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Document ID (ISN)110189
CIS number 09-1093
ISSN - Serial title 1287-7778 - Prévention BTP
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Jolly H.
Title Nanomaterials: what health hazards?
Original title Nanomatériaux: quels risques sanitaires? [in French]
Bibliographic information Sep. 2009, No.121, p.40-42. Illus.
Abstract Nanotechnologies are already widely used in the construction industry and some enterprises have ambitious plans to develop nanoparticle-based paints and varnishes or to incorporate carbon nanotubes into concrete mixes. Given the uncertainties surrounding their toxicity, nanoparticles should be considered as potentially dangerous and the precautionary principle should apply. The working group of the French Agency for sanitary health of the work environment (Agence française de sécurité sanitaire de l'environnement et du travail - Afsset) has published "nanosafety" recommendations which emphasize substitution, followed by collective protection and finally personal protection.
Descriptors (primary) nanoparticles; toxic substances; new technologies; health hazards; construction industry
Descriptors (secondary) nanotechnology; inhalation; containment; personal protective equipment; hazard evaluation; substitution; ventilation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
New technologies
Browse category(ies) Nanotechnology and nanoparticles
Construction industry and civil engineering