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Occupational risk management of engineered nanoparticles.

Authors
Schulte-P; Geraci-C; Zumwalde-R; Hoover-M; Kuempel-E
Source
J Occup Environ Hyg 2008 Apr; 5(4):239-249
NIOSHTIC No.
20033432
Abstract
The earliest and most extensive societal exposures to engineered nanoparticles are likely to occur in the workplace. Until toxicologic and health effects research moves forward to characterize more broadly the potential hazards of nanoparticles and to provide a scientific basis for appropriate control of nanomaterials in the workplace, current and future workers may be at risk from occupational exposures. This article reviews a conceptual framework for occupational risk management as applied to engineered nanomaterials and describes an associated approach for controlling exposures in the presence of uncertainty. The framework takes into account the potential routes of exposure and factors that may influence biological activity and potential toxicity of nanomaterials; incorporates primary approaches based on the traditional industrial hygiene hierarchy of controls involving elimination or substitution, engineering controls, administrative controls, and use of personal protective equipment; and includes valuable secondary approaches involving health surveillance and medical monitoring.
Keywords
Particle-aerodynamics; Particulate-dust; Particulates; Dust-analysis; Dust-control; Dust-exposure; Dust-inhalation; Dust-measurement; Dust-particles; Dust-sampling; Dusts; Safety-engineering; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Control-technology; Control-equipment; Controlled-environment; Nanotechnology
Contact
Paul Schulte, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS C-14, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1998
CODEN
JOEHA2
Publication Date
20080401
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
pas4@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1545-9624
NIOSH Division
EID
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
OH
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