Monday, October 12, 2015

New Nanotechnology Resource Available
Nanotechnology is transforming the construction industry. Nano materials are incredibly small, between 1 to 100 nanometers, about a million times smaller than the length of an ant – at that size, they are able to take on new properties.

Adding nanomaterials or making changes at this tiny size can transform familiar construction materials into concrete that conducts electricity, glass that cleans itself and coatings that cut smog. Only now people are starting to understand the possible hazards for workers who handle these materials. 

As a result, CPWR has created the eLCOSH NANO website. Affiliated with the popular electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health (eLCOSH), users can learn more about nanomaterials used in their trade and access additional information, including training and guidance documents. 

CPWR is pursuing additional research on nanomaterial exposure risks in the construction industry. In the meantime, it has created a pocket-sized Hazard Alert brochure that presents the best known information on the hazard and how to reduce potential risks.