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OECD Report Examines How to Determine Concentrations of Manufactured Nanomaterials in Workplace Air

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, OECD, Research
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has posted an October 30, 2017, report entitled Strategies, Techniques and Sampling Protocols for Determining the Concentrations of Manufactured Nanomaterials in Air at the Workplace.  The objective of the report is to contribute to existing knowledge regarding methods for measuring characteristics of airborne nanoparticles and controlling occupational… Continue Reading

European Trade Union Institute Publishes Policy Brief on EUON

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) recently published a policy brief entitled “EU Observatory for Nanomaterials:  a constructive view on future regulation.”  The policy brief provides information about the European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON), how it is being developed, its limitations, and “why it is not an ideal option.”  According to the policy… Continue Reading

EPA Publishes SNUR for MWCNTs (Generic)

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published on October 19, 2017, a direct final rule promulgating significant new use rules (SNUR) for 29 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN).  The 29 chemical substances are subject to consent orders issued by EPA under Section 5(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act.  The direct… Continue Reading

EPA Promulgates Final SNUR for Bimodal Mixture Consisting of MWCNTs and Other Classes of CNTs

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On October 3, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a final significant new use rule (SNUR) under Section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the chemical substance identified generically as bimodal mixture consisting of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) and other classes of carbon nanotubes (CNT), which was the subject of… Continue Reading

EPA Issues Direct Final SNURs for Carbon Nanotube (Generic) and Nanocarbon (Generic)

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated on September 21, 2017, significant new use rules (SNUR) for 37 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN).  Six of the chemical substances, including carbon nanotube (generic) and nanocarbon (generic), are subject to consent orders issued by EPA under Section 4 of the Toxic Substances… Continue Reading

NIOSH Engineering Controls Program Protects Workers from Emerging Hazards

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On September 6, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Program Performance One-Pager entitled NIOSH Engineering Controls Program.  The Program’s activities include providing engineering control recommendations to protect workers from emerging hazards in nanotechnology and advanced materials used in additive manufacturing/three-dimensional (3D) printing.  The Program is currently working to: Complete… Continue Reading

NIOSH Draft Research Agenda for Manufacturing Addresses Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
On August 23, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Federal Register notice requesting comment on its draft National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) for Manufacturing for public comment.  The NORA Manufacturing Sector Council wrote the Agenda, which “identifies the most important occupational safety and health research needs for the next… Continue Reading

NIOSH Report Highlighting Second Decade of Research Agenda Includes Nano Developments

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On August 10, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a report entitled National Occupational Research Agenda:  Second Decade in Review | 2006-2016.  The report outlines the progress and impact made in addressing occupational safety and health research needs over the second decade of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA).  The… Continue Reading

NIEHS Using Survey to Update 2012-2017 Strategic Plan

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), wrote an editorial in Environmental Health Perspectives on “Updating the NIEHS Strategic Plan.”  According to Birnbaum, NIEHS is developing a plan to guide its next five years and seeks broad input.  NIEHS has created an online survey, “Trends & Insights: Next Steps for… Continue Reading

NIOSH Submits Proposed Survey to OMB, Will Accept Comments for 30 Days

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On July 17, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Federal Register notice announcing it submitted a proposed information collection to the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval.  The proposed project is “Survey of Engineered Nanomaterial Occupational Safety and Health Practices.”  As reported in our February 14,… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has published a chapter in the fifth edition of the NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods (NMAM) entitled “Analysis of Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers on Mixed Cellulose Ester Filters by Transmission Electron Microscopy.”  The draft chapter provides standardized approaches for the analysis of carbon nanoparticles.  The chapter… Continue Reading

ECHA Launches EU Observatory for Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
On June 14, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the launch of the European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON).  ECHA states that EUON “offers a unique web-based information point with factual and neutral content about nanomaterials on the EU market.”  EUON is targeted at a wide audience, including consumers, workers, regulators, and scientists. … Continue Reading

KAN Reviews Nanotechnology Standardization Documents from OSH Perspective

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
Germany’s Commission for Occupational Health and Safety (KAN) released in May 2017 a report entitled Standardization in nanotechnology — Status review and requirements analysis from the occupational safety and health perspective.  According to the report, which is in German but includes an English summary, the authors conducted a structured status review of the standardization situation… Continue Reading

France Publishes English Summary of Study on Development of Nanomaterials by 2030

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On April 26, 2017, France’s National Research and Safety Institute (INRS) published a press release announcing the availability of an English summary of a foresight study conducted in 2014 on the development of nanomaterials by 2030 and the consequences on safety and health in small businesses in France.  Four scenarios were envisioned: (1)       Strong… Continue Reading

Germany Publishes Final Report from Project on Methodology for Identifying Granular Biopersistent Particles at Workplaces

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
Germany’s Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) has published the final report for the project “Methodology for the Identification of Granular Biopersistent Particles (GBP) at Workplaces.”  The final report states that the category includes respirable granular biopersistent particles without known significant specific toxicity.  This category comprises various materials such as minerals, metals, metal… Continue Reading

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

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

NanoMONITOR Demo Version Now Available Online

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
NanoMONITOR, a project partly funded by the European Commission Life+ with grant agreement LIFE14 ENV/ES/000662, is intended to develop a real-time information and monitoring system to support the risk assessment of nanomaterials under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation.  The overall objective of the NanoMONITOR project is to improve the use… Continue Reading

AIHA Publishes Nanomaterial Stewardship Guidance

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On March 29, 2017, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) announced the availability of nanomaterial stewardship guidance sponsored by the AIHA Nanotechnology Working Group.  The guidance addresses stewardship considerations for nanomaterials and nanoproducts based on the evolving state of the science for human health hazard, exposure, and risk assessment.  The guidance promotes a life cycle… Continue Reading

IRSST Publishes Report for Project on Development and Validation of Methods for Sampling and Characterizing Engineered Nanomaterials in Air and on Workplace Surfaces

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
On March 7, 2017, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) published the final report for Project 2013-0059, “The Development and Validation of Methods for Sampling and Characterizing Engineered Nanomaterials in Air and on Workplace Surfaces.”  The report is available in French, but the abstract is available in English. … 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

NanoMONITOR Workshop Will Examine Supporting the Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials under REACH

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
NanoMONITOR’s first stakeholders’ day, April 4, 2017, will include a workshop on “Development of a real-time information and monitoring system to support the risk assessment of nanomaterials under REACH.”  The overall aim of the NanoMONITOR project is to develop a prototype system to generate robust, accessible, comparable, and interoperable environmental and indoor air monitoring data… 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