2(26) 2011

DOI xxxxxxxx

Demetska O. V.

APPROACHES TO RISK ASSESSMENT FOR NANOPARTICLES AND NANOMATERIALS AT WORKPLACE

SI «Institute for Occupational Health of the NAMS of Ukraine», Kyiv

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At present time an issue on risk assessment in the field of nanotechnology, including occupational hazards in production and use of nanoparticles, is actively discussed worldwide. In that, an inapplicability of traditional approaches is accentuated, because of physical and chemical properties of nanoparticles, peculiarities of their biological effects, lack of the detailed information on indicators of acute and chronic toxicity in vitro and in vivo experiments, insufficient data on the impact at workplaces, where nanotechnologies are used. The situation is becoming more complicated, as the number of workers, having occupational contacts with nanoparticles, is increasing constantly, specific monitoring of the working zone is not carried out and there is lack of hygiene standards, etc. At the same time there are available approaches with the help of which it is possible to assess the risk at workplace, even in the case when there is lack of relevant information.

Key words: nanotechnology, nanoparticles, risk assessment, risk management, workplace

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