New Documents on Nanotechnology, VOCs Available from AIHA Volunteer Groups

Posted March 29, 2017

Two new documents developed by AIHA volunteer groups were recently approved by the association’s Board of Directors.

A new white paper (PDF) sponsored by the AIHA Construction and Toxicology Committees and the Green Building Working Group examines the use of volatile organic compound (VOC) sampling for pre-occupancy assessment of new construction. The science-based review finds that VOC sampling is not an effective screening tool for materials emissions, is not predictive of occupant health effects, and does not evaluate overall indoor air quality (IAQ). The white paper cautions that proposed changes to new construction criteria that retain VOC sampling may still produce false positive and false negative conclusions. It suggests that green building rating systems consider IAQ assessment based on inspection and building performance, and also notes that VOC sampling can still be a useful tool in IAQ investigations.

New guidance sponsored by the AIHA Nanotechnology Working Group addresses stewardship considerations for nanomaterials and nanoproducts based on the evolving state of the science for human health hazard, exposure, and risk assessment. The guidance promotes a lifecycle approach and safer design principles for particles, production, and products; reviews the regulatory landscape; and provides practical suggestions to help determine presence of nanoscale ingredients in raw materials from suppliers. The new guidance also describes challenges to consistent and meaningful hazard communication and understanding of exposure potential. Literature references and links related to nanomaterial stewardship compiled by the authors are also included in the document. The guidance, “Nanomaterial Stewardship,” can be downloaded as a PDF from AIHA’s website.

A list of fact sheets, guidance documents, position statements, and white papers published by AIHA are available in the government affairs section of the website. Learn more about AIHA’s volunteer groups.