National Nanomanufacturing Network: Drs. Michael Ellenbecker and Candace Tsai of the University of Massachusetts Lowell have authored a working document, Interim Best Practices for Working with Nanoparticles, for use at the NSF Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN). This publicly available document will be discussed at the upcoming 2nd Annual Massachusetts Nanotechnology Workshop in Boston, MA, on January 29.
The Interim Best Practices document establishes safety guidelines for minimizing inhalation, dermal, and ingestion exposure to nanoparticles for the CHN faculty, staff, and students who work with these materials. Of course, it can be applied to any laboratory that works with nanoparticles, including nanotubes and nanowires.
After defining both engineered and industrial nanoparticles, the authors provide information for routine laboratory operations that limit exposure to nanoparticles through engineering and administrative controls, and personal protective equipment. Additionally, the authors provide information on the general management of nanomaterials, assuming--based on the Precautionary Principle--that they ought to be treated as hazardous materials.
Dr. Ellenbecker will present the Interim Best Practices document at the 2nd Annual Massachusetts Nanotechnology Workshop on Promoting Safe Develoment of Nanotechnology, a forum that is specifically designed to engender feedback from the community of practitioners--from researchers to manufacturers to industrial hygenienists--that work with nanomaterials.