Nanoparticles - Occupational exposure in federally regulated workplaces

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

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Do you have concerns

Is this your workplace or industry

  • Health care
  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • Chemical manufacturing/production
  • Transferring/packaging
  • Filtration/thermal treatment
  • Spraying or vacuum cleaning
  • Mixing
  • Cutting or grinding nano-enabled products
  • The fabrication of products containing nanoparticles

If you answered “Yes”, refer to the Engineered nanoparticles: Health and safety considerations publication for information.


  • Are you exposed to any ultrafine particles similar to welding fumes or carbon black at your workplace?
  • Have you experienced any adverse respiratory symptoms, e.g., coughing or breathing difficulties?
  • Have you observed among your colleagues at work elevated rates of serious respiratory diseases?
  • Do you worry that any exposure to ultrafine particles in your workplace can make you ill?

Action to take

If you answered “Yes” to one or more of these questions, raise the issue with your supervisor and refer to the Internal complaint resolution process website.


Refer to Labour Program by telephone 1-800-641-4049 or consult

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