New Nanotechnology Workplace Design Recommendations from NIOSH
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released four tools to help companies control possible exposure of nanomaterials to their workers.
Workers in industries that use or make uniquely engineered nanomaterials may inhale nanoparticles on a daily basis, posing a potential respiratory risk.
“Researching, developing, and utilizing these nano properties is at the heart of new technology, just as worker safety is at the heart of what we do at NIOSH,” NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. said. “The information contained in these new workplace design solution documents provide employers with strategic steps towards making sure their employees stay safe while handling nanomaterials.”
The four new documents provide helpful recommendations on minimizing exposures during common processes and tasks, including:
- Handling and weighing of nanomaterials when scooping, pouring and dumping
- Harvesting nanomaterials and cleaning out reactors after materials are produced
- Processing of nanomaterials after production
- Working with nanomaterials of different forms, including dry powders or liquids
Each workplace design solutions document provides key tips on the design, use, and maintenance of exposure controls for nanomaterial production and use.