Employers have a general duty to ensure the health and safety of workers in all aspect related to their work, including any possible risks associated with working with nanomaterials. This is achieved through by the development of a risk management programme, conducting regular risk assessments, which are generally informed by an exposure assessment and result in the implementation of a control strategy. As for any other chemical, appropriate steps are taken to minimise worker exposure to nanomaterials by applying protection measures, appropriate to the activities and consistent with the ‘hierarchy of control’ (see figure above).
Guidance documents for the safe handling, storage and disposal of nanomaterials in the workplace are available, advising on the best practical measures and practices to control potential exposures. Please visit our Guidance page for further information. Verification or confirmation is essential to ensure that the implemented tools and strategies are performing as specified. It is also important to bear in mind the specific properties and quantities of the materials being used and any specific requirements and conditions of the workplace.
SAFENANO provides tailored workplace exposure monitoring services, including the provision best practice advice and recommendations for controlling worker exposure to nanomaterials. For further information, please visit our service page or contact us.