OECD Publishes Project Report on Chemical Accidents Involving Nanomaterials

2022-07-11

This document presents the outcome from a project of the OECD Working Party on Chemical Accidents (WPCA) that aimed to investigate safety issues related to the prevention of, preparedness for, and response to accidents involving manufactured nanomaterials. Initiated during the 2009-2012 Programme of Work, the project was managed by a Steering Group comprised of Switzerland as the lead, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Business at OECD (BIAC). A first draft report entitled “Risk of Major Accidents involving Nanomaterials” prepared by Daniel Bonomi, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland, and supported by Steve Hankin, Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM), United Kingdom, was issued in 2014. However, because of the complexity of the issue and the range of comments received requiring further consideration, the publication had to be postponed. In 2020, the WPCA decided to revive the project and finalise the report with the purpose of changing the target audience from ‘chemical accident inspectors’ to ‘chemical safety policymakers’. The work plan included taking into account information published by the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) and cooperating with it during the revision process. A new Steering Group was established with participants from both Working Parties, from Costa Rica (Melissa Camacho Elizondo, Andrea Araya Sibaja), Germany (Arne Krietsch, Doris Völker) and Switzerland (Daniel Bonomi), with the support of Kyeong Wha Chung from the OECD Secretariat. This project was financially supported by the Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland.

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OECD, 11-07-22
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