Building exposure scenarios for safety management of engineered nanomaterials

Lucie Sikorová, Martie Van Tongeren, Pavel Danihelka, Araceli Sánchez Jiménez, Šárka Bernatíková

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Abstract

Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) have unique physical and chemical properties, which enable effective solutions in many aspects of our lives. They could help diagnose and cure diseases, reduce the environmental impacts or improve the function of consumer goods. However, the same properties which make them remarkable may make them potentially dangerous to humans and the environment. Despite the extensive research in the field of nanotoxicology, there is still not sufficient scientific evidence to make clear conclusions with respect to risk associated with the use of many ENMs. As a result, it is recommended to monitor occupational, consumer and environmental exposure and to control exposure as much as reasonably achievable. Exposure scenarios include a set of information on materials, operation conditions and applied risk management measures, and present a valuable tool for exposure assessment and subsequently for the risk management of ENMs. Building exposure scenarios belongs to one of the main research priorities in nanosafety worldwide, due to the need of harmonized, transferrable and effective data for decision making process. This contribution provides an overview of the state-of-the-art, obstacles and challenges in ENMs exposure scenarios development in the EU and implications for the Czech Republic.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNANOCON 2014 - Conference Proceedings, 6th International Conference
Place of PublicationOstrava
PublisherTanger
Pages723-730
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9788087294536
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event6th International Conference on Nanomaterials, NANOCON 2014 - Brno, Czech Republic
Duration: 5 Nov 20147 Nov 2014

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Nanomaterials, NANOCON 2014
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
CityBrno
Period5/11/147/11/14

Keywords

  • Engineered nanomaterials
  • Exposure assessment
  • Exposure scenario
  • Safety management

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