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EPA Announces Interagency Nanotechnology Implications Grantees Workshop

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the Interagency Nanotechnology Implications Grantees Workshop, which will feature presentations on recent research by EPA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH/NIEHS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and Department of Energy (DOE) grant researchers.  According… Continue Reading

Article Suggests Essential Elements for Risk Management

Posted in Occupational Health and Safety Issues
The August 2009 issue of Nature Nanotechnology includes an article entitled “Essential Features for Proactive Risk Management,” written by Vladimir Murashov, Ph.D., Special Assistant to the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and John Howard, M.D., former NIOSH Director. The authors “propose a proactive approach to the management of occupational health… Continue Reading

NIOSH Invites Submission of Papers on Nanotechnology Exposure Assessments

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
  According to its website, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has joined the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health in inviting submission of scientific papers for a special issue of the Journal. The special edition is provisionally entitled “Human and Environmental Exposure Assessment for Nanomaterials,” and will be edited by Vladimir… Continue Reading

ITC Issues Priority Testing List Report

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues
In a notice in the August 4, 2009, Federal Register, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Interagency Testing Committee (ITC) released its latest report to the Administrator. Under TSCA Section 4(e), the ITC is required ‘‘to make recommendations to the Administrator respecting the chemical substances and mixtures to which the Administrator should give priority consideration for… Continue Reading

Article Advocates NIOSH-Led National Nanotechnology Partnership

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has posted a link to an article entitled “National Nanotechnology Partnership to Protect Workers,” which proposes the creation of a National Nanotechnology Partnership led by NIOSH. The article, posted online on July 7, 2009, by the Journal of Nanoparticle Research, suggests the partnership be a collaboration of… Continue Reading

NIOSH Announces Conference on Nanomaterials and Occupational Health and Safety

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On July 15, 2009, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced plans to hold a conference entitled “Nanomaterials and Worker Health:  Occupational Health Surveillance, Exposure Registries, and Epidemiological Research.” The conference is intended to identify gaps in information about potential occupational health effects of nanomaterials, as well as address questions related to occupational… Continue Reading

NIOSH Requests Data on CNTs

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On April 8, 2009, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Federal Register notice announcing that it “intends to evaluate the scientific data on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and develop appropriate communication documents, such as an Alert and/or Current Intelligence Bulletin [CIB], which will convey the potential health risks and recommend measures… Continue Reading

NIOSH Publishes Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On March 30, 2009, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) posted a document entitled Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology: Managing the Health and Safety Concerns Associated with Engineered Nanomaterials. The document reviews what is currently known about nanoparticle toxicity, process emissions and exposure assessment, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment. NIOSH released a… Continue Reading

NIOSH Issues Update Regarding Paper on Issues in Developing Worker Epidemiological Studies Related to Engineered Nanoparticles

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
According to a February 27, 2009, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Update entitled “Issues in Developing Worker Epidemiological Studies Related to Engineered Nanoparticles Are Discussed in Paper,” NIOSH scientists and a colleague from Emory University have prepared a paper concerning issues that researchers will need to consider in designing sound epidemiological studies… Continue Reading

EPA Issues Consent Order for Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) recently posted two blog items regarding a consent order negotiated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The October 9, 2008, item states that EPA intends to issue a sanitized version of a consent order negotiated with a producer of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT). According to EDF, the order was prompted by… Continue Reading

Federal Agencies Will Hold Workshop on Enabling Standards for Nanomaterial Characterization

Posted in Federal, United States
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold an October 8-9, 2008, workshop regarding enabling standards for nanomaterial characterization.  According to the workshop overview, there is an “urgent need” to elevate new protocols and practices for characterizing the physicochemical properties of nanomaterials, and their in vitro and in vivo properties with respect to… Continue Reading

City of Cambridge Adopts Recommendations for a Municipal Health and Safety Policy on Nanomaterials

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, Local, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On July 28, 2008, the City Council of Cambridge, Massachusetts voted to accept a set of recommendations for a municipal health and safety policy on nanomaterials. The recommendations were set forth in a report prepared by the Cambridge Public Health Department (CPHD) and the Cambridge Nanomaterials Advisory Committee (CNAC). Cambridge now becomes the second city in the… Continue Reading

