Nanotechnology and Occupational Safety and Health: What are the Issues, What do we know, and What is NIOSH Doing
Dr. Charles Geraci is a member of the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Council and coordinates a number of Nanotechnology projects in the Institute. He is also Chief of the Document Development Branch where he manages projects dealing with the development of recommendations to address worker health and safety in new or emerging technologies. He has over 30 years of Industrial Hygiene practice experience that has included the federal government, consulting, and private industry. Dr. Geraci earned a B.S in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Michigan State University. He is Board Certified in both the Comprehensive Practice and the Chemical Aspects of Industrial Hygiene and is a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. As a member of the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Council, Dr Geraci is responsible for the development of workplace guidelines, including the document "Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology". He is also leader of the NIOSH nanotechnology field team that is conducting visits to nanomaterial producers and users to characterize exposures, evaluate controls, and develop best practices. Dr. Geraci's experience includes 10 years in industry at the Procter & Gamble Company where he was an Associate Director of Corporate HS&E. His research interests include development of exposure monitoring methods, evaluating the effectiveness of training, developing effective methods for risk characterization and management, and assessing the hazards and risks of new technologies.