More than a thousand consumer products already on the market in the United States contain nanomaterials, according to NIOSH.

NIOSH Releases New Nanomaterial Control Recommendations

The section on engineering controls -- local exhaust ventilation, isolation, and dust suppression methods -- states they are likely to be the most effective control strategy for nanomaterials, but it also advises using elimination and substitution first if they are feasible.

NIOSH has published new recommendations for controlling workers' exposures to engineered nanomaterials when such materials are used industrially. The agency's new document, "Current Strategies for Engineering Controls in Nanomaterial Production and Downstream Handling Processes," DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2014-102, is available at www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2014-102/ and was posted Nov. 8.

The recommendations follow the standard hierarchy of controls, and the document is well illustrated with photos and diagrams of ventilation equipment, fume hoods, PPE, and other protective equipment. More than a thousand consumer products already on the market contain nanomaterials, including makeup, sunscreen, food storage products, appliances, clothing, electronics, computers, sporting goods, and coatings, according to the agency’s news release.

"As we continue to work with diverse partners to study the health effects produced by exposure to nanomaterials, particularly as new materials and products continue to be introduced, it is prudent to protect workers now from potential adverse health outcomes," NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard said. "These recommendations represent the kind of science-based guidance that our partners have requested, as a vital component for supporting the safe growth of nanotechnology and U.S. leadership in the global market."

The section on engineering controls – local exhaust ventilation, isolation, and dust suppression methods -- are likely to be the most effective control strategy for nanomaterials, but it also advises using elimination and substitution first if they are feasible. Administrative controls and PPE "may be less expensive [than engineering controls] to establish but, over the long term, can be very costly to sustain" and are less effective, the document states.

Its recommendations on PPE discuss chemical-resistant gloves and respiratory protection. Controls are recommended for reactor operations and cleanout processes, small-scale weighing and handling of nanopowders, intermediate and finishing processes, and maintenance tasks.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/nanotech.

Download Center

  • Industrial Premium Library

    Empower your workforce with the manufacturing, industrial maintenance, operations, HSE, compliance, and professional development skills they need to complete their tasks efficiently and safely. Not only will you boost productivity, reliability, skills, and morale but you’ll also onboard faster, and retain your best employees while meeting regulatory standards. Vector Solutions offers over 1,800 award-winning eLearning courses designed to keep your employees safe, transfer knowledge of fundamentals, and develop industry and job-specific skills that reduce downtime, maintenance costs and more.

  • Safety Metrics & Insights Webinar

    EHS professionals have been tackling the subject of how to best measure performance for many years. Lagging indicators like the Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) and Days Away Restricted Transfer Rate (DART) are a good place to start, but you shouldn’t forget about the leading indicators that your workforce does every day to prevent incidents from occurring. Learn about some of the most common KPIs of safety programs and how Vector EHS Management software can be used to track these metrics in this webinar.

  • Risk Matrix Guide

    Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively. Download this guide for details on risk matrix calculations including severity, probability, and risk assessment.

  • OSHA Recordkeeping Guide

    In case you missed it, OSHA recently initiated an enforcement program to identify employers who fail to electronically submit Form 300A recordkeeping data to the agency. When it comes to OSHA recordkeeping, there are always questions regarding the requirements and ins and outs. This guide is here to help! We’ll explain reporting, recording, and online reporting requirements in detail.

  • Safety Metrics Guide

    Is your company leveraging its safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace? With so much data available, where do you start? This downloadable guide will give you insight on helpful key performance indicators (KPIs) you should track for your safety program

  • Vector Solutions

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - September 2022

    September 2022

    Featuring:

    • ESG
      EHS Will Guide Future ESG Success for Many Organizations
    • MACHINE GUARDING
      Handling Material Handlers: Training Beyond PIT Requirements
    • EHS SOFTWARE
      The Missing Link with EHS Software
    • HEARING PROTECTION
      Noise Surveys from the Trenches
    View This Issue