IARC Announces Carbon Nanotubes Nominated for Review

Posted in International, Other, Research
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently solicited nominations for substances for review in future IARC Monographs, which identify environmental factors that can increase the risk of human cancer. IARC states that it will select substances for review based on: (a) evidence of human exposure; and (b) evidence or suspicion of carcinogenicity. The 51 substances nominated… Continue Reading

NIOSH Blog Asks Whether Carbon Nanotubes Should Be Handled Like Asbestos

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On May 20, 2008, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) posted an entry on its science blog entitled “Nanotechnology: Should carbon nanotubes be handled in the workplace like asbestos?” The entry was prompted by the release of two recent reports contributing to the carbon nanotube/asbestos fiber comparison debate. The entry asks what the implications are… Continue Reading

German Chemical Industry Association Releases Nanomaterials Product Stewardship Document

Posted in Environmental Issues, EU Member State, Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On March 11, 2008, the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) released a report entitled Responsible Production and Use of Nanomaterials, which is a series of documents intended to provide guidance on all aspects of a good product stewardship on nanomaterials. The documents include joint papers prepared by VCI and the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety… Continue Reading

PEN Report Finds States Could Prompt Federal Action Regarding Nanotechnology

Posted in Environmental Issues, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Local, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, State, United States
On April 9, 2008, the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) released a report entitled Room at the Bottom? Potential State and Local Strategies for Managing the Risks and Benefits of Nanotechnology. According to the report, because of the slow pace of federal action to regulate development of nanotechnology, “there is ‘room at the bottom’ for state and… Continue Reading

NIOSH Seeks Participants for Field Research and for Metal Oxides Study

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On March 25, 2008, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) posted fact sheets regarding several initiatives for which it seeks participants. NIOSH states that the initiatives are fully funded by NIOSH, and there is no monetary cost to the participant.  The first two fact sheets concern NIOSH’s Nanotechnology Field Research Team, which is… Continue Reading

NIOSH Seeks Comment on Strategic Plan for Nanotechnology Research

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
Last week the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requested comments on its Strategic Plan for NIOSH Nanotechnology Research and Guidance:  Filling the Knowledge Gaps (Strategic Plan).  NIOSH intends the Strategic Plan “to provide a tool for coordinating nanotechnology research across the Institute and to provide a guide for enhancing the development of… Continue Reading

NIOSH Publishes “Safe Nanotechnology in the Workplace”

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On February 29, 2008, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced the availability of a brochure entitled “Safe Nanotechnology in the Workplace: An Introduction for Employers, Managers, and Safety and Health Professionals.” The brochure addresses the following questions: whether nanoparticles are hazardous to workers; how workers can be exposed; whether nanoparticles can be measured; and… Continue Reading

NIOSH Summarizes Recent International Activities

Posted in Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD, United States
On December 19, 2007, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published an update entitled “NIOSH Informs, Leads Nanotechnology Actions by International Partner Organizations.” In the Update, NIOSH summarizes its recent contributions to international research: On November 29, 2007, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials agreed to… Continue Reading

FDLI and PEN Will Cosponsor First Annual Conference on Nanotechnology Law, Regulation, and Policy

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) will hold a conference on February 28-29, 2008, on “Nanotechnology Law, Regulation and Policy.” Questions addressed during the conference will include: How is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) going to implement its Nanotechnology Task Force… Continue Reading

Draft CIB on Medical Screening of Workers Potentially Exposed to Nanoparticles Available for Comment

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On December 12, 2007, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced the availability of the draft Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) entitled “Interim Guidance on Medical Screening of Workers Potentially Exposed to Engineered Nanoparticles.” NIOSH will hold a public meeting on the draft CIB on January 30, 2008. The meeting will include scientists and representatives… Continue Reading

Bush Administration Releases Principles for Nanotechnology Environmental, Health, and Safety Oversight

Posted in Environmental Issues, Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On November 8, 2007, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued a memorandum regarding “Principles for Nanotechnology Environmental, Health, and Safety Oversight.” According to the memorandum, OSTP and CEQ “led a multi-agency consensus-based process” to develop principles intended to guide the development and implementation of policies for… Continue Reading