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Nanomaterials & Nanotechnologies
Emerging concerns on the safe use of nanomaterials, particularly the asbestos-like properties and pathologies of certain length carbon nanotubes (100nm or less) has prompted a focus on their safe use and management. Recent studies have demonstrated that exposure to some nanotubes may have the potential to cause cancer of the lung lining that may take 30 to 40 years to appear following exposure, an epidemiology very similar to asbestosis.
The potential engineering and scientific applications for nanotechnology, and the benefits that it may bring, require a considered and careful approach in its safe use. Such is the interest in this area that the British Standards Institution has produced two Published Documents, PD 6699-1:2007 Nanotechnologies • Part 1: Good practice guide for specifying manufactured materials; and PD 6699-2:2007 Nanotechnologies • Part 2: Guide to safe handling and disposal of manufactured materials. Part 2, in particular, gives much information on the hazards, risks, and control measures for handling nanomaterials. These Published Documents are intended as guidance and recommendations, and not as precise specifications or British or European Standards.
The Safety Office is compiling a register of users of nanomaterials in the university. Please contact Don Tallon for further details.
Some useful web links are given below.