This publication provides updated information about the toxicology and work health hazards of engineered nanomaterials. Safe Work Australia commissioned ToxConsult Pty Ltd to undertake this project.

This report updates and builds on the findings of the 2009 report Engineered nanomaterials – a review of the toxicology and health hazards and provides specific information about the health hazards of:

  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Zinc oxide
  • Cerium oxide, and
  • Silver

The report provides suggestions for workplace exposure standards for carbon nanotubes and nanoscale silver and titanium dioxide. It also finds that conventional risk assessment approaches for chemicals can be used in managing risks of working with engineered nanomaterials.


This report should be read by nanomaterial manufacturers and importers, work health and safety practitioners, researchers and other interested persons who need to understand the hazards or engineered nanomaterials and require guidance on managing risks associated with those hazards.

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2009 Publication – Engineered nanomaterials – a review of the toxicology and health hazards

An information sheet summarising the key findings of the report and the implications for work health and safety will be made available in the future.

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