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Evaluation and control of occupational health risks from nanoparticles

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Rapid growth in the nanoparticle industry is anticipated in the Nordic countries owing to highly focused national research and investment initiatives. Knowledge on consequences for occupational exposures to engineered nanoparticles and appropriate technical control levels is still limited. This report explores existing knowledge on exposure risks and technical control approaches. The report concludes that data are too limited to allow general conclusions to be drawn regarding risks of exposure to engineered nanoparticles. Engineering techniques for controlling nanoparticle exposure can build on the current knowledge and approaches to control exposure to e.g. welding fume and carbon black. There is a need for improving the quality of information provided in Material Safety Data Sheets.

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Preface

Rapid growth in the nanoparticle industry is anticipated in the Nordic countries owing to highly focused national research and investment initiatives. This technological development should not compromise health and safety of workers and the general public, but national research initiatives are lagging behind. All Nordic countries have targeted research and development programs on nanoparticles, nanosurfaces and nanostructures in industry or at universities and other research laboratories. Only a minor part of this research addresses health risks.

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