Nanotechnology Environmental Health and Safety, Second Edition focuses not only on the impact of nanotechnology and the discipline of nanotoxicity, but also explains each of these disciplines through in the context of management requirements and via risk scenarios — providing an overview of regulation, risk management, and exposure. Contributors thoroughly explain environmental health and safety (EHS) issues, financial implications, foreseeable risks (e.g., exposure, dose, hazards of nanomaterials), occupational hygiene, and consumer protection.

Key new chapters have been included covering eco-toxicity, nanomedicine, informatics, and future threats. New case studies have also been added, including a chapter on the impact of nanosilver on the environment, as well as an assessment of how well lessons have been learned from the past, such as in the case of asbestos. The book also makes a business case for the importance of proactive EHS management - essential reading for existing or prospective producers of nanoscale products.

Key Features

  • Practical guidance on risk management and mitigation across different legislative frameworks worldwide
  • Reviews toxicological studies and industrial initiatives, supported by numerous case studies
  • Includes extensive new material on the implications of nanotechnology for medicine, energy and food, as well as assessing future threats.


Researchers in academic and national laboratories, Regulators at the state and federal levels, Business professionals involved in development, manufacturing, and commercialization of emerging nanotechnologies, Risk managers and insurance professionals.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • List of Contributors
  • Section 1: Precaution
    • Chapter 1. Nanotechnology Environmental Health and Safety—What We’ve Learned and Where We’re (Potentially) Heading
      • References
    • Chapter 2. What Are the Warning Signs That We Should Be Looking For?
      • 2.1 Early warning signs
      • 2.2 Cautionary tales, but is anyone listening?
      • 2.3 Two steps forward and one step back? Or one step forward and two steps back?
      • 2.4 But have we done enough?
      • References
    • Chapter 3. Are We Willing to Heed the Lessons of the Past? Nanomaterials and Australia’s Asbestos Legacy
      • 3.1 Introduction
      • 3.2 Lessons of the past
      • 3.3 Big problems with small materials
      • 3.4 Controls and risk assessment
      • 3.5 What needs to be done?
      • 3.6 Answering the call for precaution?—SWA approach to ENMs post 2009
      • 3.7 Emerging from the shadow: 2009 SWA report
      • 3.8 A big shift: 2010–2012
      • 3.9 A move toward higher levels of control
      • 3.10 Conclusions
      • Acknowledgment
      • References
  • Section 2: Progress
    • Chapter 4. Characterization of Nanomaterials for NanoEHS Studies
      • 4.1 Introduction
      • 4.2 Morphology
      • 4.3 Chemical composition
      • 4.4 Standard reference materials and method standards
      • 4.5 Incidental nanoparticles and nanoparticle cycles under relevant conditions
      • 4.6 Advanced measurement techniques
      • 4.7 Routine analysis
      • 4.8 Reporting recommendations
      • 4.9 Conclusions
      • References
    • Chapter 5. Toxicological Issues to Consider When Evaluating the Safety of Consumer Products Containing Nanomaterials
      • 5.1 Introduction
      • 5.2 Types of consumer products that contain nanomaterials
      • 5.3 Life cycle exposure to nanomaterials in consum


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