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

Karim, Md. Ershadul; Munir, Abu Bakar; Reza, Ahmed Wasif; Muhammad-Sukki, Firdaus; Yasin, Siti Hajar Mohd; Abu-Bakar, Siti Hawa; Rahim, Ruzairi Abdul


Md. Ershadul Karim

Abu Bakar Munir

Ahmed Wasif Reza

Firdaus Muhammad-Sukki

Siti Hajar Mohd Yasin

Siti Hawa Abu-Bakar

Ruzairi Abdul Rahim


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.


KARIM, M.E., MUNIR, A.B., REZA, A.W., MUHAMMAD-SUKKI, F., YASIN, S.H.M., 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 and social change [online], 92, pages 168-181. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 9, 2014
Online Publication Date Aug 12, 2014
Publication Date Mar 31, 2015
Deposit Date Sep 19, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 19, 2016
Journal Technological forecasting and social change
Print ISSN 0040-1625
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 92
Pages 168-181
Keywords Nanotechnology; Occupational health and safety; Nanosafety; Risk assessment; Safe handling of nanoparticles; Nanotechnology in Asia
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