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November 13, 2013

NIOSH Issues New Recommendations for Nanomaterials

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has issued new recommendations for controlling worker exposures to engineered nanomaterials during manufacture and industrial use. The new recommendations give guidance that employers and workers can apply now, while research continues for better understanding of nanomaterial characteristics.

The document includes details for reactor operations and cleanout processes, small-scale weighing and handling of nanopowders, intermediate and finishing processes and maintenance tasks. It also includes recommendations for evaluating the performance of control technologies.

The new publication, "Current Strategies for Engineering Controls in Nanomaterial Production and Downstream Handling Processes," is available at the NIOSH website: www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2014-102/.

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