Development of a French epidemiological surveillance system of workers producing or handling engineered nanomaterials in the workplace.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE Concern has been raised about the potential impact of nanomaterials exposure on human health, and France has decided to implement a timely epidemiological surveillance tool of workers likely to be exposed to engineered nanomaterials that could accompany the development of nanotechnologies. METHODS A comprehensive review of the toxicological and epidemiological literature has been conducted together with an exploratory study among French companies producing or handling nanoobjects. RESULTS A double surveillance system is proposed consisting of a prospective cohort survey and repeated cross-sectional studies. The aim of the cohort is (1) to monitor long-term health effects and (2) to allow of further research. Setting-up an exposure registry is the first planned step. CONCLUSIONS The protocol is about to be submitted to the French Government for approval and funding.

DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31821b1d68

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@article{BoutouKempf2011DevelopmentOA, title={Development of a French epidemiological surveillance system of workers producing or handling engineered nanomaterials in the workplace.}, author={Odile Boutou-Kempf and Jean-Luc Marchand and Anca Radauceanu and Olivier Witschger and E. Imbernon}, journal={Journal of occupational and environmental medicine}, year={2011}, volume={53 6 Suppl}, pages={S103-7} }