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Small, smaller, smallest: comprehensive information on the topic of nanotechnology

The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) is engaged both nationally and internationally in ensuring safety and health during the workplace handling of nanoparticles. This relates primarily to materials whose particles measure less than 100 nanometres.

Nano model © Uwe Völkner, Fotoagentur FOX

Nanotechnology uses nanoscale structures in products, applications and analytical techniques. Nanomaterials are of particular interest from an occupational safety and health perspective. These engineered materials have nanoscale dimensions ranging from 1 to 100 nanometres. A nanometre (nm) is a millionth of a millimetre.

The growing importance of nanotechnology

Recent years have seen an increase in the economic importance of applications based on nanotechnological discoveries, which are now becoming part of workers' everyday lives. Product innovations based on nanotechnology are playing an increasingly important role in many areas of life, such as health and nutrition, work, housing, mobility and energy production.

As these are new types of materials, the BAuA is participating in the development of measurement and testing methods, as well as conducting field studies and identifying the materials' morphological and toxicological properties, in order to create a reliable basis for the evaluation of potential health risks in the workplace. Important areas of ongoing research include the analysis of substances' dust-generation behaviour in conjunction with determining the morphology, surface area and size distribution of released particles. Biopersistence and cytotoxicity are other important indicators of a possible hazard.

Statutory protection against dust and fibres

The medium-term aim of this work is to consistently enshrine protection against respirable dusts and fibres within the EU's regulations on chemical safety. Furthermore, the BAuA seeks to build up governance networks with a view to enabling research institutions and start-ups to recognise risks to humans and the environment as early as possible. These efforts are intended to promote the safe design and use of innovative materials. Through its activities, therefore, the BAuA seeks to benefit from the opportunities and potentials of nanotechnology and to make innovative materials both useful and safe.

For further information on the BAuA's activities in the field of nanotechnology and safety, please refer to the publications and links below. If you have any questions on nanotechnology, please consult the BAuA's information centre.

Publications

Current Issues

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BAuA activities

An overview of the BAuA's activities in the field of nanotechnology

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Measurement of Nanomaterials and ultrafine Particles in the Workplace

Comprehensive information on the topic of "Measurement of nanomaterials and ultrafine particles in the workplace"

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Events

Date 03 May until 04 May Final Conference, Berlin nanoGRAVUR - Final Conference

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Research Projects

Project numberF 2445 StatusOngoing Project Exposure Assessment of nanoscale fibrous materials in the workplace based on a new measurement and evaluation process

Find out more : Exposure Assessment of nanoscale fibrous materials in the workplace based on a new measurement and evaluation process …

Project numberF 2268 StatusCompleted Project Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) Code of Practice for Handling of Nanomaterials in Laboratories, a Contribution to the Third-Party Funded Project "NanoValid" of Nordmiljö AB (Sweden) in the EU 7th Framework Programme

Find out more : Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) Code of Practice for Handling of Nanomaterials in Laboratories, a Contribution to the Third-Party Funded Project "NanoValid" of Nordmiljö AB (Sweden) in the EU 7th Framework Programme …

Project numberF 2273 StatusCompleted Project Memorandum for application of the EU precautionary principle to nanomaterials at the workplace

Find out more : Memorandum for application of the EU precautionary principle to nanomaterials at the workplace …

Project numberF 2393 StatusOngoing Project Pilot project on building a supporting structure for the safe and sustainable development of nanoscale and other advanced materials

Find out more : Pilot project on building a supporting structure for the safe and sustainable development of nanoscale and other advanced materials …

Project numberF 2429 StatusOngoing Project BAuA contribution towards a development of a specific OECD Guideline to determine the particle size and number size distribution of nanomaterials

Find out more : BAuA contribution towards a development of a specific OECD Guideline to determine the particle size and number size distribution of nanomaterials …

Project numberF 2429 StatusOngoing Project Investigations on the Detectability of possible Emissions of Carbon Nanofibres in Exhaust Gases from Combustion Processes

Find out more : Investigations on the Detectability of possible Emissions of Carbon Nanofibres in Exhaust Gases from Combustion Processes …

Project numberF 2325 StatusOngoing Project Testing methods for nanomaterials in the regulatory framework of chemical safety - BAuA contribution to "Regulatory testing of nanomaterials (NanoReg)" in the 7th EU framework program for research

Find out more : Testing methods for nanomaterials in the regulatory framework of chemical safety - BAuA contribution to "Regulatory testing of nanomaterials (NanoReg)" in the 7th EU framework program for research …

