E-fact 74: Nanomaterials in maintenance work: occupational risks and prevention

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This factsheet provides a short introduction to nanomaterials and the risks they pose to workers’ safety and health. It explains how workers may encounter nanomaterials when undertaking maintenance work and it presents information on what should be done to prevent exposure.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Not sector specific
ZPRACOVATELSKÝ PRŮMYSL
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered: 
Manufacturing
Other
Hazard - physical state: 
Nanoparticles (airborne liquids/solids including smoke or mist)
Hazard - health effects: 
Allergens
Skin sensitisers
Asthmagens
Asphyxiants
Carcinogens
Irritants
Toxic substances
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Ingestion
Inhalation
Substance Description: 

silver nanoparticles, titanium dioxide particles, nano silica, Silica, Carbon nanotubes, Carbon black (Pigments), Carbides (e.g. WC, TiC, SiC), nitrides (e.g. TiN, CrN), metals (e.g. W, Ti) or ceramics (e.g. Al2O3, Cr2O3), Iron oxides, Zirconium dioxide, Copper oxides, Gold nanoparticles

CAS Number: 
13463-67-7
7631-86-9, 112926-00-8
308068-56-6
61512-59-2
75-20-7
1309-37-1, 7439-89-6
1314-23-4
7440-31-5
12070-08-5
409-21-2
90669-62-8
7440-32-6
EC number: 
236-675-5
231-545-4
608-533-6
612-159-9
200-848-3
215-168-2
215-227-2
231-141-8
12070-08-5
206-991-8
618-619-5
231-142-3
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
General information
Guidance
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
Occupational health physician
OSH consultant
Safety officers
Supervisor
Trainees
Trainers
Workers
Workers representatives

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