Nonotechnology Environmental, Health, and Safety Issues

The environmental, health, and safety (EHS) of nanomaterials has been defined as “the collection of fields associated with the terms ‘environmental health, human health, animal health, and safety’ when used in the context of risk assessment and rish management” (NSET 2006, p. 2). In this chapter, the term “nano-EHS” is used for convenience to refer specifically to environmental, health, and safety research and related activities as they apply to nanoscale science, technology, and engineering. This chapter outlines the major advances in nano EHS over the last 10 years and the major challenges, developments, and acheivements that we can expect ov the next 10 years without providing comprehensive coverage or a review of all the important issues in this field.