As nanotechnology continues to grow and the production and use of nanomaterials spreads to a wide range of industries, a new publication asks, “What are the issues for workers?” According to the 44-page book recently published by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), workers need to be properly informed of the potential hazards related to nanomaterials, and better data is needed to identify workers who may be at risk for exposure. In addition, the book calls for documentation on workers’ exposure to nanomaterials and the implementation of long-term medical surveillance. The author, an ETUI researcher, concludes that “improvements in working conditions in those jobs where employees are exposed to nanoparticles…are unlikely to keep pace with growth in the nanosector.”
The publication also discusses common examples of nanomaterials in the workplace, routes of exposure to nanoparticles, safety control tools, and the type of information workers should know about nanomaterials. “Nanomaterials and Workplace Health and Safety: What are the Issues for Workers?” is available to download as a PDF
on ETUI’s website.
ETUI is the independent research and training center of the European Trade Union Confederation that is focused on the interests of workers. ETUI is a nonprofit international association that receives financial support from the European Union. For more information, visit ETUI’s home page