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Document ID (ISN)111771
CIS number 11-0408
ISBN(s) 978-2-7389-1766-9
Year 2009
Convention or series no. ED 6050
Author(s) Ricaud M., Witschger O.
Title Nanomaterials. Definitions, toxicological risk, characterisation of occupational exposure and prevention measures
Original title Les nanomatériaux. Définitions, risques toxicologiques, caractérisation de l'exposition professionnelle et mesures de prévention [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut national de recherche et de sécurité, 30 rue Olivier-Noyer, 75680 Paris Cedex 14, France, June 2009. 27p. Illus. 17 ref. Price: EUR 4.30. Downloadable version free of charge.
Internet access ED_6050/EN.pdf [in English]
ED_6050/FR.pdf [in French]
Abstract That workers are occupationally exposed to nanomaterials is already an established fact. Considering the many unknowns surrounding these new chemicals, their potential health effects and the problems faced in attempting to characterize exposures, quantitative risk assessments remain difficult to carry out in most occupational settings. In all work situations involving exposure to nanomaterials, the most appropriate course of action is therefore to apply caution and introduce specific policies aimed at avoiding risks. Although it is still too early to provide definitive answers, this guide brings together current knowledge concerning the characteristics and applications of these materials, their toxicology, the tools available for evaluating occupational exposure and finally the means of prevention.
Descriptors (primary) France; nanoparticles; limitation of exposure; safe working methods; health hazards; risk factors; nanotechnology
Descriptors (secondary) toxicology; exposure evaluation; public OSH institutions; new technologies
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
New technologies
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Nanotechnology and nanoparticles
Risk evaluation