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Best Practices

This working group has been created to facilitate and develop activities producing or using information in support of nanotechnology health and environmental risk assessment and management. To accomplish this objective, the group has developed strategic tasks to provide the information for the following priority areas:

  • The GoodNanoGuide:  Develop and launch a protected Internet site on occupational practices for the safe handling of nanomaterials using a wiki-software platform. - Project Active
    • Create a process wherein multiple stakeholders within the international community contribute, share and discuss information related to occupational safety
    • Establish a modern, interactive forum that fills the need for up-to-date information and remains current as new practices develop

  • Current Practices for working with nanomaterials: Facilitate the documentation of current best practice guidelines for identifying, managing and reducing risks (across all lifecycle phases) for the production, handling, use and disposal of nanomaterials - Project Complete

Reports Issued:

"A Survey of Current Practices in the Nanotechnology  Workplace"
(Issued November 13, 2006) - (with TOC and Index links - updated 10/13/2008)
 Executive Summary

"Current Knowledge and Practices Regarding Environmental Health and Safety in the Nanotechnology Workplace"
(Issued October 18, 2006)

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This work is supported in part by the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Initiative of the National Science Foundation
under NSF Award Number EEC-0118007.

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