Current Research

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

Gavin West


Bruce Lippy


Research Team

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


CPWR researchers are identifying new nano-enabled construction products and study exposures and controls to better understand risks to workers. The research includes examining how exposures change when construction materials like cement are worn down over time. collaboration with toxicologists at NIOSH is helping determine how uncontrolled exposures in construction could relate to potential health effects. Finally, CPWR staff plan are implementing 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.