The FoE Nano Campaign have found an unusual ally in union leader Paul Howes who has likened nanotechnology to asbestos and called for more research to ease fears that the growing use of nanoparticles could endanger manufacturing workers.

”I don’t want to make the mistake that my predecessors made by not worrying about asbestos,” said the Australian Workers Union secretary in a recent interview with the Sydney Morning Herald.

Mr Howes said he was worried that nanotechnology could be used to carry carcinogenic particles and he believed it needed more regulation and research.