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Document ID (ISN)109934
CIS number 09-874
ISSN - Serial title 0815-6409 - Journal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Harford A., Edwards J., Briestly B., Wright P.
Title Current OSH best practices for the Australian nanotechnology industry: A position paper by the NanoSafe Australia Network
Bibliographic information Aug. 2007, Vol.23, No.4, p.315-331. 51 ref.
Abstract Advancement of the nanotechnology industry in Australia has seen numerous researchers beginning to handle nanomaterials, as well as the establishment of industrial facilities that are producing nanomaterials for incorporation into consumer products. Traditionally, the risk assessment of chemicals relies heavily on their composition, whereas the key determinants in the adverse effects caused by nanomaterials are their physical parameters (particle size, surface area and surface chemistry). At the present time, workplace exposure standards are not available, and appropriate methods that accurately characterise exposure to nanomaterials have not been established. Exposure of workers should therefore be "as low as reasonably practicable" through risk management programs that broadly encompass all of the hierarchy of controls used for ultrafine particulates, namely appropriate engineering controls, administrative controls and personal protective equipment.
Descriptors (primary) Australia; nanotechnology; nanoparticles; toxicology; new technologies; hazard evaluation; health hazards; safe working methods; limitation of exposure
Descriptors (secondary) routes of entry; report; zinc oxide; particle surface area; titanium dioxide; exposure evaluation; role of government; research; particle size
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
New technologies
Browse category(ies) Nanotechnology and nanoparticles
Risk evaluation