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Best Practices Guide to Synthetic Nanoparticle Risk Management
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A Guide to Improving Nanoparticle Risk Management

How can we manage the risks posed by nanoparticles? Help is close at hand. A new guide - the first of its kind in Quйbec - has been published to help deal with managing the risks associated with synthetic nanoparticles. The best practices guide published jointly by the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvй en santй et en sйcuritй du travail (IRSST), the Commission de la santй et de la sйcuritй du travail (CSST) and NanoQuйbec sets out a prevention strategy for both the workers and researchers who use, manufacture or synthesize nanoparticles.

The authors of the guide cautioned that the knowledge on health and safety risks specific to nanoparticles is still very limited. We do know however that nanoparticles can be more toxic than their equivalent larger-scale chemical counterparts and even when the levels of toxicity and exposure are uncertain, there is enough knowledge to effectively manage the risks.

Best Practices Guide to Synthetic Nanoparticle Risk Managementdescribes the current state of knowledge in the field and makes recommendations for controlling its risk factors to prevent workplace injuries. The guide outlines the health, safety and environmental risks of nanotechnologies, and suggests an approach for evaluating and controlling these risks. It also documents current practices at the international level and identifies which factors should form part of an institutional prevention program.

"The guide does not address every issue associated with nanoparticles. Its merits include recommending a preventive approach for minimizing occupational exposure, suggesting a step-by-step approach and providing concrete examples of applications in industrial settings and research centers," stated Marie Larue, IRSST President and CEO.