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Application of a Pilot Control Banding Tool for Risk Level Assessment and Control of Nanoparticle Exposures


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TitleApplication of a Pilot Control Banding Tool for Risk Level Assessment and Control of Nanoparticle Exposures
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsPaik, S. Y., Zalk D. M., and Swuste P.
JournalAnnals of Occupational Hygiene
Volume52
Issue6
Pagination419 - 428
Date Published08/2008
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number1475-3162
Abstract

Control banding (CB) strategies offer simplified solutions for controlling worker exposures to constituents that are found in the workplace in the absence of firm toxicological and exposure data. These strategies may be particularly useful in nanotechnology applications, considering the overwhelming level of uncertainty over what nanomaterials and nanotechnologies present as potential work-related health risks, what about these materials might lead to adverse toxicological activity, how risk related to these might be assessed and how to manage these issues in the absence of this information. This study introduces a pilot CB tool or ‘CB Nanotool’ that was developed specifically for characterizing the health aspects of working with engineered nanoparticles and determining the level of risk and associated controls for five ongoing nanotechnology-related operations being conducted at two Department of Energy research laboratories.

DOI10.1093/annhyg/men041
Short TitleAnnals of Occupational Hygiene