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Posted: May 23, 2007
German Occupational Safety and Health Strategy addresses nanoparticles
(Nanowerk News) The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) in Germany is concerned with all matters of safety and health at work. As part of their role to offer advice and practical assistance to companies, government, the social partners and the general public, BAuA released a 65-page "Working Programme 2007-2010".
In it, BAuA outlines 10 objectives and 45 strategic focal points as part of its comprehensive approach to safety and health at work. With regard to nanotechnology at the work place the programme states that the risks to employees who handle nanoparticles at their workplace is largely unknown.
A systematic survey of the manufacture and use of synthetic nanomaterials at workplaces will be conducted in collaboration with the German chemical industry association VCI (Verband der Chemischen Industrie).