NSTI Nanotech 2009

The Quebec Approach to Safe Work with Nanoparticles in Occupational Settings

C. Ostiguy, B. Roberge, L. Menard, C-A. Endo
IRSST, CA

Keywords: Nanomaterials, EHS

Abstract:

The majority of industrialized countries are implementing strategies supporting the development of nanotechnologies resulting in products with original properties and applications in many fields that will have a major impact on quality of life and the environment. Hundreds of “nano” products are already commercially available. The expected global economic impacts will exceed $1000 billion annually in less than five years. Numerous studies have revealed that nanoparticles (NP) represent different occupational health and safety (OHS) risks unique to them and that often differ from the risks related to the same chemical substances with larger dimensions. From the observation that much uncertainty persists about OHS risks, the objective of the study was to produce a good practices guide allowing safe work with nanoparticles, in research as well as in industrial production.
 
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