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Workshop report: strategies for setting occupational exposure limits for engineered nanomaterials.

Authors
Gordon-SC; Butala-JH; Carter-JM; Elder-A; Gordon-T; Gray-G; Sayre-PG; Schulte-PA; Tsai-CS; West-J
Source
Regul Toxicol Pharmacol 2014 Apr; 68(3):305-311
NIOSHTIC No.
20043737
Abstract
Occupational exposure limits (OELs) are important tools for managing worker exposures to chemicals; however, hazard data for many engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are insufficient for deriving OELs by traditional methods. Technical challenges and questions about how best to measure worker exposures to ENMs also pose barriers to implementing OELs. New varieties of ENMs are being developed and introduced into commerce at a rapid pace, further compounding the issue of OEL development for ENMs. A Workshop on Strategies for Setting Occupational Exposure Limits for Engineered Nanomaterials, held in September 2012, provided an opportunity for occupational health experts from various stakeholder groups to discuss possible alternative approaches for setting OELs for ENMs and issues related to their implementation. This report summarizes the workshop proceedings and findings, identifies areas for additional research, and suggests potential avenues for further progress on this important topic.
Keywords
Nanotechnology; Health-standards; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Exposure-limits; Permissible-concentration-limits; Permissible-limits; Analytical-processes; Biological-factors; Toxic-materials; Health-hazards; Health-protection; Occupational-exposure; Hazardous-materials; Author Keywords: Occupational exposure limit; Engineered nanomaterial; OEL; ENM; Workshop; Strategies; Alternatives
Contact
Steven C. Gordon, 3M Company, Toxicology Assessment and Compliance Assurance, 3M Center, Bldg. 220-6E-03, Saint Paul, MN 55144, USA
CODEN
RTOPDW
Publication Date
20140401
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
scgordon@mmm.com
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
M022014
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0273-2300
NIOSH Division
EID
Source Name
Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology : RTP
State
MN; PA; DC; NY; OH; IN
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