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Caractérisation des particules nanométriques non intentionnelles émises dans différents milieux de travail
Les particules nanométriques émises non intentionnellement (PNNI) en milieux de travail présentent un potentiel de toxicité pour les travailleurs. Elles montrent une importante capacité de se déposer dans le système respiratoire et se distinguent par leur grande surface spécifique et un potentiel élevé d'inflammation pulmonaire. Cette étude vise à caractériser les PNNI émises dans six milieux de travail à travers un large éventail d'indicateurs. Les concentrations ont été...
NF EN 17199-3 - Mesurage du pouvoir de resuspension des matériaux en vrac contenant des nano-objets et leurs agrégats et agglomérats (NOAA) ou autres particules en fraction alvéolaire
Le présent document décrit la méthodologie permettant de mesurer le pouvoir de resuspension de matériaux en vrac contenant ou émettant des NOAA ou autres particules en fraction alvéolaire dans des conditions normalisées et reproductibles et spécifie, à cette fin, le but de la méthode de la chute continue. Le présent document spécifie le choix des instruments et dispositifs ainsi que les procédures de calcul et d'expression des résultats. Il fournit également des lignes directrices concernant...
Dioxyde de titane sous forme nanoparticulaire : l’Anses définit une Valeur Toxicologique de Référence (VTR) pour l’exposition chronique par inhalation
Le dioxyde de titane sous forme nanoparticulaire est utilisé dans de nombreuses applications industrielles et commerciales. Dans le cadre de sa mission nationale d'élaboration de valeurs sanitaires de référence, l'Anses a été chargée de définir une Valeur Toxicologique de Référence (VTR) pour le dioxyde de titane sous forme nanoparticulaire (TiO 2 -NP). Suite à une analyse approfondie de l'ensemble des données de toxicité disponibles, l'Agence recommande une VTR chronique par inhalation pour...
ASTM E2535 - Standard Guide for Handling Unbound Engineered Nanoscale Particles in Occupational Settings
This guide is intended for use by entities involved in the handling of UNP in occupational settings. This guide covers handling principles and techniques that may be applied, as appropriate, to the variety of UNP materials and handling settings. These settings include research and development activities, material manufacturing, and material use and processing. This guide may also be used by entities that receive materials or articles containing or comprising nanoscale particles fixed upon or within a matrix (that is, bound nanoscale particles), but whose own processes or use may reasonably be expected...
Literature study on the uses and risks of nanomaterials as pigments in the European Union
This report provides a review on the safe use of nano-sized pigments when used by professionals, workers or consumers. Extensive literature searches were carried out in combination with analyses of data from national nano-inventories to capture the current state of play. The report provides a list of nano-sized pigments currently identified on the EU market and discusses potential risks arising from their use in paints, coatings, printer toner cartridges, personal care products, tattooes as well as other potential uses of nanopigments. Data for hazard and risk assessment are not available for the...
A Review of Workplace Risk Management Measures for Nanomaterials to Mitigate Inhalation and Dermal Exposure
This review describes an evaluation of the effectiveness of Risk Management Measures (RMM) for nanomaterials in the workplace. Our aim was to review the effectiveness of workplace RMM for nanomaterials and to determine whether established effectiveness values of conventional chemical substances applied for modelling purposes should be adopted or revised based on available evidence. A literature review was conducted to collate nano-specific data on workplace RMM. Besides the quantitative efficacy values, the library was populated with important covariables such as the study design, measurement type...
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...
Activation des éosinophiles humains par des nanoparticules
L'économie du Canada, comme celle de bien d'autres pays industrialisés, bénéficie du développement des nanotechnologies dont le fort potentiel peut être exploité dans plusieurs secteurs industriels. Un nombre croissant d'entreprises québécoises de production de nanoparticules (NP) est d'ailleurs déjà implanté et tout porte à croire que d'autres emboîteront le pas dans les années à venir. Ce faisant, non seulement le nombre de travailleurs œuvrant dans la fabrication...
NF EN 16897 - Exposition sur les lieux de travail
Caractérisation des aérosols ultrafins/nanoaérosols - Détermination de la concentration en nombre à l'aide de compteurs de particules à condensation La présente Norme européenne fournit des lignes directrices sur le mesurage de la fraction particulaire fine de l'aérosol, notamment pour la détermination de la concentration en nombre des aérosols ultrafins et des nanoaérosols sur les lieux de travail à l'aide de compteurs de particules à condensation (CPC). Source: https://www.boutique.afnor...
