exposure to Titanium Dioxide. NIOSH issued a recommended exposure limit (REL) of 2.4 mg/m3 for pigmentary titanium dioxide (TiO2) and 0.3 mg/m3 for ultrafine TiO2. NIOSH also concluded that ultrafine TiO2 is a potential occupational...
US NIOSH recommends exposure (Limits) to fine and ultrafine Titanium Dioxide
US NIOSH published its finding relating to the Titanium Dioxide fine and ultra-fine particle long term exposure in its Current Intelligence Bulletin 63 entitled Occupational Exposure to Titanium Dioxide
New Guidelines for Nanomaterials developed by WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Global Network of Collaborating Centers in Occupational Health have focused on the nanomaterials, and WHO is now developing guidelines for Protecting Workers from Potential Risks of Manufactured Nanomaterials
US NIOSH seeks Comments on Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Carbon Nanofibers
The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requests comments on the draft Current Intelligence Bulletin: Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers (NIOSH Docket Number: NIOSH 161-A)
US White House OSTP invites public Comments on draft NNI EHS Strategy
The US White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) is seeking public comments on the Draft National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategy for Nanotechnology- Related Environmental, Health, and Safety Research
OECD WPMN Updates: New List of OECD Nanomaterials & Compilation of Occupational Health & Safety Guidelines
The OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) has added a further two publications to its OECD Publication Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, numbers 27 and 28
Canadian Workers Union publishes Opinion on Nanotechnology
In December 2010 Canadian Union of Public Workers (CUPE) suddenly published an article about the health and safety of nanotechnology: the article, entitled Health and safety issues with nanotechnology, focused on reiterating the use of nanotechnology in sunscreens and various types of socks
NIOSH reviews Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers
US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a report, entitled Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers, providing an overview of the occupational risks connected to carbon nanotubes (CNT) and nanofibres (CNF)
Three new Standardization Documents published
The International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 229 and the British Standards Institution (BSI) nanotechnology Committee NTI/1 have published three documents related to standardization of nanotechnology and nanomaterials
Nanomaterials display novel 'Insurance' Properties
Due to rapidly growing commercial activity and the amount of business generated in the nanotechnology sector, more and more companies are choosing to extend their insurance policy specifically to nanomaterials. Why would nanomaterial in a nano-enabled application be different from other types of materials for insurance purposes?
Tough Choices on the Menu for (nano-) Pesticides Regulators
The International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health (IJOEH) published a special issue concentrating on the human and environmental exposure assessment for nanomaterials