Nanotechnology and Exposure Science in the 21st Century – Quantifying Exposures to Nanomaterials from Consumer Products

T. Thomas
U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission,
United States

Keywords: nanoparticle, release, EHS, health, safety

Summary:

The successful commercialization of nanotechnology involves adequately addressing the potential environmental, health, and safety (EHS) implications of this rapidly growing and evolving technology. In the 2011 U.S. Government EHS Research Strategy, the federal agencies participating in the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), with significant input from the stakeholder community, identified key research areas and data gaps that must be addressed to understand and manage the potential implications of nanomaterials across the life-cycle. Exposure assessment was identified as one of the core research needs, and the data developed from exposure science studies are critical for informed risk analysis and risk management decisions. The federal agencies participating in the NNI, including the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), recognized the need for a workshop to facilitate interaction and dialog between researchers and stakeholders, and collaborated to provide planning and support for an exposure science workshop. The Quantifying Exposure to Engineered Nanomaterials from Manufactured Products – Addressing Environmental, Health, and Safety Implications” or QEEN, was a two-day workshop that brought together a wide range of stakeholders including manufacturers, regulators, academic researchers, non-governmental organizations, and graduate students to share information on the “state of the science” for exposure science research across the life-cycle. This presentation will outline key issues addressed in the QEEN workshop and highlight some of the exposure studies conducted by the CPSC and other agencies on the release of nanomaterials from manufactured products.