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Charles Geraci Receives NIOSH Director’s Distinguished Career Scientist Award

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On April 27, 2017, Dr. Charles Geraci, Associate Director for Nanotechnology at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), received the Director’s Distinguished Career Scientist Award.  Dr. Geraci provides overall strategic guidance to the nanotechnology research program at NIOSH and is recognized internationally for his leadership in the field.  Dr. Geraci has more… Continue Reading

Nanosensor Manufacturing Workshop Will Be Held in June

Posted in Federal, United States
On June 13-14, 2017, a “Nanosensor Manufacturing Workshop:  Finding Better Paths to Products” will be held at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia.  The Workshop supports the goals of the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) Nanotechnology Signature Initiative, “Nanotechnology for Sensors and Sensors for Nanotechnology.”  According to NNI, the Workshop will identify key elements needed… Continue Reading

NIOSH BSC Meeting Includes Presentation on Nanotoxicology

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
On April 12, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) held its 68th meeting.  The BSC’s primary activity is to provide advice on NIOSH’s occupational safety and health research and prevention programs.  The BSC also advises on standards of scientific excellence, current needs in the field of… Continue Reading

CRS Report on Science and Technology Issues in the 115th Congress Includes Nanotechnology and the NNI

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) prepared a March 14, 2017, report entitled Science and Technology Issues in the 115th Congress.  The report outlines science and technology policy issues that may come before the 115th Congress.  The report notes that, given the rapid pace of science and technology advancement and its importance in many diverse public… Continue Reading

NIOSH Will Hold Public Meeting and Seeks Comments on Draft CIB on the Occupational Exposure Banding Process: Guidance for the Evaluation of Chemical Hazards

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On March 15, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of a draft Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) entitled The NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding Process: Guidance for the Evaluation of Chemical Hazards for public comment.  Under occupational exposure banding, chemicals are assigned to specific categories… Continue Reading

NIOSH Extends Comment Period on Proposed Survey of Engineered Nanomaterial OSH Practices

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On March 14, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) extended the comment period on the proposed information collection entitled “Survey of Engineered Nanomaterial Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Practices.”  The goal of the project is to assess the relevance and impact of NIOSH’s contribution to guidelines and risk mitigation practices for… Continue Reading

NIOSH Publishes Draft Chapter on Analysis of Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers on Filters by Transmission Electron Microscopy

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
On February 27, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced the availability of a draft chapter to be published in the NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods entitled “Analysis of Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers on Mixed Cellulose Ester Filters by Transmission Electron Microscopy” for public comment.  The draft chapter provides standardized approaches for the… Continue Reading

NIOSH Seeks Comment on Proposed Survey of Engineered Nanomaterial OSH Practices

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Federal Register notice on February 10, 2017, inviting comment on a proposed information collection plan, “Survey of Engineered Nanomaterial Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Practices.”  The goal of the project is to assess the relevance and impact of NIOSH’s contribution to guidelines and risk… Continue Reading

NIOSH Publishes Blog Item on Art and Science of OELs for Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On February 1, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) posted a blog item entitled “The Art and Science of OELs for Nanomaterials.”  According to the item, NIOSH searched for proposals for occupational exposure limits (OEL) for new nanomaterials as part of the development of a World Health Organization (WHO) guideline for… Continue Reading

New Article Discusses TSCA Reform Provisions Pertinent to Manufacturers and Processors of Nanoscale Materials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
We are pleased to announced that Lynn L. Bergeson, Charles M. Auer, and Carla N. Hutton published an article, “Practitioner Insights:  A Review and Analysis of TSCA Reform Provisions Pertinent to Manufacturers and Processors of Nanoscale Materials,” in the January 26, 2017, issue of Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Environment Report.  The article reviews and analyzes the… Continue Reading

NIOSH Accepting Input on How Best to Protect Workers, Including in Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
John Howard, M.D., Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), authored a January 10, 2017, NIOSH blog item entitled “Occupational Health Issues in the USA.”  Howard shares a recent editorial he wrote in Occupational Medicine, “Occupational health issues in the USA,” that highlights some of the occupational safety and health issues… Continue Reading

Final TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule for Nanoscale Materials Available

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to publish in the Federal Register a Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) rule establishing reporting and recordkeeping requirements for certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed at the nanoscale.  According to a pre-publication version of the final… Continue Reading

