Growing Your 21st Century Advanced Manufacturing Business Responsibly

C. Geraci, L. Hodson, A. Eastlkae
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health,
United States

Keywords: advanced manufacturing, sustainability, healtha and safety


Advances in material science, created within the National Nanotechnology Initiative, are combining with the development of new manufacturing technologies, promoted by the Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (AMI), to give us a vision of the new materials, processes, and products that make up 21st Century Manufacturing. The creation of Advanced Materials that are more active, more efficient, and more versatile in their commercial applications has risen steadily. Remaining current on issues of safe and responsible development while moving forward with commercial applications is a challenge for business owners. The AMI states that a strategy founded in the principles of risk assessment and product life cycle analysis is critical to properly manage the introduction of new materials that may have unforeseen hazards. Equally important is the need for a risk-based approach to the development and deployment of new manufacturing technologies that might pose health or safety challenges. Many of the advanced manufacturing technologies, such as additive manufacturing, 3D printing, and synthetic biology will change the way manufacturing is done in the US. Using occupational safety and health as a foundation, businesses will be better prepared to meet the challenge of responsible and sustainable development in the face of rapid changes in processes, the continued introduction of new and more active materials, and the changing face of the workplace and the workforce. This presentation will describe how a proactive occupational health and safety program can serve as an interface between two key national initiatives and minimize risks while supporting accelerated commercialization.