Nanotechnology Consensus Workplace Safety Guidelines

This table offers a selection of peer-reviewed Health, Safety & Environment (HS&E) tools and reference materials that may be useful to practitioners involved in deployment of nanotechnology.

The nine columns represent nine broad areas applicable to HS&E. Within each area we have identified a number of specific materials (tools, useful references etc.) which are linked into the document. If you click on blue underlined text you will access a table. Column One contains a link to the reference material or tool. Column Two contains a peer review of the tool.

This table was set up by the ORC Task Force on Nanotechnology. The Task Force is comprised of both ORC member companies and non-members. We look on it as a “living document” which will be updated as new knowledge becomes available. We invite anyone with HS&E knowledge to share to forward it to ORC. We will process input through our peer review procedures then link it into the table.

Background Information - This document provides brief background information on what nanotechnology is, routes of exposure, risks that are specific to nano size, an overview of industrial applications and the importance of Product Stewardship.


Assessing Hazard Characteristics Assessing Worker Exposure Assessing Process Safety Considerations Assessing Environmental Emissions & Fate Performing HS&E Risk Assessment Implementing HS&E Risk Control Medical Monitoring

Communication & Training

Assessing Transportation Needs

Toxicity Tests


Qualitative Exposure Assessment Tools General C/node/305onsiderations Emission Measurement Instruments
- Air
- Water
- Solid
Risk Assessment Tools General Considerations for Engineering Controls General Intent Employee Communication Package Guidance on Writing MSDS
Approaches to Setting Exposure Limits Quantitative Exposure Assessment Instruments

Methods to Measure Process safety Parameters

Methods to Determine Environmental Fate
- Air
- Water
- Solid

Workplace Operational Guidelines

Examples of Medical Monitoring Guidelines

Employee training
- General
- Task Specific

Examples of MSDS




Flammability Potential Guidance on Formulating Sampling Plans  

  General Safe Practices



Guidance on Packaging & Labeling
Explosion Potential Examples of Sampling Plans      

Control of Environmental Emissions
- Air
- Water
- Solid

Impurities         PPE General Considerations      
Particle Size Distribution        

Specific Examples of PPE use



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