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NIOSH Issues Updated 'Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology,' Reiterating Interim Guidance on Controlling Workplace ExposuresPosted on April 6th, 2009
The new document, which is available at www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2009-125/, reflects new scientific findings from ongoing research that have been published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature since the last revised draft version of "Approaches" was issued in 2006. These include findings from NIOSH's own strategic research program, as well as research by scientific partners from the U.S. and abroad.
"Health and safety practitioners and business observers have agreed that robust scientific research and authoritative, science-based recommendations are vital for the responsible development and growth of nanotechnology," said NIOSH Acting Director Christine M. Branche, Ph.D. "NIOSH is pleased to issue the updated 'Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology' to provide ongoing interim guidance, reflect the astonishing advance of complex research in this area, and engage public review and comment."
More information about NIOSH's strategic research program on the occupational health and safety implications and applications of nanotechnology can be found at www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/nanotech/. NIOSH's collaborative research addresses critical gaps in information needed for risk assessment in this emerging field. These include current gaps in information on ways in which workers may be exposed, ways for characterizing and measuring exposures, and potential effects of exposure. NIOSH's research and interim recommendations have been widely cited in the U.S. and abroad.
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