Guidance Recommends Approach for Minimizing Nanomaterials Exposure

Published January 6, 2016

Updated guidance published by Quebec-based research organization IRSST recommends a preventive approach designed to minimize occupational exposure to nanomaterials. The suggested approach described in the second edition of “Best Practices Guidance for Nanomaterial Risk Management in the Workplace” is designed to reduce nanomaterial emissions in a variety of work environments, including research laboratories, plants that synthesize nanomaterials, and plants that incorporate nanomaterials into products to improve their properties. The document also discusses reducing nanomaterial emissions in workplaces where mechanical operations are performed on composites that include nanomaterials and generate dust containing nanomaterials.

The second edition incorporates new information in the scientific literature, and includes appendices that describe examples of at-risk situations; preventive measures and data on their relative efficacy; and the implementation of measures to control exposure. The guide is intended to help employers, workers, and members of occupational health and safety committees in laboratories and industry in developing and monitoring prevention programs.

Download the guide from IRSST’s website.

For more information on IRSST, visit the organization’s home page.