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IOSH publishes report on the prevalence and risks of nanomaterials in the construction and demolition industry

Date: 09/1/2018

The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) released a new research report entitled “Nanotechnology in construction and demolition: what we know, what we don’t”.

IOSH commissioned researchers at Loughborough University to carry out this independent study. The researchers aimed to gather information on what is known about the prevalence of nanomaterials in construction, to test possible risks in the lab and to give guidance for manufacturers of nanomaterials or products containing them and people working in construction or demolition.

The report collates current examples of legislation relating to nanomaterials, reviews of academic and manufacturers’ literature, interviews with construction workers and information on commercially available products which contain nanomaterials. Data from the different sources have been integrated throughout the report to provide an overview of the current situation with regard to nanomaterials in the built environment.

In addition to this report, a “Guidance for Industry” supplement document is aimed at designers, project managers, contractors, demolition engineers, suppliers and health and safety professionals in the construction and demolition industry.

Furthermore, a supporting experimental laboratory report entitled “Identification of nanomaterials and assessment of nanoparticle release” has also been published. This focuses on the identification and characteristics of nanomaterials, nanoparticle release from fractured surfaces and release/migration of nanoparticles of composite materials found and utilised in the construction and demolition industry.

Access the documents here.

Source: Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

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