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Southampton Safety Chemist elected chair of UK Nanosafety Group

Published: 17 October 2014
Dr David Kinnison

Dr David Kinnison will lead the UK Nanosafety Group (UKNSG) into 2015 during an exciting period for the Group. The UKNSG is currently reviewing its guidance on, working safely with nanomaterials in research and development, promoting safe working with nanomaterials, and improving risk identification and management in nanotechnology with academia and industry.

The UKNSG was formed in 2009 by a team of science safety advisers working in higher education research, alongside experts from the Health and Safety Executive, The Health and Safety Laboratory, and the Institute of Occupational Medicine. Dr Kinnison has been involved from the group’s inception and is an author on the guidance document, which is endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive.


UK Nanosafety Group (UKNSG)

He comments: “There are significant challenges ahead for the UKNSG, and it is important that researchers using nanomaterials are provided with up to date and practical guidance to enable them to conduct their research safely. The UKNSG will be reviewing the literature and best practice; it is hoped that our revised guidance will be launched in the latter part of 2015.”

Dr Kinnison joined the University in 1999, and is actively involved in promoting good safety practice in higher education chemical research in the UK. He founded the University Chemical Safety Forum (UCSF) and was its chair from 2006 to 2012. He has presented several seminars and papers on chemical safety and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s working party on its online laboratory health & safety manual.


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