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EPA Promulgates SNUR for Functionalized CNTs (Generic)

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated, through a direct final rule, significant new use rules (SNUR) for 55 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN), including functionalized carbon nanotubes (CNT) (generic).  EPA states that it determined that any use of the functionalized CNTs without the use of… Continue Reading

NNCO Accepting Registrations for SME and NanoEHS Webinars

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On May 11, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) will hold a webinar for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) that will focus on the experiences, successes, and challenges for SMEs working in nanotechnology and on issues of interest to the business community.  The National Science Foundation’s Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing, at Northeastern University’s College… Continue Reading

SCOEL Discusses Nanomaterials during March Meeting

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
The European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL) met on March 7-9, 2016. The meeting minutes include the following summary regarding SCOEL’s discussion of nanomaterials: Several chemical agents proposed or envisaged to be addressed by SCOEL do concern or also concern the form as nanomaterial. SCOEL identified a group of scientists to… Continue Reading

SNWG Submits Comments on NIOSH Draft CIB on Silver Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On April 18, 2016, the Silver Nanotechnology Working Group (SNWG) submitted comments on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) draft NIOSH Current Intelligence Bulletin:  Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterials.  The draft Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) includes a review and assessment of the currently available scientific literature on the toxicological… Continue Reading

NIOSH Publishes Nanotechnology Safety Program Guide for SMEs

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On April 4, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a report entitled Building a Safety Program to Protect the Nanotechnology Workforce: A Guide for Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises. The report states that employees may be at risk of exposure by inhalation, skin absorption, or ingestion. According to the report, several… Continue Reading

NIOSH Extends Comment Period on Draft CIB on Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On February 10, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Federal Register notice extending the comment period on the draft NIOSH Current Intelligence Bulletin:  Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterials.  As reported in our January 22, 2016, blog item, the draft Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) includes a review… Continue Reading

NIOSH Publishes Draft CIB on Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterials, Will Hold Public Meeting

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On January 21, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced the availability of a draft NIOSH Current Intelligence Bulletin:  Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterials.  The draft Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) includes a review and assessment of the currently available scientific literature on the toxicological effects of exposure to… Continue Reading

IRSST Publishes Best Practices Guidance for Nanomaterial Risk Management in the Workplace

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On December 11, 2015, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), a leading occupational health and safety research center in Canada, published the second edition of its Best Practices Guidance for Nanomaterial Risk Management in the Workplace.  IRSST intends the Guidance to support the safe development of nanotechnologies in… Continue Reading

RAND Corporation Assesses NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) posted a RAND Corporation (RAND) report entitled Nanomaterial Safety in the Workplace:  Pilot Project for Assessing the Impact of the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center.  In August 2014, NIOSH asked RAND to help develop and apply a method for assessing its Nanotechnology Research Center’s (NTRC) contribution to… Continue Reading

NIOSH Posts AIHA Fact Sheet on PPE for Engineered Nanoparticles

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
Earlier this month the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) posted a fact sheet sponsored by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Nanotechnology Working Group entitled Personal Protective Equipment for Engineered Nanoparticles.  The fact sheet defines engineered nanoparticles as intentionally produced solid particles with at least one dimension in the size range of… Continue Reading

UK Report Assesses Workplace Exposure and Control Measures During the Manufacture and Handling of Engineered Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
The United Kingdom’s Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prepared a report entitled Summary of work undertaken to assess workplace exposure and control measures during the manufacture and handling of engineered nanomaterials.  The report notes that HSE and HSL attempted to identify and engage with companies that manufactured or… Continue Reading

SUN Opens Survey on Risk Management of Nanotechnology

Posted in Environmental Issues, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On May 26, 2015, Sustainable Nanotechnologies (SUN) began a survey on risk management of nanotechnology. A key objective of SUN is to build the SUN Decision Support System to facilitate safe and sustainable nanomanufacturing and risk management. It will integrate tools for ecological and human health risk assessment, lifecycle assessment, economic assessment, and social impact… Continue Reading

NIOSH Announces Paper Outlining Risks to Health Care Workers from Nano-Enabled Medical Products

