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ASTM E2996-20

Standard Guide for Workforce Education in Nanotechnology Health and Safety

Standard Guide for Workforce Education in Nanotechnology Health and Safety E2996-20 ASTM|E2996-20|en-US Standard Guide for Workforce Education in Nanotechnology Health and Safety Standard new BOS Vol. 14.02 Committee E56
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Significance and Use

5.1 This guide is to provide, at the undergraduate college level, a basic educational structure in the health and safety aspects of nanotechnology to organizations developing or carrying out education programs for the nanotechnology workforce. This guide helps to describe the minimum knowledge base for anyone involved in nanomanufacturing or nanomaterials research.

5.2 The basic education should prepare an individual for varied roles in the nanotechnology workplace. The material in this guide may require a post-secondary two-year science or technology background to be understood sufficiently. Depth on the topics should be sufficient to transfer between various applications of nanotechnology such as nanomaterial fabrication, nanomaterial characterization, nanolithography, and patterning.

5.3 Nanoscale materials might present unique health and environmental hazards due to their unique properties. The hazards, if any, presented by nanomaterials can be very different from those presented by bulk/macroscopic materials.

5.4 Because nanotechnology is a rapidly developing field, the individual educated in nanotechnology needs to be cognizant of changing and evolving safety procedures and practices. Individuals should be aware of how to keep current on the technology, and have a base education that enables synthesis of emerging safety procedures and practices.

5.5 Workers may transition in their roles in the workplace. Participants in such education will have a broad understanding of the health and safety aspects associated with working in a manufacturing or research setting, thus increasing their marketability for jobs within as well as beyond the nanotechnology field.

5.6 This guide is intended to be one in a series of standards developed for workforce education in various aspects of nanotechnology. It will assist in providing an organization a basic structure for developing a program applicable to many areas in nanotechnology, thus providing dynamic and evolving workforce education.


1.1 This guide provides a framework for basic workforce education in health and safety topics related to nanotechnology, to be taught at an undergraduate college level. This education should be broad to prepare an individual to work safely within one of the many areas in nanotechnology research, development, or manufacturing.

1.2 This guide may be used to develop or evaluate an education program for health and safety issues in the nanotechnology field. This guide provides listings of key topics that should be covered in a nanotechnology education program on this subject, but it does not provide specific course material to be used in such a program. This approach is taken in order to allow workforce education entities to ensure their programs cover the required material while also enabling these institutions to tailor their programs to meet the needs of their local employers.

1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

1.4 The immediate and long term hazards, if any, of many nanomaterials are unknown. This guide does not address concerns with consumer usage and eventual disposal of products that contain nanomaterials.

1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the techniques, materials, and concepts associated with health and safety topics related to nanotechnology. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to utilize other knowledge and skill objectives as applicable to local conditions or required by local regulations.

1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.7 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 14.02
Developed by Subcommittee: E56.07
Pages: 4
DOI: 10.1520/E2996-20
ICS Code: 03.180; 07.120