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GLRPPR Sector Resource: A Survey of Environmental, Health and Safety Risk Management Information Needs and Practices among Nanotechnology Firms in the Massachusetts Region

Title:
A Survey of Environmental, Health and Safety Risk Management Information Needs and Practices among Nanotechnology Firms in the Massachusetts Region

Abstract:
Massachusetts ranks as one of the top u.S. states for investment in nanotechnology research and commercialization. This survey of a sample of nanotechnology firms in Massachusetts and adjoining areas of New England was conducted to evaluate environmental, health and safety (EHS) risk management information needs and practices among these firms. The results of this survey are intended to provide a base for the development of government policies for nanotechnology EHS risk management and to inform the development of academic programs and workplace training to address EHS needs in nanotechnology industries. For this survey, EHS risk management was defined as a systematic approach to identifying and managing areas of employee occupational health, workplace safety and environmental impact beyond the firm. Overall, the findings indicate recognition of potential EHS risk from nanoscale particles and associated process hazards, especially in larger firms. However, the ability to manage the risk is limited by a lack of information on the health and environmental impacts of nanotechnology and on how to control them.

URL:
http://www.nanotechproject.org/process/files/5921/file.pdf

Source:
Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies

Resource Type:
Article/report

Date of Publication:
December 2007

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