REVIEW OF CONTROL BANDING APPROACHES FOR OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE ASSESSMENT OF NANOMATERIALS

1 PRICHYSTALOVA Radka
Co-authors:
1 KOCURKOVA Lucie 1 BERNATIKOVA Sarka 1 BRZICOVA Tana 1 DVORAKOVA Kristina
Institution:
1 VSB - Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic, EU
Conference:
9th International Conference on Nanomaterials - Research & Application, Hotel Voronez I, Brno, Czech Republic, EU, October 18th - 20th 2017
Proceedings:
Proceedings 9th International Conference on Nanomaterials - Research & Application
Pages:
674-678
ISBN:
978-80-87294-81-9
ISSN:
2694-930X
Published:
8th March 2018
Proceedings of the conference were published in Web of Science and Scopus.
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Abstract

The employers shall ensure adequate safety and health protection of the workers. They are obliged to carry out risk assessment and take appropriate measures for risk prevention and control related to all relevant workplace hazards. However, sound risk assessment requires reliable comprehensive information on hazard (toxicity) and exposure which may not be available for many, especially novel, substances and materials, such as nanomaterials (both engineered and accidental). The generally accepted approach used for preliminary risk assessment of nanomaterials is Control banding (CB). CB is a pragmatic tool to manage the risk resulting from exposure to potentially hazardous substances in the absence of firm toxicological and exposure data. Currently, several CB tools have been developed within the international research activities. The aim of this study was to review the CB tools that are presently available for qualitative, semi-quantitative or quantitative estimation of exposure and risk associated with the manufacture and professional use of nanomaterials. The applicability of the various tools was evaluated using two real-life occupational exposure scenarios. Furthermore, the positives, negatives (limitations) of these tools, and the recommendation on their usefulness in particular industrial sectors were analysed.

Keywords: nanomaterials, occupational exposure, risk assessment, control banding tools
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