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Workshop summary: epidemiologic design strategies for studies of nanomaterial workers.

Authors
Laney-AS; McCauley-LA; Schubauer-Berigan-MK
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2011 Jun; 53(6S):S87-S90
NIOSHTIC No.
20038929
Abstract
Objective: The potential health consequences of exposure to nanomaterials have yet to be elucidated though increasing evidence points to the potential for nanomaterials to cause adverse human health effects. This workshop addressed the feasibility of developing studies to measure health risks among nanomaterial workers. Methods: Breakout groups discussed different epidemiologic designs and methods to encourage companies to collect and retain exposure and health data. Results: Major challenges include defining and recruitment of appropriate study populations and obtaining adequate exposure data. Both prospective cohort studies and small cross-sectional panel studies utilizing biomarkers of exposure and effect offer approaches to study occupational groups. Conclusions: Potential exists to assemble cohorts to study the human health effects associated with nanomaterial exposure. Stakeholder partnerships are critical to the success of these studies and international partnerships hold great potential.
Keywords
Nanotechnology; Epidemiology; Hazardous-materials; Health-hazards; Biological-effects; Worker-health; Workplace-monitoring; Workplace-studies; Employee-exposure; Industrial-exposures; Biomarkers; Exposure-assessment; Occupations; Surveillance
Contact
Linda A. McCauley, RN, PhD, Emory University School of Nursing, 1520 Clifton Rd, Ste 402, Atlanta, GA 30322
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20110601
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
lmccaul@emory.edu
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISSN
1076-2752
NIOSH Division
DRDS; DSHEFS
Priority Area
Manufacturing
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
WA; GA; OH; CO
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