Authors: L. Golanski, F. Rouillon, A. Guiot, S. Bernard, F. Tardif
Affilation: CEA, France
Pages: 150 - 152
Keywords: nanoparticles, penetration, filtration, occupational health, filters, clothing, gloves
Analysts have estimated that the worldwide market for nanoparticles will be about 340 billion Euro in 2011 which would rank it alongside the automobile and microelectronic industries. However, potential impact of these new materials on human health was suggested by different studies since 1992 by Oberdörster’s team. Long before the final conclusions of toxicology research studies, it is today necessary to apply the principle of precaution by implementing among other, efficient personal protective equipments against engineered nanoparticles. In this study, conducted in the frame of the European Nanosafe2 project, different conventional individual protection devices well-qualified for micron particles (fibrous filters, cartridges for respirators, protective clothing and gloves) were tested with graphite nanoparticles ranging from 10 to 150 nm (electrical mobility diameter).