Am I exposed to nanomaterials?

You need to find out if you are exposed to nanomaterials during your work. The scheme below can help you.

Is the nanomaterial used in a closed system?
Yes No
No
Do you work with a powder containing nanomaterial?
Yes No
No
Do you work with a fluid containing nanomaterial?
Yes No
No
Do you work with nanomaterial-containing objects?
Yes No
Yes
Do you operate machinery that interacts with or creates nanomaterials (sanding, drilling etc)?
Yes No
No
You are probably not exposed to nanomaterials
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Do other handlings (sampling, transfer, cleaning and maintenance, etc) also take place in a closed system?
Yes No
There is a risk of exposure to nanomaterials. Therefore, you need to determine the degree of exposure. You can do so by measuring it, using existing data or, in case you do not have these options, using a qualitative model. Determine how hazardous the material is. .
Most likely you are not handling nanomaterials, but are dealing with nanotechnology.
Exposure to nanomaterials is uncertain. Please consult the Frequently Asked Question ‘In which situations is exposure to nanomaterials not expected?’ for guidance or contact Nanocentre.
Yes
You are not exposed to nanomaterials, except in case of a calamity.