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PRESS RELEASE: Another Groundbreaking Nanotechnology Facilities Publication from the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology

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Nanotechnology Safety: Application of Prevention through Design Principles to Nanotechnology Facilities

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (August 1, 2016) – IEST, the leading technical association for professionals in the field of cleanrooms and nanotechnology facilities, announces the release of IEST-RP-NANO205.1: Nanotechnology Safety: Application of Prevention through Design Principles to Nanotechnology Facilities. This Recommended Practice (RP) provides facility design information intended to minimize risks for personnel associated with nanotechnology research and production. IEST-RP-NANO205 complements IEST-RP-NANO200: Planning of Nanoscale Science and Technologies Facilities: Guidelines for Design, Construction, and Start-up.

John Weaver, Chair of the IEST Working Group that developed IEST-RP-NANO205, and Strategic Facilities Officer at Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, comments, “This is the first document of its type. It combines the principles of Prevention through Design—a major strategic initiative of NIOSH [National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health]—with the fast-growing field of nanotechnology. The document lays out a blueprint for use in the design of intrinsically safe facilities as well as the safe operation of those facilities.”

Leading nanotechnology facility design expert and member of the working group, Ahmad Soueid of HDR Architecture, Inc., explains, “IEST-RP-NANO205 was compiled by a group of experts with years of hands-on experience in dealing with the safety aspects of operating nanotechnology facilities. While there are other resources available that deal with laboratory and cleanroom safety in general, this document adds another dimension with its specific focus on facilities that face the challenge of handling, production, growth, and development of nanomaterials.”

IEST-RP-NANO205 solves an unmet need for a single document that pulls together safe practices from a variety of fields and applies them to nanotechnology facilities – both for research and manufacturing. Weaver emphasizes the immense benefit for design professionals, “This document points the reader to relevant documents and information sources that currently exist. This prevents ‘reinvention of the wheel’ while providing unique guidance when necessary.”

Print and electronic versions of IEST-RP-NANO205.1: Nanotechnology Safety: Application of Prevention through Design Principles to Nanotechnology Facilities are available for purchase at www.iest.org in the bookstore, along with other facilities publications, including IEST’s essential document on planning nanoscale science and technologies facilities.

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