Resources for Nanotechnology Laboratory Safety

Tools to facilitate an effective culture of safety in the research laboratory.

Links to resources[1]



Duke University


Journal of Physics: Conference Series


Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Northeastern University

  • Interim Best Practices for Working with Nanoparticles: Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing—2008 [Download]

Center For High Rate Nanomanufacturing

  • Best practices – Ellenbecker document—2008 [Download]


Purdue University


Stanford University


University of California San Diego


University of California-Berkeley


Rice University


University of Dayton


University of Iowa


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


University of Texas


Virginia Tech


U.S. Government

Department of Energy

  • Approach to Nanomaterial ES&H Revision 3a—May 2008 [Download]
  • Nanomaterial Safety Plan from SLAC, revised 2017 [Download]

Ames Laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education


National Institutes of Health

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

NIH Office of Research Services, Division of Occupational Health and Safety

  • Nanotechnology Safety and Health Program—2015 [Download]

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health


Occupational Safety and Health Administration


Regional, State, and Local

California Nanosafety Consortium of Higher Education

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries


  • Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance

OTA Technology Guidance Document: Nanotechnology – Considerations for Safe Development—2010 [Download]

  • Toxics user Reduction Institute

Best Practices for Working Safely with Nanoparticles in Laboratories—2007 Microsoft Powerpoint presentation [Download]


Organizations and Societies

American Chemical Society

Chemical & Engineering News

Committee on Chemical Safety

  • Employer’s Safety Awareness Expectations for New Hires—2014 [Download]

Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association


AIHA Nanotechnology Working Group

  • Personal Protective Equipment for Engineered Nanoparticles—2015 Fact Sheet [Download]


National Academies of Science

Committee on Establishing and Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Laboratory Research


Foreign Governments


NanoSafe Australian Network

Safe Work Australia


United Kingdom

UK NanoSafety Partnership Group (UKNSPG)

  • Working Safely with Nanomaterials in Research and Development—2012 Guidance Document [Download]

UK Health and Safety Executive

British Standards Institution



Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST)




Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin/BAuA)



International Collaborations


  • Nano to go!—WebPage with links to forms, reports, presentations, and field studies [Download]
  • Operatng Instruction (blank form)—2015 [Download]
  • Operating Instruction (example)—2015 [Download]
  • Sampling Protocol (blank form)—2015 [Download]
  • Dialogue guide: occupational safety and health aspects for handling nanomaterials (worksheet)—2015 [Download]
  • SOP for laboratory practice (example)—2015 [Download]



Home Page
Nanomaterial Occupational Risk Management Matrix
Protocols—Links to general and material specific protocols


Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

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[1] A number of organizations have produced resources that may be relevant to the nanotechnology laboratory safety community. Links to these external resources are provided for informational purposes only, and the NNCO does not make any representation as to the accuracy of information, endorse any views expressed, or endorse or approve any commercial products or private interests that may be advertised or available on these sites.