Workplace exposure and release of ultrafine particles during atmospheric plasma spraying in the ceramic industry
Atmospheric plasma spraying (APS) is a frequently used technique to produce enhanced-property coatings for different materials in the ceramic industry. This work aimed to characterise and quantify the impact of APS on workplace exposure to airborne particles, with a focus on ultrafine particles (UFPs, < 100 nm) and nanoparticles (< 50 nm). Particle number, mass concentrations, alveolar lung deposited surface area concentration, and size distributions, in the range 10 nm–20 μm were simultaneously monitored at the emission source, in the potential worker breathing zone, and in outdoor...
Challenges on the toxicological predictions of engineered nanoparticles
The perceived enormous potential of nanotechnology in contributing to sustainable innovation has led to the growth of investments into new industrial applications and consumer products. However, the lack of tools that are needed to generate early knowledge about the potential adverse effects, combined with the uncertainties regarding the health and safety risks of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs), are a potential threat to the acceptability by society of the nanotechnology innovations, due to the rising societal concerns that are based on generic worries. In order to tackle these issues, it has...
Évaluation de méthodes de prélèvement et de caractérisation de nanomatériaux manufacturés dans l'air et sur des surfaces des milieux de travail
La surveillance des niveaux de contamination de l'air par des nanomatériaux manufacturés (NMM) est une démarche complexe qui présente plusieurs incertitudes et limites notamment : la présence simultanée de particules de dimensions nanométriques qui ne sont pas des NMM, l'absence d'instruments validés permettant une mesure en zone respiratoire et la multiplicité des indicateurs à apprécier. Certains organismes, dont l'Institut national de recherche et de sécurité (INRS) en France et l'Institut...
Indoor Air Quality in Photocopy Centers, Nanoparticle Exposures at Photocopy Workstations, and the Need for Exposure Controls
Background: Photocopiers emit large amounts of nanoparticles (NP) and are a significant source of indoor air pollution. These emissions induce airway inflammation, irritation, and systemic oxidative stress in humans, lung injury and inflammation in animals, and cytotoxicity and epigenetic modifications in vitro. However, little is known regarding NP exposures at the workstation in the photocopy work environment, or the extent and use of emission controls. Objective: To survey the photocopy work environment with regards to emissions controls and to evaluate IAQ with emphasis on NP exposure at the...
Exposure to metal oxide nanoparticles administered at occupationally relevant doses induces pulmonary effects in mice
In spite of the great promises that the development of nanotechnologies can offer, concerns regarding potential adverse health effects of occupational exposure to nanoparticle (NP) is raised. We recently identified metal oxide NP in lung tissue sections of welders, located inside macrophages infiltrated in fibrous regions. This suggests a role of these NP in the lung alterations observed in welders. We therefore designed a study aimed to investigate the pulmonary effects, in mice, of repeated exposure to NP administered at occupationally relevant doses. We therefore chose four metal oxide NPs representative...
Refinement of the Nanoparticle Emission Assessment Technique into the Nanomaterial Exposure Assessment Technique (NEAT 2.0)
Engineered nanomaterial emission and exposure characterization studies have been completed at more than 60 different facilities by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). These experiences have provided NIOSH the opportunity to refine an earlier published technique, the Nanoparticle Emission Assessment Technique (NEAT 1.0), into a more comprehensive technique for assessing worker and workplace exposures to engineered nanomaterials. This change is reflected in the new name Nanomaterial Exposure Assessment Technique (NEAT 2.0) which distinguishes it from NEAT 1.0. NEAT...
Characterisation of Exposure to Ultrafine Particles from Surgical Smoke by Use of a Fast Mobility Particle Sizer
Electrosurgery is a method based on a high frequency current used to cut tissue and coagulate small blood vessels during surgery. Surgical smoke is generated due to the heat created by electrosurgery. The carcinogenic potential of this smoke was assumed already in the 1980's and there has been a growing interest in the potential adverse health effects of exposure to the particles in surgical smoke. Surgical smoke is known to contain ultrafine particles (UFPs) but the knowledge about the exposure to UFPs produced by electrosurgery is however sparse. The aims of the study were therefore to characterise...
