E-fact 73: Nanomaterials in the healthcare sector: occupational risks and prevention

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This factsheet outlines how healthcare workers may come across manufactured nanomaterials when undertaking everyday activities in their workplaces. It provides information on the specific occupational risks involved and what should be done to prevent exposure.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Vědecký výzkum a vývoj
Úklidové činnosti
ZDRAVOTNÍ A SOCIÁLNÍ PÉČE
Ambulantní a zubní zdravotní péče
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered: 
Cleaning or Disinfecting
Contact with Humans or Animals
Handling Chemicals
Medical and Dental Services
Spill or Confined Space Accident
Hazard - physical state: 
Nanoparticles (airborne liquids/solids including smoke or mist)
Hazard - health effects: 
Carcinogens
Mutagens
Irritants
Toxic substances
Fire and explosion
Not known
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Ingestion
Inhalation
Sharps and cuts
Substance Description: 

Nanomaterials used in health care;

Diiron trioxide, Gold, Silver, Titanium dioxide

CAS Number: 
1309-37-1
7440-57-5
7440-22-4
13463-67-7
EC number: 
231-165-9
231-131-3
215-168-2
236-675-5 T
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 1. Substitution
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Level 2. Reducing / minimising the risk by organisational measures, e.g. reducing the number of workers exposed
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Training / guidance
Hygiene measures
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
Guidance
Target group: 
All (no specific target group)

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