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Gewählte Master / Diploma Thesis:

Nina Duda (2015): Arbeitnehmerschutz bei der Verwertung von EAG mit Schwerpunkt auf ausgewählte künstlich hergestellte Nanomaterialien.
Master / Diploma Thesis - Institut für Abfallwirtschaft (ABF-BOKU), BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 83. UB BOKU obvsg

Data Source: ZID Abstracts
During recycling processes of small electronic equipment and LCD screens several hazardous substances, including lead, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls as well as engineered nanomaterials including carbon nanotubes, indiumtinoxide and antimony-oxides might be released. Those substances are emitted as fine and ultrafine particles. Nanomaterials are particles in the size range of 1-100 nm. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work assumes in their expert forecast on emerging chemical risks related to occupational safety and health that ultrafine particles and nanomaterials are one of the most significant risks for workers. The aim of this paper is an analysis of the relevant legal framework of nano-specific regulations in the field of occupational health and safety in the waste management industry. Furthermore the occurrence of selected engineered nanomaterials in LCD screens and small electronic equipment or in potential emissions during recycling is reviewed. Occupational health and safety aspects for workers at recycling plants are discussed. The analysis of the legal framework shows that there are many deficits in the field of occupational health and safety measures regarding the use of nanomaterials. An adaptation of the legal situation is necessary. Literature and scientific experts agree that occupational exposure limits need to be set for ultrafine particles. This means that particularly an amendment of the regulation for occupational exposure limits will be needed since the current exposure limits are inapplicable for nano-sized particles. Therefore methods for measuring ultrafine particles at workplaces are needed. The guide for exposure to nanomaterials at work from the ‘Zentrales Arbeitsinspektorat’ is a first effort regarding occupational health and safety and engineered nanomaterials. The theoretical adaptation of the guide’s recommendations shows a limited applicability for recycling plants for waste electronic and electrical equipment.

Beurteilende(r): Salhofer Stefan Petrus
1.Mitwirkender: Part Florian

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