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EHS Research

By csep - Posted on 12 April 2011

The NanoEthicsBank collects summaries of current research in the areas of the potential health and environmental aspects of nanotechnology research and development. Below is a collection of databases of current EHS research and projects, as well as projects looking at assessing workplace exposure to engineered nanomaterials.

Databases of EHS Research

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. See also the nanoEHS Virtual Journal published by ICON.

NIOSH Nanoparticle Information Library
Developed by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, the Nanoparticle Information Library is a searchable database that includes information on nanomaterial composition, method of production, characterization, and their health and safety-associated properties.

SafeNano Database
The database of the United Kingdom's SafeNano website, this database allows you to search for reports, conference proceedings research papers, polices, standards and regulations relating to all aspects of nanotechnology health and safety.


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.

NANAEX Exposure Scenerios
The aim of the NANEX project is to develop a catalogue of generic and specific (occupational, consumer and environmental release) exposure scenarios for manufactured nanomaterials taking account of the entire lifecycle of these materials. NANEX will collect and review available exposure information, focussing on three nanomaterials: (1) high aspect ratio nanomaterials- HARNs) (e.g. carbon nanotubes); (2) mass-produced nanomaterials (e.g. ZnO, TiO2, carbon black); and (3) specialised nanomaterials that are currently only produced on a small scale (e.g. Ag).