Nanotechnology Work Health and Safety Measurement Reference Group
The Nanotechnology Work Health & Safety Measurement Reference Group works to promote the measurement of nanoparticles in the Australian workplace using validated, replicable techniques. The group will provide recommendations on the appropriate instrumentation and methodologies for measuring workplace emissions and exposures.
Work will primarily be focussed on developing emissions and exposure measurement capability for engineered nanomaterials, but it is expected that the procedures developed will be applicable to nanoparticles more generally e.g. in combustion products.
Role of the Nanotechnology Work Health & Safety Measurement Reference Group includes:
- Evaluate techniques and procedures for the measurement of engineered nanomaterials used in Australia
- Provide guidance to industry, researchers and relevant practitioners undertaking measurements of exposures to nanomaterials in the workplace on the measurement procedures and subsequent interpretation of results
- Promote the use of the best practice measurement techniques to industry, researchers and relevant practitioners
- Promote the effective sharing of information on nanotechnology work health and safety WHS measurement amongst industry, researchers and relevant practitioners
- Provide input to the OECD WPMN Program on Cooperation in Exposure Measurement and Exposure Mitigation and utilise program outcomes.
- Australia is leading an OECD WPMN project on Evaluate data and provide recommendations on measurement techniques and sampling protocols for determining concentrations of manufactured nanomaterials in air. This work is being led by Queensland University of Technology, Workplace Health & Safety Queensland and Safe Work Australia.
Membership of Measurement Reference Group
Members are nanoparticle measurement experts, occupational hygienists, nanotechnology work health & safety risk managers and regulators from:
- Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ, Chair)
- Safe Work Australia
- WorkCover NSW
- National Measurement Institute (NMI)
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
- NanoSafe Australia
- Queensland University of Technology
- University of Western Sydney
- Macquarie University
- University of Queensland
- Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH)
- Flinders University, and
- Safety Institute of Australia.
Membership of the Reference Group may be expanded during the project as necessary, with agreement of Members, to expedite work effectively.