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EC 2014: Working safely with nanomaterials

EC_200The European Commission has published two documents to support those working with manufactured nanomaterials.

The first document, entitled “Working Safely with Manufactured Nanomaterials – Guidance for Workers” [pdf], is aimed at those working directly with manufactured nanomaterials and addresses a number of frequently asked questions with regards to hazard, exposure, and risk. Guidance is also provided on risk management measures that can be used to control worker exposure.

The second document, entitled “Guidance on the Protection of the Health and Safety of Workers from the Potential Risks related to Nanomaterials at Work – Guidance for Employers and Health and Safety Practitioners” [pdf], aims to assist employers and trained health and safety professionals in fulfilling regulatory obligations under the provisions of Framework Directive 89/391/EEC and the Chemical Agents Directive 98/24/EEC, whenever exposure to manufactured nanomaterials or use of nanotechnology in a professional capacity is known or likely to take place, with the ultimate aim of ensuring adequate protection of workers’ health and safety.

Did you know?

MWCNT-7 is classified by IARC as ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans’ (Group 2B).