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced that in a paper published May 7, 2015, online ahead of print in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, “NIOSH authors Vladimir Murashov and John Howard highlight occupational risk mitigation practices for nano-enabled medical products throughout their life cycle for major health care workplace… Continue Reading

NIOSH Announces Publication of Paper from Industrywide Study on Carbon Nanotube and Nanofiber Exposure

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
On April 27, 2015, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced publication of “Carbon Nanotube and Nanofiber Exposure Assessments: An Analysis of 14 Site Visits” in Annals of Occupational Hygiene.  The paper is the second report from NIOSH’s Industrywide Study.  According to NIOSH, the findings illustrate which tasks have the highest exposures,… Continue Reading

UK Health and Safety Laboratory Will Hold Course on Nanotechnology Health and Safety

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
 On January 27, 2015, the United Kingdom (UK) Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) will hold a one-day course on “Nanotechnology Health & Safety — A Practical Approach.”  The course is intended to help participants gain an understanding of the techniques and methods available to identify and control exposure to airborne nanomaterials.  HSL states that the… Continue Reading

EPA Promulgates SNUR for Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes (Generic)

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On October 27, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated significant new use rules (SNUR) for 52 chemical substances, including “functionalized carbon nanotubes (generic).” According to the Federal Register notice, the premanufacture notice (PMN) states that the substance will be used as a thin film for electronic device applications. The notice states that, as described in… Continue Reading

Dr. Chuck Geraci Appointed NIOSH Associate Director for Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
Earlier this week, Dr. John Howard, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced that, effective October 6, 2014, Chuck Geraci, Ph.D., CIH, has been appointed NIOSH Associate Director for Nanotechnology. NIOSH states: “As Associate Director for Nanotechnology, Dr. Geraci will ensure that NIOSH maintains its outstanding national and international reputation for scientific… Continue Reading

EPA Promulgates Final SNURs, Including Several for Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On September 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated final significant new use rules (SNUR) under Section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 36 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN). The substances include multi-walled carbon nanotube (generic) (P-08-0392), multi-wall carbon nanotubes (generic) (P-09-257), multi-walled carbon nanofibers (generic)… Continue Reading

EPA Promulgates Final SNURs for Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes and Infused Carbon Nanostructures

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On February 12, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued, through a direct final rule, significant new use rules (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 35 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN). The 35 substances include four identified as multi-walled carbon nanotubes (generic) that were the subject of… Continue Reading

Journal of Nanoparticle Research Publishes Article Describing Occupational Safety and Health Criteria for Responsible Development of Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On December 7, 2013, the Journal of Nanoparticle Research published online an article entitled “Occupational safety and health criteria for responsible development of nanotechnology.” The authors, who are affiliated with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), describe five criterion actions that they believe should be practiced by decision-makers to ensure the responsible development… Continue Reading

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health Releases Report on MWCNTs

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health released a report in October 2013 entitled Evaluation of the health effects of carbon nanotubes. According to the Institute, recent studies have suggested that some types of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) have similar effects as asbestos.  The Institute states that the report “shows that rigid, long and needle-like MWCNTs induce… Continue Reading

Japan Announces Voluntary Guidance on Measuring Airborne Carbon Nanotubes in Workplaces

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) announced in October 2013 a voluntary guidance document on measuring airborne carbon nanotubes (CNT) in workplaces. The Technology Research Association for Single Wall CNTs (TASC), a consortium of nine companies and AIST, prepared the guidance, which is intended to provide a means of CNT safety management.… Continue Reading

NIOSH Issues New Recommendations to Control Worker Exposure to Engineered Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On November 8, 2013, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a report entitled Current Strategies for Engineering Controls in Nanomaterial Production and Downstream Handling Processes, which identifies and describes strategies for the engineering control of worker exposure during the production or use of engineered nanomaterials. NIOSH notes that there are currently more… Continue Reading

Particle and Fibre Toxicology Publishes Article Concerning Workplace Exposure to CNTs

Posted in Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
On October 21, 2013, Particle and Fibre Toxicology posted an article entitled “Carbon nanotube dosimetry: from workplace exposure assessment to inhalation toxicology.”  The authors, who are affiliated with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), note that there are currently no known end-point effects in humans following carbon nanotube (CNT) exposure, leading to extrapolation… Continue Reading