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J Occup Environ Med. 2011 Jun;53(6 Suppl):S103-7. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31821b1d68.

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

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French Institute for Public Health Surveillance, St Maurice, France. odile.boutou@ars.sante.fr

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.

PMID:
21654409
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e31821b1d68
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