It is difficult to comprehend the size of a nanometer. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. Nanomaterials are those which measure between one nanometer and 100 nanometers in size. A material this small is seemingly harmless. However, toxic exposure to certain industrial nanomaterials can seriously harm workers.
In an effort to encourage only safe exposure to industrial nanomaterials, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released new recommendations related to controlling hazardous exposure to industrial nanomaterials. The recommendations are available to the public on the NIOSH’s website and are entitled, “Current Strategies for Engineering Controls in Nanomaterial Production and Downstream Handling Processes.”