Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems for the Safe Commercialization of Nano-enabled Products

D. Heidel, A. Segrave, J. Baker
Bureau Veritas North America, US

Keywords: health, safety, management systems, engineered nanoparticles, exposure, laboratory methods, hazard assessment, supply chain

Summary:

The value of an occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS) approach for the safe synthesis of engineered nanoparticles and safe commercialization of nano-enabled products will be presented. An OHSMS framework integrates continual H&S improvement goals into an organization’s management system. Applying this approach to organizations handling engineered nanomaterials assures that worker health and safety is considered at each step in the supply chain and supports the ongoing re-assessment that is required as new information is developed about the hazards of nanomaterials and new applications for this technology are commercialized, resulting in sustainable health and safety performance. This presentation will provide an overview of the essential management system steps, including hazard identification and assessment, worker exposure assessment, laboratory analysis, interpretation of exposure monitoring results, and exposure control for each step in the supply chain. Recent successes in laboratory methods development and sample analysis will be featured.