Current Research

Manufactured Nanomaterials in Construction: Evaluating Exposures, Controls and Worker Training

Gavin West

CPWR
gwest@cpwr.com

Bruce Lippy

CPWR
blippy@cpwr.com

Research Team

Sara Brooks, Leonard Burrelli, Michael Cooper, Daniel Dresser, William Kojola, William Perry, Keith Rickabaugh, Andreas Saldivar

Abstract:

In this project, CPWR researchers will identify new nano-enabled construction products and study exposures and controls to better understand risks to workers, as well as taking other steps such as implementing a new train-the-trainer program.

During the next five years, CPWR researchers will identify new nano-enabled construction products and study exposures and controls to better understand risks to workers. The research will include examining how exposures change when construction materials like cement are worn down over time. Planned collaboration with toxicologists at NIOSH will help determine how uncontrolled exposures in construction could relate to potential health effects. Finally, CPWR staff plan to develop and implement a new train-the-trainer program to increase knowledge in the trades of how nanomaterials are being used and to share the latest information on risks and safe work practices.