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SUNY Poly-NIOSH Research on Nanomaterials’ Safety Published in Industrial Health

SUNY Polytechnic Institute Research Associate and Assignee to the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) Nicole Neu-Baker, MPH, CPH recently published a field report in Industrial Health. This field report details health and safety evaluations conducted between 2011-2015 at 11 worksites that either produced engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) via a wet process or used ENMs in a wetted, suspended, or slurry form.

Results from these 11 worksite evaluations indicated that wet handling or processing of ENMs reduces potential worker exposure compared to dry handling or processing; however, exposures may still occur. NIOSH provided recommendations to each of the 11 participating companies to reduce potential exposures following the hierarchy of controls. The data and recommendations presented here are of particular relevance to the advanced electronics industry since ENMs in slurry are used in high volumes during semiconductor fabrication. This SUNY Poly-NIOSH co-authored publication builds on the close decade-long partnership between the two institutions that focuses on health and safety considerations for the emerging technologies workforce.

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