2008 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - Nanotech 2008 - 11th Annual

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The Development of Safe Nanotechnology: Workshop Proceedings

C. Rowan-West, B. Kwetz, E. Kunce
MA Department of Environmental Protection, US

State government, public sector, worker safety, environmental releases, product safety

Massachusetts Workshop Proceedings The Big Picture: Safe Development of Nanotechnology In April 2007, a Massachusetts Interagency Nanotechnology Committee was formed to gain a better understanding of the emerging field of nanotechnology. The collaborating agencies include the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Public Health, Division of Occupational Safety, Office of Technical Assistance and Toxics Reduction Institute. The collaborating agencies have different authorities and bring diverse interests to Committee forums, allowing for comprehensive discussions of the nanotechnology sectors in Massachusetts. The first goal of the Interagency Committee was to start a dialog with Massachusetts’ industries, consumer representatives, other government agencies, academia, and environmentalists to characterize the nanotechnology sectors in Massachusetts. The second goal was to use information from the dialog to obtain a better understanding of nanomaterial/nanoproduct manufacturing, product use and disposal, and to identify potential hazards of the technology as well as potential roadblocks to the safe development of nanotechnology. The Interagency Committee agreed that a workshop would provide an opportunity to begin the dialog with the goal of creating alliances with the participants. This poster will describe themes from the Workshop and more specific action items from the breakout sessions on worker safety, environmental releases and product safety.

Nanotech 2008 Conference Program Abstract