Health and safety guidance issued for nanomaterials
Posted by Jason Nicholls
Health and safety guidance for the use of nanomaterials has been issued by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
These offer potentially massive advantages to society, industry, the environment and health, but the hazards of using them are often not publicised enough.
MTB Europe reports that the guide has been developed by UK NanoSafety Partnership Group, with finances provided by IOSH and the Universities Safety and Health Association.
Jane White, research and information services manager at IOSH, said: "Nanotechnology remains a relatively new field, and as with all new technologies and techniques, novel and unique risks may arise as different applications are developed."
Ms White went on to say that the guidance offers a foundation for occupational health and safety in the industry, delivering essential advice to specialists.
IOSH's guidance comes after it published an online guide that aims to help managers increase their awareness of diseases in work environments.
The organisation has released a health toolkit, providing tips on rehabilitating and accommodating those in work, as well as information on the symptoms of a heart attack.
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