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Nanomaterials and Worker Health: Medical Surveillance, Exposure Registries, and Epidemiologic Research

Schulte, Paul A. PhD; Trout, Douglas B. MD

Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31821b1b28
Background: Original Article
Abstract

Objective: This article provides an overview of the issues that arise with medical surveillance, exposure registration, and epidemiologic research involving nanomaterial workers.

Methods: An occupational health perspective is applied to detecting risks in nanomaterial workers individually and as a group.

Results: General principles for medical surveillance, exposure registration, and epidemiologic research are identified. A model Nanomaterial Worker Health Study is for consideration.

Conclusions: The Nanomaterial Worker Health Study can be developed as a tangible action in assuring the public that steps are being taken to learn of any adverse effects from exposure to nanomaterials.

Author Information

From the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cincinnati, OH.

Address correspondence to: Paul Schulte, PhD, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS C-14, Cincinnati, OH 45226; PSchulte@cdc.gov.

The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

©2011The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine