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terça-feira, 17 de julho de 2012

DE - Guidance on risk assessment of nanomaterials use at work

DE - Orientação sobre avaliação de riscos dos nanomateriais usar no trabalho
The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) and the Chemical Industry Association (VCI) have just published an updated version of their guide on nanomaterials use at work. The brochure explains how workers may be affected by contact with nanomaterials. According to the Hazardous Materials Ordinance a risk assessment and a regular review of the effectiveness of the actions and documentation is required.
The recommendations are based on the basic principles of labor protection within the meaning of the Responsible Care initiative of the chemical industry. The revised version includes new findings on measurement techniques and prevention trategies. It also provides a clear and easy to understand flow chart for risk assessment in the workplace, where the user gets guidance for action.

In addition, the brochure insists on process changes to avoid exposures (powdery, dusty materials can be used as dispersions, pastes or bound compounds). For activities that cannot be carried out in closed systems, the guide recommends additional organizational and personal protection measures, and appropriate staff training.

The guide can be downloaded from the website of the BAuA.