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Nanomaterials and worker health: medical surveillance, exposure registries, and epidemiologic research.
J Occup Environ Med 2011 Jun; 53(6S):S3-S7
Objective: This article provides an overview of the issues that arise with medical surveillance, exposure registration, and epidemiologic research involving nanomaterial workers. Methods: An occupational health perspective is applied to detecting risks in nanomaterial workers individually and as a group. Results: General principles for medical surveillance, exposure registration, and epidemiologic research are identified. A model Nanomaterial Worker Health Study is for consideration. Conclusions: The Nanomaterial Worker Health Study can be developed as a tangible action in assuring the public that steps are being taken to learn of any adverse effects from exposure to nanomaterials.
Nanotechnology; Medical-screening; Surveillance-programs; Information-retrieval-systems; Employee-exposure; Epidemiology; Hazardous-materials; Worker-health; Health-hazards; Biological-effects; Biological-monitoring; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Exposure-assessment; Workplace-studies
Paul Schulte, PhD, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS C-14, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine