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Respiratory protection for workers handling engineered nanoparticles

By Dennis Viscusi and Ziqing Zhuang Ph.D.
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Each day millions of workers in the United States use National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) certified respirators to reduce exposure to harmful gases, vapors, and particulate hazards. NIOSH has certification, quality assurance, and auditing procedures in place (42 CFR Part 84) that assure purchasers and users that the products they are buying/using have been tested and manufactured to strict standards.


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Gloves may not protect against nanoparticles

New test method may be used on other protective clothing
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A newly developed testing method shows that nanoparticles may penetrate through some types of gloves under conditions simulating workplace use.


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NIOSH recommends new exposure levels for nanomaterials

Minimizing worker exposure is recommended
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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is recommending that occupational exposures to carbon nanotubes and nanofibers be controlled to reduce worker’s potential risk for certain work-related lung effects. NIOSH is the first federal agency to issue recommended exposure levels for this growing industry.


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OSHA issues fact sheet on “Working Safely with Nanomaterials”

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“Working Safely with Nanomaterials” is a new four-page PDF fact sheet published by OSHA. According to the fact sheet: “Workers who use nanotechnology in research or production processes may be exposed to nanomaterials through inhalation, skin contact, or ingestion.


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REACH: five years on, is it delivering?

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REACH, the European chemical regulation has been under implementation since June 2007. Five years later, the ETUI chemical hazards expert Tony Musu takes stock of this ambitious reform.


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European nano safety review slammed as inadequate

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A nanomaterial review meant to quell concerns raised by European legislators fails to propose a strategy for protecting nanotechnology workers, says the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).


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Nano-safety studies urged in China

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China should carry out more-extensive safety studies and improve regulatory oversight of synthetic nanomaterials, leading Chinese researchers said at the 6th International Conference on Nanotoxicology in Beijing this month.


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Advanced nanomaterials may present greater safety challenges

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While many people are still trying to wrap their heads around the idea of nanoparticles – subatomic particles that may behave differently than larger particles of the same composition – the field of nanotechnology has moved ahead to include advanced nanomaterials, which could expose the workers who handle them to serious health risks.


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Report warns of “serious gaps” in European nano hazard awareness

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A report from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) warns of a lack of awareness about occupational exposure to nanomaterials.


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NIOSH issues nanotechnology update

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Do nanomaterials pose health or safety risks to workers employed in their manufacture and industrial use? Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute of Occupational Health Research, recently issued an update on research intended to answer that question.


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