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Document ID (ISN)112157
CIS number 11-0836
ISSN - Serial title 1545-9624 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Schmid K., Danuser B., Riediker M.
Title Nanoparticle usage and protection measures in the manufacturing industry - A representative survey
Bibliographic information Apr. 2010, Vol.7, No.4, p.224-232. Illus. 18 ref.
Internet access Nanoparticle_usage.pdf [in English]
Abstract The objective of this study was to evaluate the current level of nanoparticle usage in Swiss industry as well as health, safety, and environmental measures, and the number of potentially exposed workers. A representative, stratified mail survey was conducted among 1626 clients of the Swiss National Accident Insurance Fund (SUVA), which insures 80,000 manufacturing firms, representing 84% of all Swiss manufacturing companies (response rate 58.3%). The extrapolation to all Swiss manufacturing companies shows that 1309 workers are potentially exposed to nanoparticles in 586 companies. This corresponds to 0.08% of workers and 0.6% of companies. The industrial chemistry sector showed the highest percentage of companies using nanoparticles (21.2%). Other important sectors also reported nanoparticles. Personal protection equipment was the predominant protection strategy. Only a few applied specific environmental protection measures.
Descriptors (primary) Switzerland; nanoparticles; exposure evaluation; manufacturing industries; nanotechnology
Descriptors (secondary) questionnaire survey; personal protective equipment; chemical industry
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
New technologies
Browse category(ies) Nanotechnology and nanoparticles