International guidelines outline safe nanomaterial use in the workplace

Tuesday, 20 January, 2009


ISO has just published the ISO/TR 12885:2008 'Health and safety practices in occupational settings relevant to nanotechnologies', which focuses on the manufacture and use of engineered nanomaterials.

The standard is based on current information about nanotechnologies, including characterisation, health effects, exposure assessments and control practices.

The field of nanotechnologies is advancing rapidly and is expected to impact on almost every facet of global industry and society. International standardisation contributes to realising the potential of this technology in a safe and sustainable manner through economic development, improving the quality of life while protecting public health and the environment.

Broadly applicable across a range of nanomaterials and applications, the standard provides advice for companies, researchers, workers and others to prevent adverse health and safety consequences during the production, handling, use and disposal of manufactured nanomaterials.

Dr Peter Hatto, Chair of ISO technical committee ISO/TC 229, Nanotechnologies, said: “The introduction of new engineered nanomaterials into the workplace raises questions concerning occupational safety and health that should be addressed, as appropriate, by international standards.

"While such standards are being developed, it is important, through ISO/TR 12885:2008, to assemble and make available to users useful knowledge on occupational safety and health practices in the context of nanotechnologies.”

The standard will be revised and updated, with new safety standards developed as knowledge increases and experience is gained in the course of technological advancement.

 

Related News

SWA launches campaign to combat lung disease in the workplace

Safe Work Australia has launched a campaign to raise awareness of occupational lung disease.

ABF cracks down on imported asbestos-laced building products

The Australian Border Force is taking action against the importation of building materials at...

Qld Govt commits $5m to fund dust lung disease research

The Queensland Government will invest $5 million in research to protect workers from occupational...


  • All content Copyright © 2021 Westwick-Farrow Pty Ltd