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Document ID (ISN)110836
CIS number 10-0375
ISSN - Serial title 0925-7535 - Safety Science
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Savolainen K., Pylkkänen L., Norppa H., Falck G., Lindberg H., Tuomi T., Vippola M., Alenius H., Hämeri K., Koivisto J., Brouwer D., Mark D., Bard D., Berges M., Jankowska E., Posniak M., Farmer P., Singh R., Krombach F., Bihari P., Kasper G., Seipenbusch M.
Title Nanotechnologies, engineered nanomaterials and occupational health and safety - A review
Bibliographic information Oct. 2010, Vol.48, No.8, p.957-963. Illus. 55 ref.
Abstract The significance of engineered nanomaterials (ENM) and nanotechnologies is growing rapidly. Nanotechnology applications may have a positive marked impact on many aspects of human every day life. Hundreds of consumer nano-based products are already on the market. However, very little is known of the risks of ENM to occupational safety and health, even though workers are likely to be at extra risk compared with other potentially exposed groups of people, because of the higher levels of exposure at workplaces than in other environments. However, knowledge of the exposure to, or effects of, ENM on human safety and health in occupational environments is limited and does not allow reliable assessment of risks of ENM on workers' health. This article discusses several issues related to ENM in the workplaces which require marked attention.
Descriptors (primary) nanoparticles; hazard evaluation; toxicity evaluation; risk factors; nanotechnology
Descriptors (secondary) inflammations; carcinogenic effects; genetic effects; health hazards
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) New technologies
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Risk evaluation
Nanotechnology and nanoparticles
Cancer and carcinogens
Genetic factors in reaction to exposures