Requirement to Review Safety Information Prior to Use of Engineered Nanomaterial at NC State
Engineered nanomaterials present new challenges to understanding, predicting, and managing potential health risks. Because of their small size and large surface area, engineered nanoparticles may have chemical, physical, and biological properties distinctly different from and greater than fine particles of similar chemical composition. Such properties may include a high rate of pulmonary deposition, the ability to travel from the lung to systemic sites, the ability to penetrate dermal barriers, and a high inflammatory potency per mass. Furthermore, the nanoparticulate forms of some materials show unusually high reactivity, especially for fire, explosion, and in catalytic reactions.
There are still many knowledge gaps to be filled before we fully understand how to work safely with these materials. Until these and other research questions are answered, it is prudent to proceed with caution when working with engineered nanomaterials and to use best available control methods.
NC State has developed a 30-45 minute module to assist researchers with the safe handling of engineered nanomaterial. Before using nanomaterial, researchers are required to review the six-step Safety Orientation Checklist on the Environmental Health & Safety web site.
When used with additional links and references provided on the web site, this module should provide employees and students with an adequate “hazard communication” basis for use of engineered nonmaterial at NC State.
Upon reviewing this module, users will be able to:
- Understand NC State requirements for safe handling and use of engineered nanomaterial
- Learn their roles and responsibilities in applying and transferring nanomaterial
- Access other available resources for nanotechnology safety information
Reviewing the Safety Orientation Checklist would take you about 30-45 minutes. Please make sure that all employees using engineered nanomaterial review this document prior to utilizing the material.
If you have any questions, contact Ken Kretchman at NC State Environmental Health & Safety.