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

Type of item
EU & international information
Country
EU
Year of publication
2013

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Description

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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Provider
Provider name (English)
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Provider name (Original)
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered
Cleaning or Disinfecting
Contact with Humans or Animals
Medical and Dental Services
Biological hazard
Not applicable
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

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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)