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Nanomaterial Laboratory Safety, Boise State University

A nanomaterial, as defined by The ASTM Committee on Nanotechnology, is a particle withlengths in 2 or 3 dimensions between 1 to 100 nm that mayor may not have a size related intensive property. Nanomaterials are of increasing interest due to their unique properties compared to the same material on the micro and macroscopic scales and their potential associated applications based upon these properties.
 
The Boise State University Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) provides general guidance in regard to safely handling chemicals in a laboratory setting, but nanomaterials can come with unique and/or unknown risks and warrant being specifically addressed. Labs must adhere to the CHP and may need to implement additional controls for handling nanomaterials.