The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is requesting information on the effectiveness of engineering and work practice control methods not currently included for the tasks and equipment listed on Table 1 of the Respirable Crystalline Silica standard for construction. The agency is also requesting information on tasks and equipment involving exposure to respirable crystalline silica that are not currently listed on Table 1, along with information on the effectiveness of engineering and work practice control methods in limiting worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica when performing those tasks. Finally, OSHA is requesting information and comment on whether there are additional circumstances where it would be appropriate to permit employers covered by the Respirable Crystalline Silica standards for general industry and maritime to comply with the silica standard for construction. This request for information requests comment and information, including exposure data, which could assist the agency in assessing whether revisions to the standards may be appropriate.
Science / E&E News – The EPA is dropping plans to issue a final version this year of its divisive plan to limit the agency’s use of scientific studies in crafting major new regulations, Administrator Andrew Wheeler indicated at a congressional hearing.
European Chemicals Agency – By 1 January 2020, companies must provide more information on nanomaterials on the EU market under the REACH Regulation.
Nanowerk News – A study found that the current EU regulatory framework for characterizing and identifying “next generation” nanomaterials is able to address the majority of them and that no significant changes will be needed in the near future.
IT Pro – Boris Johnson has invited leaders from across the world to attend a summit next year geared towards tackling some of the biggest ethical and regulatory questions in tech.
Forbes – RESET Bioscience is disrupting the way CBD is delivered to the body with rest Balance – a product developed using empirical investigations aimed at advancing how supplements are manufactured and delivered for optimal effect.
Environmental Protection Agency – EPA scientists, through an agreement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, are investigating whether increased use of 3D printers can lead to unintended adverse impacts to human health.
Nano and Other Emerging Chemical Technologies Blog – The European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) has created a Nanopinion section, where it invites views from different contributors on their work and priorities related to nanomaterials on the EU market.
ScienceAlert – Last week, a scientific paper by Google and affiliated researchers was uploaded on a NASA website. In the paper, the scientists claim that quantum processors have "reached the regime of quantum supremacy".
Science – NIH scientists have identified a key factor they hadn't previously considered: the topics that black scientists want to study.
NIH Director's Blog – Early efforts to deliver CRISPR-based therapies typically have involved packing the gene-editing tools into viral vectors. Now, NIH-supported researchers have developed an alternative CRISPR delivery system: nanocapsules.