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Exposure registries: overview and utility for nanomaterial workers.

Authors
Schulte-PA; Mundt-DJ; Nasterlack-M; Mulloy-KB; Mundt-KA
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2011 Jun; 53(6S):S42-S47
NIOSHTIC No.
20038914
Abstract
Objective: This article provides the background for consideration of exposure registries to address potential disease risks in nanomaterial workers. Methods: The history of exposure registries is reviewed with a focus on their purpose and criteria for establishment. Results: A rationale is presented for developing registries of nanomaterial workers, and unresolved obstacles and challenges are identified. These include issues on inclusion criteria, funding, potential for legal risks, access to data, confidentiality of business information, privacy, and workers' expectations. Conclusion: If society is to gain the benefits from nanotechnology, it must take precautions and demonstrate care for those, such as workers, who may be most at risk of adverse effects. Establishing exposure registries is a part of such a precautionary and caring approach.
Keywords
Nanotechnology; Surveillance-programs; Employee-exposure; Epidemiology; Hazardous-materials; Worker-health; Health-hazards; Industrial-exposures; Environmental-exposure; Occupational-exposure; Exposure-assessment; Information-retrieval-systems; Information-processing; Information-systems; Data-processing; Demographic-characteristics; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Diseases
Contact
Paul A. Schulte, PhD, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS C-14, Cincinnati, OH 45226
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20110601
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
PSchulte@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISSN
1076-2752
NIOSH Division
EID
Priority Area
Manufacturing
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
OH; MA; CO
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