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Regulating the unknown: Managing the occupational health risks of nanomedical technologies and nanopharmaceuticals in the research laboratory


2012 2012

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Novel technologies and their resultant products demand fresh ways of thinking about pre-market risk analysis and post-market surveillance. A regulatory framework that is responsive to emerging knowledge about the hazards of novel technologies offers repeatable and transparent processes and remains economically and socially feasible. Workers are an especially vulnerable population who are exposed to unknown hazards of novel technologies and serve often as unwitting sentinels of impending risks. This Grounded Theory-based case study identifies gaps in our current ability to regulate novel technologies so as to minimize occupational health risks and offers necessary modifications for an environment that is conducive to proper regulation. Nanopharmaceuticals and the nano-based technologies at their base are used by way of exemplar technologies that are currently taxing the ability of the regulatory system to provide adequate oversight. Ambiguities of definition, absence of a tracking system (of who is doing nanotechnology research), and the paucity of scientific evidence to support risk management efforts are among the findings of the study and need to be addressed as ameliorative steps toward an effective regulatory structure.

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Subject
Nanoscience;
Pharmacy sciences;
Public health;
Occupational health;
Pharmaceuticals;
Research centers;
Laboratories
Classification
0565: Nanoscience
0572: Pharmacy sciences
0573: Public health
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Applied sciences; Health risks; Laboratory safety; Nanopharmaceuticals; Occupational health; Operations research
Title
Regulating the unknown: Managing the occupational health risks of nanomedical technologies and nanopharmaceuticals in the research laboratory
Author
Ersin, Ozlem Hacer
Number of pages
142
Publication year
2012
Degree date
2012
School code
0130
Source
DAI-B 73/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781267214553
Advisor
Hadsall, Ronald S.; Schommer, Jon C.
Committee member
Allison, Kirk C.; Uden, Donald L.
University/institution
University of Minnesota
Department
Social and Administrative Pharmacy
University location
United States -- Minnesota
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3498507
ProQuest document ID
926830388
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/926830388
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