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Thursday January 29 2009 - 2nd Annual Massachusetts Nanotechnology Workshop

Promoting the Safe Development of Nanotechnology in Massachusetts

DATE: January 29, 2009 - Thursday

TIME: 9AM to 12:30PM or 9AM to 4:30PM for measurement training session


Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
600 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02110

Hosted by the Massachusetts Interagency Nanotechnology Committee:

Department of Environmental Protection
Department of Public Health
Division of Occupational Safety
Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
Office of Business Development
Office of Technical Assistance and Technology
Toxics Use Reduction Institute


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9:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Presentations, break out sessions, and discussions

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Extended training in measurement techniques by NIOSH and UMass Lowell

Purpose: This workshop provides a forum for a continuing dialogue with stakeholders from industry, government, research, academia, and others on approaches to protecting workers, public health and the environment from exposure to engineered nanoparticles. The focus is on existing Best Practices and Good Current Practices, the opportunities they present to support safe nanotechnology in Massachusetts, and techniques to measure airborne nanoparticle releases in the workplace.

Hear morning and afternoon presentations from:

  • Dr. Charles Geraci, Coordinator, Nanotechnology Research Center and Chief, Document Development Branch, National Institute for Occupational Safety (NIOSH)
  • Dr. Michael Ellenbecker, Director, Toxics Use Reduction Institute. Center for High Rate Nanomanufacturing. University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Learn about:

  • Currently available best practices and good current practices for industry and laboratories
  • State of the art workplace monitoring techniques including demonstrations and hands-on training

Join in open discussions about:

  • Practices to protect workers and the environment
  • Gaps that need to be filled, in the context of life-cycle case studies
  • Feasible and effective protection strategies and how to incorporate them into practice
  • Next steps to support safe nanotechnology development in Massachusetts

Breakout sessions:

  • Four groups will identify the lifecycle of a specific nanotechnology/product, appropriate applications of best and good current practices, identify gaps and recommend new or revised practices. The following nanotechnologies/products will be discussed:
    • Paint with silver nanoparticles
    • Groundwater remediation with nanoparticles
    • Cosmetics/sunscreen
    • A research setting using nanoparticles


Registration Fee: $50.00

Registration information will be available on December 6, 2008 at http://mass.gov/dep/service/outreach/nano_workshop.htm.

6 TURP Credits can be earned.

Application has been made for A.B.I.H. CM points.


An agenda will be available in early December. Space will be limited so sign up early!

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