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The NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding Process for Chemical Risk Management
Occupational exposure banding, also known as hazard banding or health hazard banding, is a systematic process that uses qualitative and quantitative hazard information on selected health-effect endpoints to identify potential exposure ranges or categories. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) occupational exposure banding process seeks to create a consistent and documented process with a decision logic to characterize chemical hazards so that timely, well-informed risk management decisions can be made for chemical substances that lack OELs. Users can band a chemical...
Control banding tools for occupational exposure assessment of nanomaterials
Ready for use in a regulatory context? The development, production and application of engineered nanomaterials are becoming more and more widespread. Because researchers, developers and industrial workers are the first in line to be exposed to potentially hazardous nanomaterials, appropriate occupational exposure assessment is a key area of concern. Therefore, a number of Control Banding (CB)-based tools have been developed in order to assess and manage the potential risks associated with occupational exposure to nanomaterials.In this paper we provide a comparative analysis of different nanomaterial...
Banding the world together; the global growth of control banding and qualitative occupational risk management
Control Banding (CB) strategies to prevent work-related illness and injury for 2.5 billion workers without access to health and safety professionals has grown exponentially this last decade. CB originates from the pharmaceutical industry to control active pharmaceutical ingredients without a complete toxicological basis and therefore no occupational exposure limits. CB applications have broadened into chemicals in general - including new emerging risks like nanomaterials and recently into ergonomics and injury prevention. CB is an action-oriented qualitative risk assessment strategy offering solutions...
Risks and Control of Nanomaterials
Editorial / Trevor Ogden. In this issue we bring together 12 articles on nanomaterials and approaches to risk control. The issue originated with the conference held in April (2011) by the Institut National de Recherche et de Sécurité (INRS) in Nancy, France, on risks associated with nanoparticles and nanomaterials. Topics included measurement and control process design, occupational toxicology, protection, epidemiology, assessment and management of risk of nanoparticles. Source :
Control banding of chemicals exposure – Conference presentations now available - Europe
The EU-conference "Perspectives of Control Banding" took place in Dortmund on 21. / 22. June 2011 with more than 50 experts. Since December 2010 the extended provisions on safety data sheets (acc. to regulation no. 453/2010 from 20 may 2010) in the EU chemicals regulation REACH allows the use of control banding approaches to recommend risk management measures. This was the first European Workshop organised by the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) in Germany with support by the ITG following six international (ICBW) and regional control banding workshops in Asia...
Development of a Specific Control Banding Tool for Nanomaterials
The properties of manufactured nanomaterials (materials made of nanoparticles smaller than 100nm produced intentionally by humans) are paving the way for a wide variety of promising technological developments. However, due to the many uncertainties in the case of nanomaterials, ‘conventional' assessment of the associated hazards and exposure based on quantitative, measurable criteria is difficult. These uncertainties will only be removed as scientific understanding of the properties of nanomaterials advances. Control Banding is an instrument combining risk assessment and management which...
Qualitative Risk Characterization and Management of Occupational Hazards: Control Banding (CB)
The majority of chemical substances in commerce have no established occupational exposure limits (OELs). In the absence of established OELs, employers and workers often lack the necessary guidance on the extent to which occupational exposures should be controlled. A strategy to control occupational exposures that may have value when there are no relevant OELs is known as control banding (CB). CB is a qualitative strategy for assessing and managing hazards associated with chemical exposures in the workplace. The question about the utility of the CB strategy for workplaces in the United States has...

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