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This page is a collection of seminal reports, online databases, and other projects dealing with the social implications of nanotechnology of specific interest to the industry sector. Please contact us with any suggestions of how we can make the industry portal to the NanoEthicsBank of more use to you or your organization.

EHS Databases & Reports
ICON EHS Database 
The ICON Environmental, Health and Safety database contains abstracts and citations of research papers related to the environmental, health and safety implications of Nanoscale materials. You can also use the Nano-EHS Database Analysis Tool to analyze research trends across time and by category and generate custom reports and graphs of data from the ICON database.

OECD Database
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has launched a global resource which collects information on international research projects that address environmental, human health and safety issues of manufactured nanomaterials. The database includes relevant information on projects that are planned, underway, and completed. The database is also connected with ICON’s EHS database and the Nanotechnology Library currently under development by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

"EMERGENANO: A Review of Completed and Near-Completed Environment, Health, & Safety Research on Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
This is the final report of the UK’s Department on Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) project that sought to carry out an evaluation of research work completed to date and to re-access future research objectives and priorities in nanomaterial health and safety.

Literature Review - Workplace Exposure to Nanoparticles
This report, published by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (OSHA) reviews the most recent publications on nanoparticles and focuses on the possible adverse effects of workplace exposure while also presenting the regulatory background and activities being taken to manage this emerging risk. Previous expert forecasts on potential emerging risks in the world of work identified nanoparticles and ultrafine particles as the strongest emerging risk. 

Minimum Information for Nanomaterial Characterization Initiative
This web site focuses on providing information about minimal characterization requirements for nanomaterial toxicity testing. It was launched after a series of workshops held between 2004 and 2008 to address this issue, and to solicit comment and support on the recommendations made by experts at an October 2008 workshop on the potential toxicity of nanomaterials The web site of the MINChar Initiative includes the recommendations from the workshop, and blog posts from Initiative members. The Community is inviting interested parties to join the discussion, and you can register through the web site.

United Kingdom Nanotechnology Health, Safety, and Environment Directory, 2009
The United Kingdom based Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network has published a directory listing institutes, government departments, networks, and commercial service providers who are recognized in some way as as contributing to the research and debate about the health, safety, and environmental concerns raised by nanotechnology development and use.

Best Practices, Standards and Guidelines

British Standards Institution- Nanotechnology
BSI has made a number of their nanotechnology standards and publications available off of their web site, including standards dealing with vocabulary, terminology and definitions. Web site includes links to recent presentations, newsletters, and BSI’s involvement in the ISO Nanotechnology Technical Committee.

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Working Group on Nanotechnologies
Home page of the ISO Technical Committee 229 on Nanotechnologies. Includes a list of published standards and countries and organizations participating in the working group.

NIOSH “Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology” 
Newly updated in March 2009, this document reviews what is currently known about nanoparticle toxicity and control, and the results of current research being done at the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The document includes an expanded section on risk management, with a detailed discussion of factors that may affect occupational exposure to engineered nanomaterials, and recommendations for controlling work-related exposures. It also includes a discussion of exposure assessment and characterization of engineered nanoparticles, as well as a summary table of instrument and measurement methods used in the evaluation of Nanomaterial exposures.

Best Practices Guide to Synthetic Nanoparticle Risk Management” 
The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail, a private institute in Canada, has developed a guide to deal with managing the risks associated with synthetic nanomaterials. It sets out a prevention strategy for workers who use, manufacture, or synthesize nanoparticles. The guide describes the current level of knowledge about the risks associated with nanomaterials in the workplace, and then suggests an approach for evaluating and controlling these risks, documents current practices at the international level, and specifies which factors should form part of an institutional program. Available in French and English.

This interactive wiki was created by the International Council on Nanotechnology at Rice University to become a central repository for good practices for the safe handling of nanomaterials in research facilities and the workplace. The repository is open to anyone who wishes to view the latest procedures in the handling, shipping, and disposing of manufactured nanomaterials, and experts can register to contribute to the site. The site is regularly checked by experts for the quality and accuracy of submitted information.

Guidance for the passing on of information along the supply chain in the handling of nanomaterials via safety data sheets.
This document, developed by the German Chemical Industry, gives some guidance on submitting information along the supply chain about the safe transportation, storage, use, processing and disposal of nanoscale products. (Available in German and English)

Nanotechnology Environmental, Health and Safety : a guide for small business
This report discusses the NanoSafe approach which was developed in collaboration with manufacturers, academics, and regulatory agencies such as the National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health. The NanoSafe Framework encourages proactive engagement on environmental safety issues in the nanotechnology workplace within five components: faculty management, product stewardship, workplace protection, environmental management, and emerging technologies and strategies. The report is intended to serve as an information resource for small businesses and laboratories that are interested in developing their own proactive approaches for managing nanotechnology EHS risks.

ORC Worldwide Nanotechnology Consensus Workplace Safety Guidelines 
This organization which seeks to promote environmental, health, and safety in the workplace has put together a table of best practices for handling nanotechnologies in the workplace.

Other Guidelines/Codes of Ethics

Responsible NanoCode In November 2006, the Royal Society, Insight Investment, and the Nanotechnology Industries Association came together to explore the societal and economic impact of the technical, social, and commercial uncertainties related to nanotechnology. After a series of workshops, the organizations agreed to facilitate the development of a voluntary code of conduct for businesses engaged in nanotechnology. The Code covers seven principles of good practice for nanotech companies, and includes a series of examples on how companies can fulfill each of these principles. 

" How to Reduce Your Firm’s Risk and Increase Revenues Related to Nanotechnology: A 8-Step Program for Small Firms." By Deanna Lekas.
This pamphlet lays out eight steps a firm can take to begin either thinking about or expanding its environmental, health, and safety practices associated with the production and use of nanomaterials. The report offers practical advice on to begin planning to reduce the potential risks some nanomaterials may pose to workers and consumers. Developed by the Project for Emerging Nanotechnologies of the Woodrow International Center for Scholars.

Government Regulation of Nanotechnology

Mapping Study on Regulation and Governance of Nanotechnologies
In January 2009, the FramingNano project, funded under the EU’s FP 7 science and technology program, published this report which summarizes how countries around the world are working to understand and regulate the health, safety, and environmental effects and ethical and societal effects of nanotechnology. The report includes a series of appendixes that give a detailed summary of research initiatives, legislation, national strategies, and guidance documents developed by European nations, as well as the U.S., China, Japan, and Australia.

EPA – Nanotechnology 
This page summarizes some of the recent research and news on the agency’s activities in the field of nanotechnology. The EPA has also published information on Nanotechnology Under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Food and Drug Administration- Nanotechnology 
This web page summarizes some of the FDA’s main activities in the field of nanotechnology, including the Nanotechnology Task Force report from July 2007. Recent news from all major U.S. government agencies can also be found in the Federal Register ( by doing a keyword search.

REACH and the Regulation of Nanotechnology by Bryan Ward and Sarah S. Harley.
This article published in the December 2009 SafeNano Newsletter, discusses how the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation relates to manufactured nanoscale materials, and includes a list of further resources. 

Risk Assessment Tools

This web-based tool, developed by the EU-funded Nanologue project, allows researchers and product developers to carry out a brief societal assessment of nanotechnological applications prior to market release. Based on extensive research and stakeholder consultation, the NanoMeter presents key findings of the Nanologue project along with a limited number of guiding questions that help to rapidly assess the potential societal benefits and impacts of nanotechnology-based applications at the research proposal and development phase.

Nano Risk Framework
Developed by the DuPont Corporation and the Environmental Defense Fund, this is a framework that assists companies and organizations to evaluate and address the potential environmental, health, and safety risks of nanoscale materials through its entire lifecycle. This framework also serves as a tool for documenting and communicating the steps taken by a user to address these risks, and the basis these specific steps were decided upon. The web site includes a number of case studies illustrating how this framework was used to evaluate nano-enabled products produced by DuPont. Available in English, French, Spanish and Mandarin.

Work Health Safety Assessment Took for Handling Engineered Nanomaterials
This risk assessment framework, developed by Safe Work Australia, consists of a questionnaire that businesses and organizations working with nanotechnology can use to gather data about the nanomaterials and processes being used in the organization to help identify health and safety issues that may exist.

Updated April 12, 2011