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Registration Opens for NNI Webinar on Measurements of Potential Ecotoxicological Risk

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
Registration is now available for the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) June 11, 2019, webinar on “Practical Applications of 15 Years of NanoEHS Research:  Measurements of Potential Ecotoxicological Risk.”  The speaker will be Dr. Elijah Petersen, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Dr. Treye Thomas, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and NNI Coordinator… Continue Reading

NIOSH Activities at 2019 AIHce EXP Include Presentations on Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On May 17, 2019, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced that its presentations at the May 20-22, 2019, American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Expo (AIHce EXP) include: PDC 601: How to Assess and Manage Nanomaterial Risks Presenters:  Laura Hodson, Adrienne Eastlake Type:  Professional Development Course, May 19, 2019; 119 — An… Continue Reading

Slides Available from ACS Webinar on Working Safely with Nanomaterials in the Laboratory

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has posted the slides from its May 16, 2019, webinar on working safely with nanomaterials in the laboratory.  Chuck Geraci, Associate Director for Emerging Technologies at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), moderated a panel including: Ken Kretchman, Director of Environmental Health Safety, North Carolina State University;… Continue Reading

ISO Issues Method to Quantify Air Concentrations of Carbon Black and Amorphous Silica in the Nanoparticle Size Range in a Mixed Dust Manufacturing Environment

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published standard ISO/TS 21361:2019, “Nanotechnologies — Method to quantify air concentrations of carbon black and amorphous silica in the nanoparticle size range in a mixed dust manufacturing environment.”  The standard provides guidelines to quantify and identify particles of carbon black and/or amorphous silica in air samples collected in… Continue Reading

NIOSH Seeks Comment on Proposed Information Collection Project That Will Survey Engineered Nanomaterial Occupational Safety and Health Practices

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On April 23, 2019, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Federal Register notice inviting comment on a proposed information collection project entitled “Survey of Engineered Nanomaterial Occupational Safety and Health Practices.”  The goal of the project is to assess the relevance and impact of NIOSH’s contribution to guidelines and risk… Continue Reading

ACS Will Hold Free Webinar on Working Safely with Nanomaterials in the Laboratory

Posted in Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
On May 16, 2019, the American Chemical Society (ACS) will hold a webinar on working safely with nanomaterials in the laboratory.  Chuck Geraci, Associate Director for Emerging Technologies at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), will moderate a panel including: Ken Kretchman, Director of Environmental Safety, NC State University; Craig Merlic, Professor… Continue Reading

TechConnect World 2019 Will Include Panel on Applying the Best Health, Safety, and Environment Practices to Advanced Manufacturing

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo will be held June 17-19, 2019.  It will include the third installment of a panel started three years ago, “Tools and Techniques:  Applying the Best Health, Safety, and Environment Practices to Advanced Manufacturing.”  The Symposium Co-Chairs include: Sally Tinkle, Senior Strategy and Policy Advisor, IDA/Science and Technology Policy Institute;… Continue Reading

California Committee Includes Ultrafine Titanium Dioxide on Its Draft Priority 1 List for PEL Review

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, State, United States
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s (Cal/OSHA) Health Effects Advisory Committee (HEAC) for the Development of Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL) will meet on June 4, 2019.  According to the meeting agenda, HEAC will discuss the selection of Priority 1 substances for HEAC review.  HEAC has posted a draft 2019 Priority 1 List consisting… Continue Reading

Registration Begins for NNI Webinar on Characterization and Quantification of Engineered Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
Registration is available for the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) April 9, 2019, webinar on “Characterization and Quantification of Engineered Nanomaterials:  Drivers of NanoEHS Research.”  The speaker will be Dr. Robert MacCuspie, Natural Immunogenics Corp., and Dr. Debra Kaiser, National Institute of Standards and Technology, will moderate.  The webinar will examine the significant progress in characterization… Continue Reading

“Stories from the NNI” Discusses Nanotechnology and Workplace Safety with Dr. Chuck Geraci

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The March 18, 2019, episode of the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) podcast series, “Stories from the NNI,” is a conservation with Dr. Chuck Geraci, Associate Director for Emerging Technologies at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf, Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), and Dr. Geraci discuss how… Continue Reading

2019 NanoEHS CORs Workshop Will Be Held in October

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
The 2019 U.S.-European Union (EU) NanoEHS Communities of Research (COR) Workshop will take place October 15-16, 2019, at the Europole de l’Arbois in Aix en Provence, France.  The workshop is organized by the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and the European Commission (EC).  The agenda for the October 2018 Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts Joint Workshop… Continue Reading

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

Posted in International, 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 2019 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 Publishes Nanotechnology Research Plan for 2018-2025

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On January 24, 2019, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a document entitled Continuing to Protect the Nanotechnology Workforce:  NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Plan for 2018-2025.  NIOSH is using the Nanotechnology Research Plan for fiscal years (FY) 2018-2025 as a roadmap to advance:  (1) understanding of nanotechnology-related toxicology and workplace exposures; and… Continue Reading

B&C Publishes Forecast for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2019

Posted in Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and its consulting affiliate The Acta Group (Acta®) published on January 8, 2019, our “Forecast for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2019.”  In this richly detailed document, the legal, scientific, and regulatory professionals of B&C and Acta distill key trends in U.S. and global chemical law and provide… Continue Reading

Transcript Available for NIOSH Webinar on Revised Draft CIB for Silver Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has posted the transcript for the October 30, 2018, webinar on its revised draft document entitled Current Intelligence Bulletin:  Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterials.  As reported in our September 19, 2018, blog item, the revised draft Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) provides an updated… Continue Reading

Canada’s Occupational Cancer Research Center Holds Seminar on Mitigating Exposures to Engineered Nanomaterials in the Workplace

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On December 7, 2018, the Occupational Cancer Research Center (OCRC) held a seminar on “Perspectives on Mitigating Exposures to Engineered Nanomaterials in the Workplace.”  The seminar was part of the Occupational and Environmental Health seminar series supported by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Public Health Ontario, OCRC, and the Center for Research Expertise… Continue Reading

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