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European Agency for Safety & Health at Work (EU-OSHA)

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) is a decentralised agency of the European Union, with the task of collecting, analysing and disseminating information related to occupational safety and health across the EU and contributing to an evidence base which policymakers can use to establish future policies regarding occupational safety and health.

In March 2009, EU-OSHA announced the results of a report entitled "Expert Forecast on Emerging Chemical Risks Related to Occupational Safety And Health". According to the report, "contact with a wide range of chemicals and other hazardous substances at work is endangering the health of workers across Europe, and nanotechnology is one of the risks causing most concern to experts from 21 European countries."

Following this, EU-OSHA has published several reports pertaining to the workplace risks of nanomaterials, including:

- A literature review on “Workplace Exposure to Nanoparticles”, published in June 2009;

- A literature review on “Risk Perception and Risk Communication with regard to Nanomaterials in the Workplace”, published in June 2012;

- A project report on “Nano in furniture – state of the art in 2012”, published in March 2013 along with a number of fact sheets.

In addition, EU-OSHA has published a number of good practice case examples for those working in various sectors of the nanotechnology industry.


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