As nanotechnology is an emerging field, the hazardous effects are not completely understood for many nanoparticles. Since these materials are relatively new, they are to be considered toxic and must be handled cautiously until adequate amount of data on the hazards of these nanomaterials has been collected for health and environment safety information.
All UBC employees working with and/or handling nanomaterials should follow these guidelines. It describes methods to safely handle, use, and store nanomaterials. Emergency procedures for dealing with accidental spills or nanoparticles exposure are also included. If you or your lab have not worked with this hazard before and you are considering a procedure that requires you to do so, we recommend contacting Health, Safety & Environment for risk assessment/guidance.
See the following link for Nanomaterials guidelines Handling Nanomaterials