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Survey on Activities involving Nanomaterials in Germany

Results of second company survey

The first survey regarding activities involving nanomaterials highlighted key topics in nanotechnology and the corresponding need for action to recommend protective measures. The aim of the second poll, in 2013, was to promote a pragmatic approach to the open communication of risks.

A corresponding need was identified among SMEs and for laboratory-scale work in particular. This prompted the BAuA to conduct initial indicative exposure measurements at SMEs and served as the starting point for revising the Guidance for Handling and Use of Nanomaterials at the Workplace.

The results are now available from the second survey carried out by the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) in collaboration with the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI e.V.), the Federation of German Industries (BDI e. V.) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The focus of this survey was on open risk communication.

The BAuA wrote to more than 1,700 companies and institutions, asking them to take part in the survey. Completed questionnaires were returned electronically by email to the BAuA's anonymisation office. For the storage of the data and the analysis of the questionnaires, it was ensured that data was anonymised in accordance with the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG). Participation in the survey was voluntary. Thanks to the topical subject matter and the factually and technically sound approach, we were able to obtain a large number of responses. We would like to thank everyone who took part in the survey and who thereby contributed to its success.

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