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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31821b1d68
Summary: Original Article

Development of a French Epidemiological Surveillance System of Workers Producing or Handling Engineered Nanomaterials in the Workplace

Boutou-Kempf, Odile PharmD, MPH; Marchand, Jean-Luc PhD; Radauceanu, Anca MD; Witschger, Olivier PhD; Imbernon, Ellen MD; the group Health Risks of Nanotechnologies

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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.

©2011The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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