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Welcome to the Nano and the Environment, Health and Safety group!  By joining this group, you can participate in discussion forums on topics of interest to you, or even work on a project with other group members. Additionally, as a group member you may receive notifications about new materials and events of interest to the nano and the environment, health and safety group members. Adding events to the group calendar is as easy as clicking on “add event”.

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This group contains the following:

 Link to the GoodNanoGuide

The mission of the GoodNanoGuide is to provide an Internet-based collaboration platform specially designed to enhance the ability of experts to exchange ideas on how best to handle nanomaterials in an occupational setting. It is meant to be an interactive forum that fills the need for up-to-date information about current good practices for managing nanomaterials in a work-related environment, highlighting new practices as they develop.

The goal of the GoodNanoGuide is to create a central repository for good practices for safely handling nanomaterials that can be used and contributed to by people from all over the world.  

Included in the GoodNanoGuide, which is housed on nanoHUB, are:  Training Resources on the basics of nanotechnology and good nanotechnology safety workplace practices, nanomaterial specific guidelines and protocols, and the nanomaterial occupational risk management matrix.

Index of Nano EHS Wiki Pages

Introductory Material

Ecological Implications of Nanotechnology

WALLA Morton Center (2010)
Taught by Chad Jafvert
Selected Topics: ecological implications, risk assessment of chemicals, nanoparticles in the aquatic environment, toxicity, detection, risk.

Ethics, Environment, and Nanotechnologies

Purdue University (2008)
Taught by Barbara Karn
Selected Topics: green nanotechnology, green chemistry, nanoethics, life cycle, risk management, governance, precautionary principle, environmental sustainability

Prevention through Design in Collaborative Research Environments

Purdue University (2010)
Taught by John Weaver
Selected Topics: National Institute of Safety and Health (NIOSH), prevention through design (PtD),vwork-related hazards, risks, construction, manufacture, use, maintenance, disposal, equipment, examples of PtD implementation

Social Implications of Nanoscience

WALLA Morton Center (2010)
Taught by Ronald Turco, Marianne Bischoff, Zhonghua Tong, Erika Espinosa, Leila Nyberg, Loring Nies, Tim Filley, Kathryn Schreiner, Chad Jafvert, Mary-Jane Orr, Bruce Applegate.
Selected Topics: nanometer, carbon based nanomaterials, soluble nanotubes, bottom up manufacturing, existing nano-based products, exposure routes, food web, environmental impacts, nanomaterials in the environment, degradation.

What We Know and Don’t Know About the Toxicity of Nanomaterials— Challenges in Developing Experimental Approaches for Safety Assessment

Purdue University (2010)
By Peter L Goering
Selected Topics: engineered nanomaterials (ENMs), nanomedicine, consumer products, safety evaluations, FDA review process, nanotoxicology

Graduate Courses

Electrical Safety & Safe Work Practices

Purdue University (2013) 5 Lectures.
Taught by Alan Gerth.
Selected Topics: electrical safety,work practices, GFCI, electrical equipment, outlets, power strips, exposure to energized parts, voltage gloves, arc rated clothing, shock hazards, arc flash, circuit breakers, OSHA regulations

Additional Resources

OSHA Fact Feet— Working Safely with Nanomaterials

The GoodNanoGuide

The goal of the GoodNanoGuide is to create a central repository for good practices for safely handling nanomaterials that can be used and contributed to by people from all over the world.

Nanomaterial-Biological Interactions Knowledgebase

The knowledgebase serves as a repository for annotated data on nanomaterial characterization (purity, size, shape, charge, composition, functionalization, agglomeration state), synthesis methods, and nanomaterial-biological interactions (beneficial, benign or deleterious) defined at multiple levels of biological organization (molecular, cellular, organismal). Computational and data mining tools are currently being developed and incorporated into the NBI to provide a logical framework to conduct species, route, dose, and scenario extrapolations and identify key data required to predict the biological interactions of nanomaterials.

UC-CEIN’s Nanotoolkit

The Nanotoolkit describes best practices for working safely with engineered nanomaterials in academic research settings.

nanoEHS Virtual Journal

A collection of papers addressing diverse aspects of nanotechnology/nanomaterials and risk.

Nanotechnology at NIOSH

NIOSH is the leading federal agency conducting research and providing guidance on the occupational safety and health implications and applications of nanotechnology. Given the rapid growth and global reach of nanotechnology, NIOSH established the Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC) in 2004 to identify critical issues, create a strategic plan for investigating these issues, coordinate the NIOSH research effort, develop research partnerships, and disseminate information gained.

Nanoremediation Map

DEQ Louisiana

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

EPA Superfund Website

EPA Contaminated Site Clean-Up Information

Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology

Harvard School of Public Health, a resource for nanoscience and nanotechnology, is supported by the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.