NNI 2011 Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Research Strategy

Subject Area:
NNI Strategic Documents
EHS-related Documents
Author: NSET/NEHI
Publication Date: Oct. 20 2011

Description:

Nanotechnology safety benefits everyone, from lab researchers and factory workers to the consumers of products enabled by this emerging technology. Accordingly, the Federal Government has developed the 2011 NNI Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Research Strategy, a comprehensive approach to ensuring the safe, effective, and responsible development and use of nanotechnology.

The NNI 2011 EHS Research Strategy provides guidance to the Federal agencies that produce the scientific information for risk management, regulatory decision-making, product use, research planning, and public outreach. The core research areas providing this critical information are (1) Nanomaterial Measurement Infrastructure, (2) Human Exposure Assessment, (3) Human Health, (4) Environment,  (5) Risk Assessment and Risk Management Methods, and (6) Informatics and Modeling. Consideration of ethical, legal, and societal implications (ELSI) of nanotechnology were also woven into the strategy.

Click here to see the archived video of the webinar. (This webinar was held on October 20, 2011 to highlight the release of the NNI EHS Research Strategy. If you have not done so already, you will need to register to view the webinar. Otherwise just enter your email address to log in and click on the Flash Player link.)


Nanotechnology Fact

Depending on the shape, the application, or the components, nanomaterials may be called by a variety of different names, including nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanofilms, nanoshells, nanospheres, nanowires, nanoclays, nanoconcrete, nanopolymers, and much more. Other nanomaterials have distinct qualities that have led researchers to call them by other non-nano prefix names, such as quantum dots or graphene. Generally speaking, nanomaterials are objects with one or more dimension at the nanoscale. Efforts to standardize these words are currently underway, for example, by the International Organization for Standardization. For more information, visit the Standards page.

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