Carbon nanotubes – Exposure, toxicology and protective measures in the work environment

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This report has been written on behalf of Arbetsmiljöverket by researchers working at Lund University in research collaborations between Metalund and Nano-Safety. This summary overview of current knowledge, is a compilation of literature in the field of carbon nanotubes, and deals with occupational exposure, toxicology and protective measures used in the work environment. Issues which in accordance with the assignment were to be investigated included - what the exposure situation was like during production, processing and handling of products containing carbon nanotubes. A compilation of advice and guidelines on safety and protection devices and personal protective equipment is also presented. The toxicological data available for carbon nanotubes has also been summarized. The purpose of the overview is to provide Arbetsmiljöverket with information and support for different types of measures. The overview may also provide support if special hygienic limit values within the area or other regulations are being considered. The report is based on original work and summary reviews identified in scientific databases based on systematic literature searches. For the section that deals with toxicology, a selection of relevant articles has been included. The remaining findings will be detailed in a document currently being presented to the Nordic Expert Group (NEG) for the production of criteria documents on chemical health risks.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Non spécifique à un secteur
The Swedish Work Environment Authority
Hazard - physical state: 
Nanoparticles (airborne liquids/solids including smoke or mist)
Substance Description: 

single-walled carbon nanotube - SWCNT

multi-walled carbon nanotube - MWCNT

CAS Number: 
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
Objectif des informations: 
Awareness raising
Target group: 
All (no specific target group)

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