JRC experts provide an overview on how EU legislation addresses nanomaterials, and recapitulate issues relevant for the on-going discussion on transparency and requests for more information regarding the use of nanomaterials in consumer products
Lawmakers in the European Parliament's Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) have rejected on Wednesday (12 February) a proposed regulation which included a definition of "engineered nanomaterials" in food.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announces the availability of the following publication: ``Protecting the Nanotechnology Workforce: NIOSH Nanotechnology...
Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) published a voluntary guidance document on measuring airborne carbon nanotubes (CNT) in workplaces. The Technology Research Association for Single Wall CNTs (TASC), a consortium of nine companies and AIST, prepared the guidance, which is intended to provide a means of CNT safety management.
With the aim of safety management of CNTs, a major concern is a comparison with the OEL in most cases; therefore, quantification/comparison of OEL (by off-line accurate quantitative analysis) and daily monitoring (less accurate) can be considered important. An appropriate combination of an accurate detailed method and a simple real-time method is a reasonable way for continued management of CNT exposure.
Farmers have used silver nanoparticles as a pesticide because of their capability to suppress the growth of harmful organisms. However, a growing concern is that these particles could pose a potential health risk to humans and the environment.
Erik Janus's insight:
Beware the claim that farmers use silver NPs. They are not approved for such use in the US and the marketing folks at the university where this work was done should be clued in.
The EC has presented a Communication on an EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020. The framework ‘identifies key challenges and strategic objectives for health and safety at work, presents key actions and identifies instruments to address these’
The precautionary matrix for synthetic nanomaterials is geared toward industry and trade. It was first published in 2008. A precautionary matrix is a method for assessing the nano-specific health and environmental risks of nanoproducts.
Erik Janus's insight:
"Thus, potentially risky applications can be identified and precautionary measures initiated to protect people’s health and the environment. The matrix helps ensure safety in connection with the development of new products. It allows a preliminary risk assessment based on the current state of knowledge and indicates when further clarification is needed.
The precautionary matrix is upgraded in close cooperation with industry, science and trade as well as consumer and environmental organisations."
Here's the bullet: "The panel vacated the EPA’s decision insofar as it concluded that there was no risk concern requiring mitigation for short- and intermediate-term aggregate oral
and dermal exposure to textiles that are surface-coated with AGS-20." So, court disagrees that EPA followed its own rules in determining safety from short- and intermediate-term exposures. Time for some risk assessment hand-waving.
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