E-Facts 72: Tools for the management of nanomaterials in the workplace and prevention measures

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2013

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After a short introduction to nanomaterials and the safety and health risks they present to workers, this e-fact describes and compares a number of tools that can be used by employers, together with workers, to manage these risks in the workplace, and details the prevention measures recommended.

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

Nanoparticles

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)
Purpose of the material: 
Guidance
Risk assessment
Target group: 
All (no specific target group)

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