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Potential occupational exposure to manufactured nanoparticles in Italy

Boccuni, Fabio and Rondinone, Bruna and Petyx, Carlo and Iavicoli, Sergio (2008) Potential occupational exposure to manufactured nanoparticles in Italy. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, 16 (8-9). pp. 949-956.

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The development and spread of nanotechnologies in manufacturing work worldwide calls for close attention to the potential health risks for workers who might be exposed to nanometer-scale materials. Our limited knowledge of exposure assessment means that further research in this field is urgently needed. This paper focuses on the potential occurrence of nanoparticles in some economic sectors and proposes an estimate of the number of workers involved. This is a basic step in the general process of risk analysis in order to establish the size and impact of the hazard. As the first phase in a project to define ways of assessing the risk of occupational exposure to nanomaterials in Italy we developed a method for identifying the industrial sectors involved and the numbers of workers potentially exposed to manufactured nanoparticles. Substantial numbers are potentially involved. The model proposed could also be tested for application on unintentionally produced nanoparticles, and in general - on populations exposed to other specific risks. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:manufactured nanoparticles; nanotechnologies; occupational exposure; risk assessment; occupational health
Subjects:NanoSafety > Environment, health and safety aspects of nanotechnology
ID Code:736
Deposited By:SPI
Deposited On:20 Jan 2009 10:46
Last Modified:20 Jan 2009 10:46

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