Introduction to the JOEM supplement nanomaterials and worker health: medical surveillance, exposure registries, and epidemiologic research.
Schulte-PA; Trout-DB; Hodson-LL
J Occup Environ Med 2011 Jun; 53(6S):S1-S2
This issue presents selected articles from the Nanomaterial Workers' Health Conference held in Keystone, Colorado, July 21 to 23, 2010. The conference addressed three critical and related topics: medical surveillance; formation of exposure registries; and the conduct of epidemiologic research. Each topic was introduced with a plenary session followed by group breakout sessions to obtain input from the approximately 120 attendees. This supplement issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine includes selected peer reviewed articles from the conference and summaries of the breakout sessions. The conference was initiated with a general session, and there are articles that provide an overview of the topics (Schulte and Trout) and describe lessons from air pollution particulate epidemiology (Peters et al) and the state-of-the-art of nanotoxicology (Castranova), both of which contributed to the initial concern about potential hazards of nanomaterials. The opening session also included an overview of medical surveillance in the context in which occupational physicians must regularly work and at a time when uncertainties about hazards and risks make decisions about medical surveillance of workers difficult (Nasterlack).
Nanotechnology; Medical-screening; Surveillance-programs; Information-retrieval-systems; Employee-exposure; Epidemiology; Air-contamination; Particulates; Indoor-air-pollution; Toxicology; Hazardous-materials; Worker-health; Health-hazards; Biological-effects; Biological-monitoring; Occupational-medicine; Physicians
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