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Slideshow: NIOSH Gives Nanomaterials Handling Recommendations

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Ann R. Thryft
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Progress is still too slow
Ann R. Thryft   12/12/2013 12:10:04 PM
One of the things this report made evident is how far along we are *not* in understand the effects of nanomaterials on health and the environment ands how to protect both from them. This understanding came to me while reading the report: the guidelines, techniques and tools for hazard control from nanomaterials come from other industries and have been adapted (read "kluged" most of the time) for use with these materials. Yet they are vastly different from the dust and other small-particle materials those techniques and tools were designed for. That's not to knock the report and the fact that some control is much, much better than none.

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