Working with engineered nanoparticles: Risk Assessment in R&D
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Engineered nanoparticles are widely used in R&D in the field of nanoelectronics and bioelectronics. Toxicologic research has identified that engineered nanoparticles may have adverse effects on health. Properties such as particle structure, size and surface reactivity can explain some of the possible toxicological effects. Hazard data in combination with criteria that characterize potential exposure are used to define a “Risk band”. Activities where ENPs are used are subject to a risk assessment. As a result of the risk assessment a risk band is attributed to each activity. For each risk band a set of safety measures including engineering controls is defined. The presentation gives insight in the method of risk banding as well as in the safety measures that are applied.