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***The GoodNanoGuide (beta) is now open at http://www.goodnanoguide.org***

Formal launch at AIHce in Toronto

Fact Sheet  | Slideshow |  Track our progress | Nano needs a Wiki

last updated 05 June 2009


  • To develop and launch a protected Internet site on occupational practices for the safe handling of nanomaterials using a wiki-software platform
  • Create a process wherein multiple stakeholders within the international community contribute, share and discuss information related to occupational safety
  • Establish a modern, interactive forum that fills the need for up-to-date information and remains current as new practices develop

Statement of Objectives

The GoodNanoGuide is an Internet-based collaboration platform specially designed to enhance the ability of experts to exchange ideas on how best to handle nanomaterials in an occupational setting. It is meant to be a modern, interactive forum that fills the need for up-to-date information about current good practices for the handling of nanomaterials in an occupational setting, including the highlighting of new practices as they develop. That said, while the GoodNanoGuide respects the dialogue now being held worldwide regarding the effect nanotechnologies may have on human health, the environment, and society in general, the GoodNanoGuide is not meant to address or resolve such issues. Instead, it assumes that someone, somewhere in the world is likely to be working on nanomaterials as this debate continues, and thus endeavors to provide information to that person about current good practices to make sure appropriate safeguards are in place as that person works on nanomaterials in an occupational setting. Finally, the GoodNanoGuide is open for everyone to review. However, to ensure the dependability of the good practices reported, the GoodNanoGuide is a protected site in which contributions are limited to those individuals that have become GoodNanoGuide members.

Target Audiences

Occupational safety professionals within large and small companies, government regulators, labor, researchers (academic, governmental, industrial), non-governmental organizations.


A Planning and Implementation Team has been convened to develop the GoodNanoGuide prior to its public launch. The co-chairs of the Planning and Implementation Team are Bruce Stockmeier of Argonne National Lab (USA) and Michael Riediker of the Institute for Work and Health (Switzerland).  The effort is administered by ICON director Kristen Kulinowski and operations manager David Johnson and faciliated by Mr. Matthew Jaffe.

Project Roles and Responsibilities
  1. EHS Professionals
  1. Collaboratively develop good practices on the Wiki
  2. Update the active Good Practices site when appropriate
  3. Provide inputs on inaccuracies in Implementation Committee Edits
  1. Implementation Committee
  1. Edit the Good Practices document for consistency and accuracy
  2. Identify areas that need increased focus
  3. Manage reviews by stakeholder groups
  4. Ensure that Legal Statements and Reviews are adequate
  5. Integrate final inputs
  1. ICON Members
  1. Review Good Practices for accuracy
  2. Ensure Good Practices are internally consistent
  3. Highlight issues that need to be addressed


A robust, living resource available on the Internet for people seeking information about good practices for handling nanomaterials.

Proposed Timeline

Prototype site is scheduled to be launched publicly in spring 2009.

Progress Reports

May 2009

March 2009

  • Implementation Committee selected
  • New design theme chosen
  • Fact Sheet updated
  • Slideshow updated

February 2009

  • Information on GoodNanoGuide provided at Nanotech 2009 in Tokyo
  • Beta design in progress
  • Name changed to the GoodNanoGuide
  • Domain registered: GoodNanoGuide.org
  • Protocols now sought from community
  • Slideshow updated (see March 2009 for latest)

January 2009

  • Wiki design team hired (Citadel Rock Online Communities, Inc.)
  • Wiki design in progress using TikiWiki format
  • First Wiki walk-through held for potential contributors

November 2008

  • Trusted Facilitator concept endorsed
  • Seeking funding for web developer
  • Approval secured to hold training session at NanoImpactNet meeting
  • Slide show updated

October 2008

July 2008

  • Basic Use Protocol developed (draft) (comment on the draft protocol)
  • Survey of target end-users developed
  • Frequently Asked Questions list developed
  • Presentation on Wiki given at Argonne National Lab
  • Presentation on Wiki given at breakfast meeting of Nanotech BC during the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region's annual summit.
  • Details of Project Roles and Responsibilities developed 

Talks about the GoodNanoGuide

 Date  Venue
2009-06-03 FORMAL LAUNCH: American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo, Toronto, CANADA
2009-05-28 National Nanomanufacturing Summit, Boston, MA, USA
2009-05-04 NSTI Nanotech 2009, Houston, TX, USA
2009-04-27 Southwest Center for Occupational & Environmental Health Conference, Austin, TX, USA
2009-04-24 Innovation 09, Montréal, Québec, CANADA
2009-04-14 Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Annual EHS Directors' Conference, Janelia Farm, VA, USA
2009-03-26 NanoImpactNet, Lausanne, SWITZERLAND
2009-01-20 The 1st International Nanomaterials Ethics Workshop (INEW2009), Seoul, KOREA
2008-12-03 National Science Foundation NSE Grantees Meeting, Arlington, VA, USA
2008-07-23 NanoTech BC breakfast meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA
2008-07-08 Dept of Energy Safe Handling of Engineered Nanoscale Materials, Argonne, IL, USA



ICON wishes to gratefully acknowledge its sponsors for financial support of the good practices project and the following Canadian organizations for financial support of the site development: NanoTech BC, nanoAlberta, Industry Canada, Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) and Nano Quebec. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dr. Kristen Kulinowski (kk at rice dot edu).

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This work is supported in part by the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Initiative of the National Science Foundation
under NSF Award Number EEC-0118007.

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