A Changing Environment: Are Firms Shifting Attention to Regulation of Nanotechnology?

Geertsma, Jennifer Hill. (2009) A Changing Environment: Are Firms Shifting Attention to Regulation of Nanotechnology? In: IGERT Seminar Series, 2009 - 2010, University of Massachusetts Amherst. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Nanotechnology is a revolutionary new technology that is still in its early experimental stages of development. With little or no regulatory constraints, labeling requirements or scientific protocol, companies have inserted more than 800 products incorporating nanoscale materials onto the consumer market. At the same time, an increasing number of scientists are warning that not enough is known about the real hazards presented by these new materials including carbon nanotubes and nanoscale silver. As attention to environmental and occupational safety of nanomaterials builds, political, regulatory and public interest will begin to impact firms. Are firms aware of the emerging external environments around nanotech? Are they impacted by the political, regulatory, and social/cultural changes taking place? What drives firms to adopt safety practices for nanotechnology? In this presentation I will address these questions using survey data collected from 85 Massachusetts micro/nanotech firms.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
InterNano Taxonomy: Social and Economic Impacts > Policy and Regulation
Social and Economic Impacts > Social Perspectives
Collections: IGERT Seminar Series
Depositing User: Rebecca Reznik-Zellen
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2009 15:31
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2009 13:31
URI: http://eprints.internano.org/id/eprint/172

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