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J Occup Environ Med. 2011 Jun;53(6 Suppl):S28-31. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31821ad5f1.

A small business approach to nanomaterial environment, health, and safety.

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  • 1Luna Innovations Incorporated, Blacksburg, VA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Integral to the commercialization process for nanotechnology enabled products is the methodology for protecting workers potentially exposed to nanomaterials during product development. Occupational health surveillance is a key aspect of protecting employees and involves both hazard identification and surveillance of known medical data. However, when the health effects and exposure pathways of both new and existing "nano-scale" chemical substances are not yet well understood, conservative hazard controls and baseline data collection can facilitate both immediate and long-term worker protection.

METHODS:

Luna Innovations uses a conservative approach based on risk assessment and the OSHA General Duty Clause.

RESULTS:

To date, Luna's approach has been effective for our business model.

CONCLUSIONS:

Understanding and managing potential hazards to our nanotechnology workers is key to the success and acceptance of nanotechnology enabled products.

PMID:
21654412
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e31821ad5f1
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