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Z12885-12 (R2017) - Nanotechnologies - Exposure control program for engineered nanomaterials in occupational settings

Publication Year:

  • 2012

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Reaffirmed Year:

  • 2017


  • CSA

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Z12885-12 - Nanotechnologies — Exposure control program for engineered nanomaterials in occupational settings

NanotechnologyNanotechnology is a multidisciplinary grouping of materials, applications and concepts, as well as physical, chemical, biological, engineering, and electronic processes. The defining characteristic is size: nanotechnology involves developing and using materials typically in the range of 1 to 100 nanometers (one nanometer is one billionth of a meter).

Expected to impact virtually every facet of global industry and society, the potential application of nanomaterials seems to be limitless. Unique properties exhibited at the nanoscale are being applied in a range of product areas that includes computers, health care, packaging, textiles, and energy. The use of engineered nanomaterials, however, as primary and intermediate components in manufactured products may raise worker and workplace safety concerns.

The first edition of CSA Z12885 contains valuable knowledge on occupational safety and health practices related to nanotechnologies. The first in a series of standards being adopted in Canada relating to the use of nanotechnologies in new processes, products and systems, CSA Z12885 is an adoption, with Canadian deviations, of ISO Technical Report 12885 - Nanotechnologies — Health and safety practices in occupational settings relevant to nanotechnologies.

CSA Z12885 is aligned with the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) continuous improvement model as found in occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS) such as CAN/CSA-Z1000 Standard, Occupational Health and Safety Management.

Highlights of Z12885 include:

  • Clearly outlines of responsibilities and accountability of senior management as well as encouraging worker participation
  • Describes elements of hazard identification and risk assessment processes
  • Reviews preventative and protective measures
  • Outlines proper work procedures and sufficient training needs
  • Includes comprehensive tables, graphs and illustrations

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