The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services.
NIOSH is the leading federal agency conducting research and providing guidance on the occupational safety and health implications of nanotechnology. This research focuses NIOSH's scientific expertise on
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answering questions that are essential to understanding safe approaches to nanotechnology. Some of these questions include:
• Are workers exposed to nanomaterials in the manufacture and use of nanomaterials, and if so what are the characteristics and levels of exposures?
• What effects might nanoparticles have on the body's systems?
• Are there potential adverse health effects of working with nanomaterials?
• What work practices, personal protective equipment, and engineering controls are available, and
• How effective are they for controlling exposures to nanomaterials?
NIOSH believes that the answer to these questions is critical for supporting the responsible development of nanotechnology and for maintaining competitiveness of the United States in the growing and dynamic nanotechnology market.
NIOSH publishes a document called Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology. The document reviews what is currently known about nanoparticle toxicity and control. The document serves as a request from NIOSH to occupational safety and health practitioners, researchers, product innovators and manufacturers, employers, workers, interest group members, and the general public to exchange information that will ensure that no worker suffers material impairment of safety or health as nanotechnol-ogy develops.
Opportunities to provide feedback and information are available throughout this document. You can download a copy ofthe document by contacting the following Web site: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ nanotech/safenano/
To learn more about Nanotechnology and NIOSH go to: http://www. cdc.gov/niosh/topics/nanotech/
NIOSH provides an online library on nanotechnology. Go to: http: //www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/nanotech/nil.html
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