The protection of the workforce is paramount. The ongoing discoveries of nanotechnology-based phenomena and effects and the identification of nanotechnologies as a Key Enabling Technology (KET) to innovation initiatives has led to an increased push to researching the technologies’ potential in providing solutions to current challenges in almost all industrial sectors. Some of these sectors are experienced with the use of potentially dangerous materials, intermediates and equipment, while others need to be guided and trained, in order to adequately protect their workforce.
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Under the Toxic Substances Control Act, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) proposed a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) with recordkeeping requirements for the substance defined as: 'bimodal mixture consisting of multi-walled carbon nanotubes and other classes of carbon nanotubes (generic)'.
The aim of the meeting is to present and discuss several of the main outcomes and reports from these two large EU projects on Nanomaterials Health and Safety. Both these projects are coming to an end in the first half of 2017 and many of the outcomes, reports and deliverables are of high relevance for industries working with nanomaterials/nanotechnologies.
As part of the NANoREG project financed by the European Commission (NIA is an active partner and work package leader in NANoREG), the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has published the NANoREG Harmonised Terminology for Environmental Health and Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials.