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Best Practices, Guidelines and Standards

By csep - Posted on 12 April 2011

The NanoEthicsBank collects examples of best practices and guidelines that have been developed for the monitoring, testing and safe handling of engineered nanomaterials in the workplace, as well as standards being developed for the field of nanotechnology. Below is a series of links that will lead you to collections of the latest best practices and standards being developed, listed by organizational author.


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.

IEEE Nanotechnology Standards
The standards-setting working group of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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.

Nanotechnology Standards
Maintained by, this is a list of published standards and standards that are still under development from ASME, ANSI, ISO, IEEE, and NIST.

Best Practices and Guidelines

Department of Energy - Nanomaterials ES&H

This page includes links to all major guidelines that have been developed by the health and safety staff of the U.s. Department of Energy's five NanoScale Science Research Centers. Include information on handling unbound nanomaterials, controls for laboratory operations, transportation of nanomaterials, management of waste and spills, and an example industrial hygiene sampling protocol.

German Chemical Industry
From 2007 to 2009 the German Chemical Industry published a number of best practices for the monitoring of workplace exposure to nanomaterials, the passing of information along the supply chain via safety data sheets, the safe handling of nanomaterials, and how to dispose of nanomaterial wastes. This link points to a list of all English language publications from the German Chemical Industry.

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.

MERCER/ORC Worldwide Nanotechnology Consensus Workplace Safety Guidelines
Provides a table of best practices for handling nanotechnologies in the workplace.

NIOSH- Nanotechnology Guidance and Publications
Publications by the U.S. National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety that reviews what is known about nanoparticle toxicity, process emissions and exposure assessment, engineering controls and personal protective equipment, as well as publications about NIOSH's nanotechnology program.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development- Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials Publication Series
A series of publications from the OECD that provides up-to-date- information on activities at the OECD related to the development of guidelines on human health and environmental safety.

Safe Work Australia- Nanotechnology Publications
Links to major guidelines and research reports on workplace safety and engineered nanomaterials.