Safe Practices for Working with Engineered Nanomaterials in Research Laboratories
M.J. Ellenbecker, S. Tsai, J. Isaacs, C. Geraci
University of Massachusetts Lowell, US
Keywords: nanoparticle exposure, safe practices, best practices, research laboratories
Abstract:The Center for High-Rate nanomanufacturing (CHN) is a National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center collocated at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Northeastern University, and the University of New Hampshire. A unique aspect of CHN is its dedication to performing all of its activities in a manner that protects worker and environmental health. An Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) team at UMass Lowell, headed by Drs. Ellenbecker and Tsai, is doing research on the measurement and control of engineered nanoparticle exposures and evaluating exposures in CHN laboratories. The OEHS team has worked in cooperation with NIOSH to write a guidance document titled “Safe Practices for Working with Engineered Nanomaterials in Research Laboratories.” The information in the document comes from two primary sources: 1) a comprehensive, critical review of guidelines previously published by various groups, including universities, corporations, government agencies, and professional societies; and 2) practical information gained while measuring and controlling nanoparticle exposures in the various CHN laboratories.