A comparison of control banding tools for nanomaterials

  • Araceli Sánchez Jiménez (Creator)
  • Julia Varet (Creator)
  • Craig A. Poland (Creator)
  • Gordon J Fern (Creator)
  • Steven M Hankin (Creator)
  • Martie Van Tongeren (Creator)



Control banding (CB) is a useful approach to evaluate and control the risk of exposure to nanomaterials (NM) due to uncertainty surrounding their toxicity and challenges associated with their measurement. Four CB tools specifically developed for NMs (NanoSafer, Stoffenmanager-Nano, NanoTool, and the Precautionary matrix) have been evaluated for their changes to differences in hazard and exposure input data. The hazard and exposure classification were also compared with experimental data. The tools provided different hazard and emission/exposure outputs when compared with each other and with experimental data. For some of the tools the information required to estimate the hazard is not always available in the Safety Data Sheet and it requires expert judgement. The tools have the potential to be valuable starting points to assess areas of high priority, although outputs should be interpreted with care. Further work should be done to improve their estimates, especially the inclusion of modifiers that account for the effectiveness of the ventilation and the effect of high temperatures during the process.
Date made available17 Jun 2016


  • Control banding
  • exposure
  • hazard
  • nanomaterials

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