NanoSafe Australia

A group of Australian toxicologists, risk assessors and material scientists formed the NanoSafe Australia network to address the occupational and environmental health and safety of nanomaterials.

Mission

  • To support government, industry and non-government organisations (NGOs) in their efforts to understand the health and safety issues surrounding nanotechnology products and their manufacturing processes.
  • To provide quality data for the appropriate risk assessments of nanoparticles and nanomaterials.

Connections

We are a foundation member of the Asia Nano Safe research network established in January 2013 under the auspices of Asia Nano Forum and have the same founding co-ordinator, Associate Professor Paul Wright.

We are a group member of the Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN), (formerly the Australian Research Council Nanotechnology Network, ARCNN) directly providing OHS advice on issues relating to the safe handling of nanomaterials.

We provide nanosafety expertise to the Standards Australia Committee NT-001 "Nanotechnologies" (via Wright as ANN's representative), which participates in International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee "TC 229 Nanotechnologies".

Our members at CSIRO, National Measurement Institute (NMI) and RMIT/Monash are the main contributors to the Australian Consortium for the nanosafety testing programme of the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) – fulfilling Australia's commitment to be co-sponsors of the investigation of silver, zinc oxide and ceria OECD test nanomaterials (which include two nanomaterials provided by Australian companies). This activity was highlighted in the Australian Academy of Sciences (AAS) National Nanotechnology Strategy (decadal plan released in Dec. 2012) as a successful nation-wide collaboration between researchers, government and industry.

Contact

Associate Professor Paul Wright, NanoSafe Australia Coordinator