Nanotechnology Now

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


Home > Press > SAFENANO team complete BSI British Standards guide to safe handling of nanomaterials

The British Standards Institute today published the first publicly available extensive guide to safe handling of nanomaterials. PD 6699-2:2007 Nanotechnologies - Part 2: Guide to safe handling and disposal of manufactured nanomaterials provides step-by-step guidance through the general approach to management of risks, information needs, hazard assessment, measurement of exposure, methods of control and disposal. It is intended to help manufacturers and users work with nanomaterials in a safe and responsible way.

SAFENANO team complete BSI British Standards guide to safe handling of nanomaterials

UK | Posted on January 19th, 2008

The guide was drafted by the SAFENANO team and approved by BSI Committee NTI/1, Nanotechnologies.

SAFENANO Director Rob Aitken, who led the team appointed to draft the guide said "Publication of this guide provides an important step forward in the information available to manufacturers and users of nanomaterials. It is intended to be a pragmatic document which provides users with a practical way to deal with nanomaterial risk issues".

The guide provides an innovative approach to hazard classification and suggests benchmark exposure levels for four classes of nanomaterials and an encouragement to collect exposure information. The benchmark levels are intended to provide reasonably cautions levels, but should not be considered as rigorously developed Workplace Exposure Limits. Control approaches for various scenarios such as deliberate aerosolization and transferring/mixing of dry materials, again with the encouragement that these are supported by measurement.

"Given the current state of knowledge about nanoparticle toxicology and risk it will be some time before formal workplace exposure limits can be developed. Our view is that this guide, and the benchmark levels suggested provides the best basis for progress at this stage." said Aitken.

‘If you are developing, producing, handling, or otherwise working with engineered nanomaterials, READ THIS GUIDE!' said Andrew Maynard, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars' Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies in in his review of the guide . ‘Its value lies in down-to-earth know-how. This is a shop-floor manual for making decisions where the rubber hits the road.' For the rest of Andrew's comments, please follow this link to read his review and blog - Safe nanotechnology in the workplace: A practical guide

The guide is available to download for free from the BSI site - Click here for access.

If you would like to comment on the guide please contribute your thoughts to the BSI Guide thread in the SAFENANO Community.


The Safenano Initiative is a venture by the Institute of Occupational Medicine ( IOM ). The initiative was designed to help industrial and academic communities to quantify and control the risks to their workforce, as well as to consumers, the general population collage and the environment, through both information provision and consultancy services.

The Institute of Occupational Medicine is one of the UK's foremost promoters of responsible nanotechnology development, and possesses extensive experience concerning the potential risks from particles and fibres. A combination of this expertise and state-of-art techniques allows the IOM to extend current knowledge and facilitate comparisons between existing substances and new nanoparticles.

For more information, please click here

Copyright © SAFENANO

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

New Hopes for Treatment of Intestine Cancer by Edible Nanodrug March 2nd, 2015

Imec, Holst Centre and Renesas Present World’s Lowest Power 2.4GHz Radio Chip for Bluetooth Low Energy March 1st, 2015

Imec, Murata, and Huawei Introduce Breakthrough Solution for TX-to-RX Isolation in Reconfigurable, Multiband Front-End Modules for Mobile Phones: Electrical-Balance Duplexers Pave the Way to Integrated Solution for TX-to-RX Isolation March 1st, 2015

Imec Demonstrates Compact Wavelength-Division Multiplexing CMOS Silicon Photonics Transceiver March 1st, 2015


First detailed microscopy evidence of bacteria at the lower size limit of life: Berkeley Lab research provides comprehensive description of ultra-small bacteria February 28th, 2015

Warming up the world of superconductors: Clusters of aluminum metal atoms become superconductive at surprisingly high temperatures February 25th, 2015

SUNY Poly CNSE Researchers and Corporate Partners to Present Forty Papers at Globally Recognized Lithography Conference: SUNY Poly CNSE Research Group Awarded Both ‘Best Research Paper’ and ‘Best Research Poster’ at SPIE Advanced Lithography 2015 forum February 25th, 2015

European roadmap for graphene science and technology published February 25th, 2015


New Hopes for Treatment of Intestine Cancer by Edible Nanodrug March 2nd, 2015

Imec Demonstrates Compact Wavelength-Division Multiplexing CMOS Silicon Photonics Transceiver March 1st, 2015

onic Present breakthrough in CMOS-based Transceivers for mm-Wave Radar Systems March 1st, 2015

Graphene Shows Promise In Eradication Of Stem Cancer Cells March 1st, 2015

Safety-Nanoparticles/Risk management

Potential toxicity of cellulose nanocrystals examined in Industrial Biotechnology journal February 19th, 2015

A breakthrough in nanotoxicology by INRS researchers: Silver nanoparticles and inflammation February 18th, 2015

“Nanorama Laboratory“: Free Tool on Safe Handling of Nanomaterials Now Available in English! February 4th, 2015

Worms lead way to test nanoparticle toxicity: Rice University study validates low-cost, high-throughput technology February 2nd, 2015

The latest news from around the world, FREE

  Premium Products
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More

Nanotechnology Now Featured Books


The Hunger Project

© Copyright 1999-2015 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE