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De la production au traitement des déchets de nanomatériaux manufacturés
Les nanodéchets peuvent présenter un risque potentiel pour les salariés qui les produisent, mais également pour les travailleurs amenés à les collecter, à les entreposer, à les transporter et à les traiter, que ce soit dans les usines d'incinération, les installations d'enfouissement ou les entreprises de recyclage. Ce guide est destiné à apporter des éléments d'aide au repérage des risques et au choix des mesures de prévention adaptées à l'ensemble des salariés...
NIOSH Releases New Nanotechnology Workplace Design Recommendations
Realizing the promise of any scientific advancement requires understanding of its potential human health effects, and its safe and responsible development, even at the level of engineered nanomaterials, which can be nearly atomic-sized. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) launched four new products this week intended to provide options to companies for controlling possible exposure of their workers to nanomaterials on the job. Engineered nanomaterials are intentionally produced to have at least one primary dimension less than 100 nanometers (nm). These very small particles...
Protecting Workers during the Handling of Nanomaterials
Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are materials that are intentionally produced to have at least one primary dimension less than 100 nanometers (nm). These materials have new or unique properties different from those of larger forms of the same material, making them desirable for specific product applications. The health effects associated with nanomaterials are not yet clearly understood, so it is important for producers and users of ENMs to reduce employee exposure and manage risks appropriately. In 2013, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a compendium of...
WHO Guidelines to Protect Workers from Nanomaterials
The term nanomaterials refers to materials that have at least one dimension (height, width or length) that is smaller than 100 nanometres (10−7 metre), which is about the size of a virus particle. This particular size dimension represents a major characteristic of manufactured nanomaterials (MNMs). The unique properties of MNMs may result in highly desirable behaviour leading to such varying applications as better paints, better drugs and faster electronics. However, for the same reason, MNMs may also present health hazards that differ from those of the substance in bulk form, and may require...
Best practice guide for the safe handling and use of nanoparticles in packaging industries
A novel “Best Practice Guide for the Safe Handling and Use of Nanoparticles in Packaging Industries” is now available to support those working with nanomaterials at all stages in the development of packaging products. The Best Practice Guide is the final output of ‘NanoSafePack', a 36 month project funded under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The development of the guide was informed by novel research activities undertaken as part of this project, as well as wider state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of nanosafety. Primarily intended for use...

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