The spectacular progress made by nanosciences and nanotechnologies elicits as much hope as fear. Consequently, a great number of research and training initiatives on the ethical, environmental, economic, legal and social issues regarding nanotechnology development (Ne3LS) are emerging worldwide.
In 2005, a Task Force is mandated by NanoQuébec’s University Liaison Council to conceive a Ne3LS research and training strategy for Québec.
Officially created in 2009, the Knowledge Network is based in Montreal at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center, is affiliated with the University of Montreal. http://www.ne3ls.ca/
In addition, the granting of training awards on Ne3LS, by Québec’s research funding organizations, allows the network to support and develop expertise in this field.
Health and safety
Regarding health and safety, NanoQuébec, in partnership with the IRSST has created important reports:
- Health Effects of Nanoparticles;
- Nanoparticles - Current Knowledge about Occupational Health and Safety Risks and Prevention Measures
- Best Practices Guide to Synthetic Nanoparticle Risk Management
- Development of a method for measuring nanoparticle penetration through glove materials under conditions simulating workplace use
- Caractérisation et contrôle de l’exposition professionnelle aux nanoparticules et particules ultrafines (Characterization and control of occupational exposure to nanoparticles and ultrafine particles)
- Development of a Procedure to Measure the Effectiveness of N95 Respirator Filters against Nanoparticles