NNCO Announces Upcoming Webinars

Posted in Federal, United States
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) periodically holds webinars to share information with the general public and the nanotechnology research and development community.  Upcoming webinars include the following: On January 18, 2017, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) will hold a webinar on “Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology: Enabling Next-Generation Water Monitoring Systems.” In this webinar, panelists… Continue Reading

Bill Presented to President Obama Would Lengthen Time between NNI Strategic Plans, Reviews, and Evaluations

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S. 3084) would amend the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act (15 U.S.C. § 7501 et seq.) to change the frequency of National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) reports.  The strategic plan would be released every five instead of every three years, and the triennial review would be renamed the… Continue Reading

OSHA Sustainability Paper Notes Opportunity to Integrate Sustainability and Nanotechnology Research

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released on December 20, 2016, a white paper entitled Sustainability in the Workplace:  A New Approach for Advancing Worker Safety and Health.  The paper highlights the importance of including worker safety and health in the growing movement toward sustainability and corporate responsibility.  According to the paper, research on… Continue Reading

Obama’s Actions to Promote American Entrepreneurship Include Supporting Nanotechnology Industry

Posted in Federal, United States
On November 30, 2016, the White House published a blog item, “President Obama’s Top Ten Actions to Accelerate American Entrepreneurship,” and posted a fact sheet on President Obama’s entrepreneurship accomplishments.  The tenth action is “Unleashed entrepreneurship in the industries of the future, including clean energy, biotechnology, the commercial space industry, nanotechnology, drones, robotics, advanced manufacturing,… Continue Reading

Registration Open for Webinar on “Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology: Increasing Water Availability”

Posted in Federal, United States
Registration is now open for a December 7, 2016, National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) webinar, “Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology:  Increasing Water Availability.”  NNI states that water demand in the U.S. is projected to increase over the next several decades.  In addition to increased demand, many U.S. aquifers are being depleted at unsustainable rates, which may lead… Continue Reading

FDA CDER Identifies Nanotechnology as Area of Interest for Site Visit Training Program for OPQ Staff

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Federal Register notice on November 16, 2016, announcing the 2017 Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) Staff Experiential Learning Site Visit Program.  According to the notice, “[a] critical part of the commitment by CDER to make safe and effective high-quality drugs… Continue Reading

NNCO Announces 2016 NNI Strategic Plan

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
On November 1, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) announced the release of the 2016 National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan.  The 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act of 2003 requires National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) agencies to develop an updated Strategic Plan every three years.  The 2016 Strategic Plan represents a consensus among the… Continue Reading

NIOSH Announces Sampling Strategy to Help Identify Potential Nanomaterial Exposure in an Occupational Setting

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On November 1, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a blog item entitled “Never fear!  NEAT 2.0 is here! — How to perform nanomaterial exposure assessment in the workplace.”  NIOSH notes that in 2009, it developed and was the first to recommend using the nanoparticle emission assessment technique (NEAT).  According… Continue Reading

EPA Proposes SNUR for Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes (Generic)

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On October 27, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed significant new use rules (SNUR) for three chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN), including functionalized carbon nanotubes (generic).  According to the notice, the PMN states that the substance will be used as a thin film for electronic device applications.  Based… Continue Reading

NIOSH Presentation on Engineering Controls for Nanotechnology Now Available

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On September 27, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) met, and its discussion included engineering controls and nanomaterials.  Kevin H. Dunn, Sc.D., CIH, a NIOSH Division of Applied Research and Technology (DART) mechanical engineer and member of NIOSH’s Nanotechnology Research Center, provided an update to the… Continue Reading

2016 SNO Conference Will Focus on Sustainable Nanotechnology Systems

Posted in United States
The 2016 Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO) conference will be held November 10-12, 2016.  The conference sessions will be organized around selected “systems,” and sessions will be populated with talks on applications, effects and implications, analytical methods, and lifecycle aspects of nanomaterials within each system.  The aims are to identity where nanomaterials and nanotechnology can improve… Continue Reading

EPA Submits Final TSCA Rule on Nanomaterials to OMB for Review

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On October 7, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a final rule that would require reporting and recordkeeping information on certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed as nanoscale materials.  EPA issued a proposed rule, under Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control… Continue Reading