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Slides Available from NIOSH Webinar on Revised Draft CIB for Silver Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On October 30, 2018, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) held a webinar on its revised draft document entitled Current Intelligence Bulletin:  Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterials.  The meeting agenda and slide presentation are available in the docket, as well as a list of meeting attendees.  As reported in… Continue Reading

Safe Work Australia Guidance Includes Advice on Fine Dusts and Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
In August 2018, Safe Work Australia (SWA) issued a national guide on classifying hazardous chemicals.  SWA intends the guidance for manufacturers and importers of substances, mixtures, and articles who have a duty under the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act and Regulations to classify them.  SWA suggests that the guidance may also be useful for… Continue Reading

EU-OSHA Posts Info Sheet on Manufactured Nanomaterials in the Workplace

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On October 3, 2018, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) published an info sheet on “Manufactured nanomaterials in the workplace.”  According to the info sheet, “[t]he requirements for managing nanomaterials in the workplace are the same as those for managing other hazardous chemicals, including the provision of information and training for… Continue Reading

Germany Publishes Study on Health Effects of Ultrafine Particles

Posted in EU Member State, International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
The German Environment Agency (UBA) in October 2018 published a study entitled Health Effects of Ultrafine Particles:  Systematic literature search and the potential transferability of the results to the German setting.  The study notes that ultrafine particles represent the smallest size fractions of particles with sizes from one to about 100 nanometers in aerodynamic diameter. … Continue Reading

EPA Publishes SNUR for Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published on October 10, 2018, a direct final  rule promulgating significant new use rules (SNUR) for 28 chemical substances, including  single-walled carbon nanotubes, that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN).  The chemical substances are subject to orders issued by EPA pursuant to Section 5(e) of the Toxic Substances… Continue Reading

EPA Will Publish SNUR for Carbon Nanomaterial (Generic)

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to publish on October 3, 2018, a direct final rule promulgating significant new use rules (SNUR) for 26 chemical substances, including carbon nanomaterial (generic), that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN).  The chemical substances are subject to orders issued by EPA pursuant to Sections 5(e) and… Continue Reading

Germany Publishes Comparison of Inhalation and Intratracheal Instillation as Testing Methods for Characterization of Granular Biopersistent Particles

Posted in EU Member State, International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
Germany’s Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) has published a report entitled Comparison of Inhalation and Intratracheal Instillation as Testing Methods for Characterisation of Granular Biopersistent Particles (GBP).  In Project F 2364, researchers conducted an in vivo validation study to evaluate the consistency of data with results obtained in the preceding intratracheal instillation… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On September 18, 2018, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of a draft document entitled Current Intelligence Bulletin:  Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterials.  As reported in our January 22, 2016, blog item, NIOSH published a draft Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) on… Continue Reading

IRSST Publishes Assessment of Methods of Sampling and Characterizing Engineered Nanomaterials in the Workplace in English

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) recently published a report, in English, entitled An Assessment of Methods of Sampling and Characterizing Engineered Nanomaterials in the Air and on Surfaces in the Workplace.  As reported in our March 29, 2017, blog item, IRSST first published the report in French. … Continue Reading

Registration Opens for NNI Webinar on NanoEHS and Nanomedicine

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
Registration has opened for an August 20, 2018, webinar on “NanoEHS and Nanomedicine:  Similarities and Synergisms.”  The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) notes that there are many synergies between nanomedicine research, which addresses (among other topics) issues of efficacy and safety, and studies on the environmental, health, and safety effects of nanomaterials (nanoEHS), which include the… Continue Reading

ACGIH® Will Not Proceed with TLV® for Carbon Nanotubes in 2019

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
As reported in our January 31, 2018, blog item, the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH®) Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances (TLV®-CS) Committee included carbon nanotubes on its 2018 list of chemical substances and other issues under study.  Being placed on the under study list indicated that the TLV®-CS Committee had selected carbon… Continue Reading

NIOSH Draft CIB on Occupational Risk Assessment Discusses Emerging Practices, Including Nanomaterials Risk Assessment

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On July 26, 2018, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced the availability of a draft Current Intelligence Bulletin:  NIOSH Practices in Occupational Risk Assessment.  The draft Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) describes the underlying science and general approach used by NIOSH researchers when conducting high quality, scientifically sound assessments of the health… Continue Reading

NIOSH One-Pager Includes Accomplishments and Next Steps for Nanotechnology Research Center

