Radiation Safety Aspects of Nanotechnology: Update on Development of an NCRP Commentary

M.D. Hoover, D.S. Myers, L.J. Cash, R.A. Guilmette, W.G. Kreyling, G. Oberdoerster, R. Smith and B.B. Boecker
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, US

Keywords: knowledge management, radioactive nanomaterials

Summary:

The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) has established NCRP Scientific Committee 2-6 to develop a commentary on the current state of knowledge and guidance for radiation safety programs involved with nanotechnology. NCRP is a congressionally chartered not-for-profit service organization established in 1964 by U.S. Public Law 88-376 to serve in the Nation’s public interest for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating the latest scientific information about radiation protection and measurement. NCRP cooperates with national and international governmental and private organizations to facilitate the effective use of combined resources to further develop the basic concepts of radiation protection and measurement. Areas of interest for the commentary include programs where radiation or radioactivity are being used or are likely to be used to characterize or alter materials at the nanoscale, to radiolabel nanomaterials for tracking or evaluation of physicochemical and biological behavior, or to use nano-formulated materials in situations involving radiation or radioactivity. Focus is on operational information of practical value to management, radiation safety officers, operational health physicists, dosimetrists, workers, and regulators.