Using Nanomaterials at Work: Including Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) and Other Biopersistent High Aspect Ratio Nanomaterials (HARNs)

Publication Date : 2013
Code : 92
176 Visited Entry Date : 2017/10/04

UNITED KINGDOM

English
Volume 27 Pages
Document type Guide & Procedure
Subject Occupational Safety
Summary

This guidance describes how to control occupational exposure to manufactured nanomaterials in the workplace. It will help you understand what you need to do to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) (as amended) when you work with these substances.

If you work with nanomaterials this guidance will help you protect your employees. If you run a medium-sized or large business, where decisions about controlling hazardous substances are more complex, you may also need professional advice. This guidance will also be useful for trade union and employee health and safety representatives.

This guidance is specifically about the manufacture and manipulation of all manufactured nanomaterials, including carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and other biopersistent high aspect ratio nanomaterials (HARNs). It has been prepared in response to emerging evidence about the toxicity of these materials.

The general control principles described can be applied to all nanomaterials used in the workplace. If using HARNS and other biopersistent nanomaterials, including CNTs, all the general principles described and the extra information highlighted in the labelled boxes should be applied.
Content

Introduction

   Who is this guidance for?

   Why do I need to read this guidance?

   What is a nanomaterial?

 

Legal duties

   COSHH

   DSEAR

   REACH

 

Establishing hazard

   A key step to understanding the hazards of nanomaterials is characterisation

   Workplace exposure limits

 

Assessing risk

   Risk assessment

   Where can exposure occur?

   Think about each task

 

Control of risk

   What control measures?

   Engineering control measures

   Personal protective equipment (PPE)

   Monitoring

 

Cleaning spillages

 

Signage in the workplace for nanomaterials

 

Transport of nanomaterials around and outside the workplace

 

Supply of nanomaterials outside the workplace 16

 

Information, instruction and training

 

Skills and experience

   Competence

   Worker involvement

 

Health surveillance

 

Disposal and waste

 

Getting help

 

Appendix 1: Nanomaterial control flowchart

 

Appendix 2: Local exhaust ventilation (LEV)

 

References

 

Further information
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