Too enthusiastic to care for safety: Present status and recent developments of nanosafety in ASEAN countries

Karim, M.E. and Munir, A. and Reza, A.W. and Muhammad-Sukki, F. and Yasin, S.H.M. and Abu-Bakar, S.H. and Rahim, R.A. (2015) Too enthusiastic to care for safety: Present status and recent developments of nanosafety in ASEAN countries. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 92. pp. 168-181. ISSN 0040-1625, DOI

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Nanotechnology has the prospect to vibrate the imagination of human being and has the ability to be used in almost every sector of human need. With its limitless potentials, there are many environmental, health and safety related concerns due to extremely ambivalent effects of nanoparticles. Studies revealed that nanoparticles can enter the human body through the lungs, intestinal tract, and skin. Therefore, the researchers and workers who handle nanoparticles and nanomaterials can theoretically and primarily be affected, whereas on the consumers this will have secondary effects. This paper aims at sharing and evaluating the investment scenario, present status and recent developments in nanotechnology, with specific focus on nanosafety issues in different research projects and national nanotechnology policies, strategies or roadmap in 6 ASEAN countries i.e. Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. In general, it can safely be inferred that like their western counterparts, though these ASEAN countries have realized the importance of investment and institutional set-ups, and already spent huge amount of money in nanotechnology, the concern for nano risk and safety is not still considered a serious issue for them. This paper provides a better understanding and highlights the importance of prioritizing nanosafety issue to the policymakers and the stakeholders of this region. (C) 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Funders: The authors would like to thank University of Malaya for funding this research under the Bright Spark program. The authors are also indebted to Professor Ilise L Feitshans JD and ScM, Visiting Scientist at Institute for Work and Health University of Lausa
Additional Information: Ce7sl Times Cited:0 Cited References Count:88
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nanotechnology, occupational health and safety, nanosafety, risk assessment, safe handling of nanoparticle, nanotechnology in asia, engineered nanomaterials, nanotechnology, nanoparticles, thailand, health, technology, governance, risks, china, mice,
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Mr Jenal S
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2015 03:16
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2019 09:11

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