The protection of the workforce is paramount. The ongoing discoveries of nanotechnology-based phenomena and effects and the identification of nanotechnologies as a Key Enabling Technology (KET) to innovation initiatives has led to an increased push to researching the technologies’ potential in providing solutions to current challenges in almost all industrial sectors. Some of these sectors are experienced with the use of potentially dangerous materials, intermediates and equipment, while others need to be guided and trained, in order to adequately protect their workforce.
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently published Guidelines on Protecting Workers from Potential Risks of Manufactured Nanomaterials (MNM). This document, intended for policy makers and occupational health and safety professionals contains recommendations on ‘how best to protect workers from the potential risks of MNMs’ but are ‘not intended as a handbook or manual for safe handling of MNMS in the workplace’.
NIA's Director of Regulatory Affairs, Dr David Carlander, has been interviewed in the Chemistry World publication of the UK Royal Society of Chemistry, in its article 'New testing guidelines to standardise toxicity testing for nanomaterials' published on October 27, 2017. Dr Carlander as well as Dr Andrew Maynard, Professor professor at the school for the future of innovation in society at Arizona State University, are quoted in the the article.
ECHA has just launched the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON). The EUON is a website in 23 EU languages that will aim to give citizens, workers and professionals access to information on nanomaterials on the EU market. The EUON will be launched in 3 steps, with additional information being made available at each step and is currently funded up until 2020.