Guidance for Handling and Use of Nanomaterials at the Workplace
This Guidance contains recommendations and operating instructions for the handling and use of nanomaterials in the chemical industry.
2. General occupational health and safety rules
3. Recommendations for workers' protection in the handling and use of nanomaterials
4. Current situation and development of measuring methods for nanoparticles Annex Hazard Assessment for Nanomaterials at the Workplace
In spring 2006 the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin, BAuA) and the German Chemical Industry Association (Verband der Chemischen Industrie, VCI) conducted, among VCI member companies, a joint survey on occupational health and safety in the handling and use of nanomaterials. The purpose of the survey was to obtain an overview of occupational health and safety methods currently applied in the chemical industry in activities involving nanomaterials. A further aim was to develop, on the basis of the survey results, this "Guidance for Handling and Use of Nanomaterials at the Workplace" – with recommendations and operating instructions for the handling and use of nanomaterials in the chemical industry.
The starting point for both joint initiatives of BAuA and VCI was the stakeholder dialogue event on "Synthetic Nanoparticles" on 11./12. October 2005 in Bonn.
The questionnaire survey was evaluated by BAuA; the "Guidance for Handling and Use of Nanomaterials at the Workplace" was elaborated predominantly by VCI. In both activities several expert talks were held between BAuA and VCI in the development phases.
This Guidance wants to provide some orientation regarding measures in the production and use of nanomaterials at the workplace. The recommendations given here reflect the current state of science and technology.
It is planned to adapt this Guidance to the advancing state of knowledge and to bring it in a more specific form, by mid-2008 at the latest.