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On July 9, 2018, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a one-page document on its Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC), which conducts research to understand the potential effects on human health of exposure to engineered nanomaterials and develops methods to control or eliminate exposures.  NTRC’s accomplishments include: Publishing 101 journal articles in… Continue Reading

Abstracts for 2018 ICOH Congress Include Several Regarding Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
The 32nd Triennial Congress of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) was held April 29 through May 4, 2018, in Dublin, Ireland.  Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) has published the abstracts for the Congress online, including the following ones concerning nanomaterials: “Update of potential hazards of nanomaterials,” by PA Schulte, I Iavicoli; “Overview —… Continue Reading

NIOSH Seeks Comment on Draft Nanotechnology Research Plan for FYs 2018-2025

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Federal Register notice on April 24, 2018, announcing the availability of a draft research plan entitled Continuing to Protect the Nanotechnology Workforce:  NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Plan for 2018-2025 for public comment.  The draft Nanotechnology Research Plan presents the Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC) strategic plan… Continue Reading

Dr. Chuck Geraci Appointed NIOSH Associate Director for Emerging Technologies

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
Effective April 15, 2018, Chuck Geraci, Ph.D., CIH, will be the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Associate Director for Emerging Technologies.  As Associate Director for Emerging Technologies, Dr. Geraci will be responsible for the planning, direction, and execution of emerging technology research activities at NIOSH, advising the NIOSH Director.  Emerging technologies with… Continue Reading

TechConnect World Innovation Conference Includes Panel on Safety in Advanced Manufacturing

Posted in Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The May 13-16, 2018, TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo will include a panel discussion on “Safety in Advanced Manufacturing: A Profit Maker or a Profit Taker?” as part of the advanced manufacturing symposium.  The panel discussion, which will be held on May 16, 2018, will provide a forum to examine existing health and safety… Continue Reading

NIOSH Draft NORA for Respiratory Health Recommends Preventing Dust-Induced Lung Diseases, Including Those Associated with Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On March 15, 2018, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced the availability of the draft National Occupational Research Agenda for Respiratory Health for public comment.  The National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) is a partnership program created to stimulate innovative research and improved workplace practices.  The draft NORA for Respiratory Health is… Continue Reading

NIOSH Publishes Poster Regarding Controlling Health Hazards When Working with Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
As reported in our March 13, 2018, blog item, on March 9, 2018, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published three documents in its Workplace Design Solutions series that address nanomaterials.  On March 12, 2018, NIOSH announced the availability of the new Workplace Design Solutions documents, as well as a poster, “Controlling… Continue Reading

NIOSH Publishes Workplace Design Solutions Addressing Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) began its Prevention through Design (PtD) initiative in 2007.  NIOSH states that its mission is to reduce or prevent occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities by considering hazard prevention in the design, re-design, and retrofit of new and existing workplaces, tools, equipment, and work processes.  On March… Continue Reading

CPSC Will Continue to Use Agency Collaborations to Focus on the Environmental Health and Safety of Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
On February 12, 2018, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) posted its Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Performance Report.  According to the Report, in fiscal year (FY) 2017, CPSC exceeded its target of five collaborations by establishing seven research collaborations on the environmental health and safety of nanomaterials.  The collaborations “will increase knowledge of the… Continue Reading

NIOSH Final Research Agenda for Manufacturing Addresses Nanomaterials

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 January 31, 2018, announcing the availability of the final National Occupational Research Agenda for Manufacturing.  NIOSH states that the National Occupational Research Agenda for Manufacturing “is intended to identify the knowledge and actions most urgently needed to identify occupational risk… Continue Reading

ACGIH® TLV®-CS Committee Seeks Information on Carbon Nanotubes

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH®) Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances (TLV®-CS) Committee has included carbon nanotubes on its 2018 list of chemical substances and other issues under study.  Being placed on the under study list indicates that the TLV®-CS Committee has selected carbon nanotubes for development of a threshold limit value… Continue Reading

NIOSH Will Use Experience in Managing Engineered Nanomaterials to Address Advanced Manufacturing

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
Charles Geraci, PhD, CIH, FAIHA, Associate Director for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and Laura Hodson, MSPH, CIH, FAIHA, Coordinator of the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center, co-authored an article entitled “From ‘Just in Time’ to ‘Just Next Door’:  21st-century Manufacturing Challenges and Opportunities for Industrial Hygienists.” … Continue Reading