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|Title: ||Nanotechnology– balancing accident reduction with potential health risks in construction|
|Authors: ||Jones, Wendy|
Gibb, Alistair G.F.
Goodier, Chris I.
Bust, Phillip D.
|Issue Date: ||2015|
|Citation: ||JONES, W. et al., 2015. Nanotechnology– balancing accident reduction with potential health risks in construction. IN: Proceedings of WOS.net 8th edition, Smart Prevention for Sustainable Safety, Porto, Portugal 23-25 September.|
|Abstract: ||Nanotechnology involves working at a sub microscopic level with particles or structures which are 1-100 nm in size – one nanometre being a billionth of a metre. Nanotechnology has the potential to reduce certain health and safety risks in the construction industry. It also offers improved material functionality and performance. However, there are unresolved concerns regarding the health risk from some nanomaterials. It is important that the adoption of these new materials does not increase the risk of occupational ill-health, described by Gibb et al (2006) as a ‘slow accident’. The IOSH-funded research on which this paper is based is assessing the use and benefits of nanomaterials in construction through literature review and interviews with industry stakeholders. The research is also exploring the potential for harm, particularly during demolition and recycling at end of life, by testing nano-enabled construction products in a laboratory environment.|
|Description: ||This is a conference paper. The conference website is at: http://www.wos2015.net/index.asp|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Appears in Collections:||Conference Papers (Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering)|
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