Rapid adoption of emerging technologies in the workplace can present novel exposure scenarios and unintended health risks among workers.
Equipping a health and safety workforce to assess and control unanticipated exposures to both familiar and novel contaminants associated with emerging technologies in the context of limited data will help prevent occupational disease and loss of life.

The Interdisciplinary Training, Education and Research Activities for Assessing and Controlling Contaminants from Emerging Technologies (InTERACCT) Program will help build an occupational health and safety workforce capable of anticipating and preventing hazards from emerging technologies. Cross-cutting skills will be developed through three core courses: chemical hazard recognition, exposure assessment and cumulative risk assessment.

These skills will be applied to three emerging technologies: nanotechnology (NT), additive manufacturing (AM), and novel drug delivery (NDD). The cross-cutting skills developed among participants in InTERACCT will empower them to respond appropriately to the unique characteristics of emerging technologies, and to innovations in health and safety.


  • Aim 1: Develop three core courses that build cross-cutting skills in the areas of chemical hazard recognition, exposure assessment and risk assessment.
  • Aim 2: Provide research experiences for graduate students to apply recognition and risk assessment skills to emerging technologies within NT, AM and NDD.
  • Aim 3: Integrate new course content into ongoing academic curricula and continuing education professional development courses.

Funding for InTERACCT provided by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health, award number R25ES033035.