Nanomaterials, a New Challenge in the Workplace

Adv Exp Med Biol. 2022;1357:379-402. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-88071-2_15.


Nanomaterials are a nanotechnological product of increasing importance given the possibilities they offer to improve quality of life and support sustainable development. Safe management of nanomaterials is needed to ensure that this emerging technology has the highest levels of acceptance among different interest groups, including workers. This chapter reviews the current state that presents the different stages of risk management applied to nanomaterials, including standardisation, regulation, risk assessment and risk control. Particularly, the chapter contextualizes the development of nanotechnologies at European level and analyses the scientific evidence available on the risks derived from nanomaterials use. Furthermore, it highlights the required conditions to encourage the responsible development of nanomaterials, as well as reflects on the lack of consensus in terms of approaches and frameworks that could facilitate standardisation adoption, regulatory enforcement and industry intervention concerning nanomaterials.

Keywords: Health and safety; Nanoparticles; Risk assessment; Risk management.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Industry
  • Nanostructures*
  • Nanotechnology
  • Quality of Life
  • Risk Assessment
  • Workplace*