EU-OSHA Publishes Guidance on Safe Use of Nanomaterials

New guidance released by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) provides health and safety practitioners, employers, and workers with an overview of the safe use of manufactured nanomaterials in the workplace. According to the agency, this guidance should help address specific risks or concerns about nanomaterials and ensure that they are adequately controlled in the workplace. The guidance is intended for general use in occupational settings within the European Union where nanotechnology is used. 

For employers and health and safety professionals, the new guidance includes a section on risk assessment and risk management, which contains information on the identification of manufactured nanomaterials, exposure assessment, and control banding. The guidance for workers includes basic information on nanomaterials, current concerns about manufactured nanomaterials, routes of exposure, and commonly used risk management measures. 
The guidance documents are available for download on EU-OSHA’s website.

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