Occupational dermal exposure to nanoparticles and nano-enabled products
Part 2, exploration of exposure processes and methods of assessment In the first of a series of two papers (Larese Filon et al., 2016), we focused our attention on identifying conditions or situations, i.e. a combination of nanoparticle physico-chemical properties, skin barrier integrity, and occupations with high prevalence of skin disease, which deserve further investigation. This second paper focuses on the broad question of dermal exposure assessment to nanoparticles and attempts to give an overview of the mechanisms of occupational dermal exposure to nanoparticles and nano-enabled products...
Occupational dermal exposure to nanoparticles and nano-enabled products
Part I - Factors affecting skin absorption The paper reviews and critically assesses the evidence on the relevance of various skin uptake pathways for engineered nanoparticles, nano-objects, their agglomerates and aggregates (NOAA). It focuses especially in occupational settings, in the context of nanotoxicology, risk assessment, occupational medicine, medical/epidemiological surveillance efforts, and the development of relevant exposure assessment strategies. Skin uptake of nanoparticles is presented in the context of local and systemic health effects, especially contact dermatitis, skin barrier...
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...
Dioxyde de titane nanométrique
De la nécessité d'une valeur limite d'exposition professionnelle Dès 2005, l'INRS a souligné la nécessité d'engager une réflexion relative aux valeurs limites d'exposition professionnelle en lien avec les nanomatériaux en raison de leurs propriétés toxicologiques particulières. Cet article propose, à partir de l'analyse de travaux initiés depuis en Europe, au Japon et aux États-Unis, une valeur limite d'exposition professionnelle pour le dioxyde de titane nanométrique...
Summary of work undertaken to assess workplace exposure and control measures during the manufacture and handling of engineered nanomaterials
The aim of this research was to develop an improved understanding of the UK nanomaterial industry and of worker exposure to engineered nanomaterials, through visits to companies manufacturing or using these materials. The visits were undertaken to assess exposure to airborne nanomaterials and to assess the effectiveness of the controls used to reduce exposure. Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr1068.htm
Nanomatériaux – Guide de bonnes pratiques favorisant la gestion des risques en milieu de travail
2e édition Dans l’intention de soutenir le développement sécuritaire des nanotechnologies au Québec, le présent guide souhaite rassembler les connaissances scientifiques actuelles sur l’identification des dangers, les stratégies d’évaluation du niveau de nanomatériaux retrouvés dans différents milieux de travail, l’évaluation des risques et finalement l’application de différentes approches à la gestion des risques. Ce guide, dont l’utilisation optimale requiert un minimum...
Mesure, contrôle et caractérisation des nanoparticules
Procédure appliquée à l'usinage et au frottement mécanique Alors que les nanotechnologies émergentes ouvrent des voies prometteuses dans plusieurs secteurs d'activité, des études suggèrent que les nanoparticules (NPs) qu'elles génèrent pourraient avoir des effets négatifs, notamment sur la santé et sur l'environnement. Celles-ci peuvent être générées lors de la fabrication, de la manutention et de l'assemblage de pièces métalliques ordinaires et de celles...
Nanoparticules : Efficacité des filtres de protection respiratoire
Afin de minimiser l'exposition de travailleurs aux nanoparticules, une équipe de chercheurs a conçu une méthodologie permettant d'évaluer l'efficacité des appareils de protection respiratoire (APR) en reproduisant en laboratoire les conditions d'exposition à des particules de différentes tailles. À l'aide d'un banc d'essai expérimental, équipé d'un dispositif d'épuration d'air, les scientifiques ont analysé le rendement des filtres N95, soit ceux le plus couramment...
Industrial Production and Professional Application of Manufactured Nanomaterials-Enabled End Products in Dutch Industries: Potential for Exposure
Background: In order to make full use of the opportunities while responsibly managing the risks of working with manufactured nanomaterials (MNM), we need to gain insight into the potential level of exposure to MNM in the industry. Therefore, the goal of this study was to obtain an overview of the potential MNM exposure scenarios within relevant industrial sectors, applied exposure controls, and number of workers potentially exposed to MNM in Dutch industrial sectors producing and applying MNM-enabled end products in the Netherlands. Methods : A survey was conducted in three phases: (i) identification...
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