John, I don't know if you're interested in the regulatory aspects of this issue, but if you are, a number of us who are industrial hygienists and other safety professionals working for labor unions have been trying to get EPA to recognize the IH hierarchy of controls in its TSCA-mandated rules and orders for nanomaterials. Or at least we were in the last Administration. At that point OSHA-head David Michaels was an important part of the effort. We had limited success with carbon nanotubes, but it was mostly an uphill battle. EPA's initial response was always "just put all the workers in respirators and it'll all be fine." Others worked on this more than I, but we'd all be willing to talk about it, as would, I'm sure, Dr. Michaels. You probably know this, but NIOSH has also done important work on nano. We also have begun to look at synbio, in the context of pharmaceutical manufacturing, since we represent a lot of workers in that industry. But it's pretty rudimentary so far.
Michael J. Wright
Director of Health, Safety and Environment
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From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU]
On Behalf Of John Sadowski
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 6:54 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Industrial hygiene research
I'm working on a National Science Foundation grant to talk to people who deal with nanomaterials or bioaerosols in an industrial hygiene setting. I'm wondering if any of you have time to join us for an interview.
To give you some context, we seek to better understand the day-to-day work of industrial hygienists. The kinds of questions we cover include how you collect samples, the tools you use, when you send samples to a lab, and what influences your decisions to use specific tools or protocols. We're especially interested in advanced topics such as remote detection and analyzing nanomaterials and bioaerosols.
The goal of this effort is to identify opportunities to deliver better solutions for environmental analysis. I'm a Caltech- and Harvard-trained chemist specializing in nanotechnology. My partners in this include Michael Haggerty, an entrepreneur with 13 years of experience running a digital strategy consulting firm, and Randy Graves, a 30-year NASA engineer who has done some pretty amazing work.
Please email me back if it's possible to speak sometime over the next few weeks. We're looking to cast a wide net, so if you can think of anyone else who might be interested in joining us for a talk, we'd appreciate any introductions you're willing to make.
John P. Sadowski, Ph.D.
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