Project numberF 2269 StatusCompleted Project NanoGEM, Nanostructured Materials - Health, Exposition, and Characteristics of the Material

Find out more : NanoGEM, Nanostructured Materials - Health, Exposition, and Characteristics of the Material …

Project numberF 2133 StatusCompleted Project Dispersion and retention of ultrafine and nanoparticles in the lungs

Find out more : Dispersion and retention of ultrafine and nanoparticles in the lungs …

Project numberF 2248 StatusCompleted Project Novel Concepts, Methods, and Technologies for the Production of Portable, Easy-to-use Devices for the Measurement and Analysis of Airborne Engineered Nanoparticles in Workplace Air (NanoDevice)

Find out more : Novel Concepts, Methods, and Technologies for the Production of Portable, Easy-to-use Devices for the Measurement and Analysis of Airborne Engineered Nanoparticles in Workplace Air (NanoDevice) …

Project numberF 2157 StatusCompleted Project Exposure measurement of engineered Nanomaterials at selected workplaces

Find out more : Exposure measurement of engineered Nanomaterials at selected workplaces …

Project numberF 2376 StatusOngoing Project Mode of toxic action of nanocarbons

Find out more : Mode of toxic action of nanocarbons …

Project numberF 2337 StatusOngoing Project BAuA contribution to the project "nanoGRAVUR": nanostructured materials - grouping approaches for workers, consumer and environmental protection and risk mitigation

Find out more : BAuA contribution to the project "nanoGRAVUR": nanostructured materials - grouping approaches for workers, consumer and environmental protection and risk mitigation …

Project numberF 2284 StatusCompleted Project Safety, Health, and Quality for Handling Carbon Nano Tubes (CNT) - CarboSafe 2 (Contributions of BAuA to a BMBF-funded project managed by Bayer Technology Services GmbH, Leverkusen)

Find out more : Safety, Health, and Quality for Handling Carbon Nano Tubes (CNT) - CarboSafe 2 (Contributions of BAuA to a BMBF-funded project managed by Bayer Technology Services GmbH, Leverkusen) …

Project numberF 1946 StatusCompleted Project Safety, health and quality during handling with CNT (CarbonNanoTubes) - CarboSafe

Find out more : Safety, health and quality during handling with CNT (CarbonNanoTubes) - CarboSafe …

Project numberF 2380 StatusOngoing Project Dustiness and particle morphology of nano carbon materials

Find out more : Dustiness and particle morphology of nano carbon materials …

Project numberF 2272 StatusCompleted Project Development of a software tool to determine the number concentration for agglomerates and primary particles from nanomaterials at the workplace

Find out more : Development of a software tool to determine the number concentration for agglomerates and primary particles from nanomaterials at the workplace …

Project numberF 2217 StatusCompleted Project Optimation of the personal thermal precipitators for the measurement from nanoparticles at the workplace

Find out more : Optimation of the personal thermal precipitators for the measurement from nanoparticles at the workplace …

Project numberF 2271 StatusCompleted Project German company survey on the safe use of nanomaterials at the workplace

Find out more : German company survey on the safe use of nanomaterials at the workplace …

Project numberF 2337 StatusCompleted Project Personal monitoring of exposure from handling of manufactured nanomaterials at workplace - BAuA contribution to the project NanoIndEx in 7th EU framework program on research

Find out more : Personal monitoring of exposure from handling of manufactured nanomaterials at workplace - BAuA contribution to the project NanoIndEx in 7th EU framework program on research …

Project numberF 2261 StatusCompleted Project Characterization of substances in naoscale as a basis for their assessment under Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH)

Find out more : Characterization of substances in naoscale as a basis for their assessment under Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH) …

Project numberF 2246 StatusCompleted Project Toxic effects of different modifications of a nanoparticle after inhalation

Find out more : Toxic effects of different modifications of a nanoparticle after inhalation …

Project numberF 2043 StatusCompleted Project Assessment of sensitivity and specifity of in vitro-methods for detection of chronic toxicity and carcinogenicity of nanomaterials and fine dust in context of regulatory toxicology (literature survey)

Find out more : Assessment of sensitivity and specifity of in vitro-methods for detection of chronic toxicity and carcinogenicity of nanomaterials and fine dust in context of regulatory toxicology (literature survey) …

Project numberF 2375 StatusCompleted Project NanoCarbon - ELSE: Occupational safety aspects during manufacture and use of high-cycle fatigue performance resins for energy storage applications

Find out more : NanoCarbon - ELSE: Occupational safety aspects during manufacture and use of high-cycle fatigue performance resins for energy storage applications …

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