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Prevention of mechanical hazards and physical

Development of a method for measuring nanoparticle penetration through glove materials under conditions simulating workplace use

Toan Vu-Khanh, Patricia Dolez / École de technologie supérieure
Ginette Truchon / IRSST
Kevin Wilkinson / Université de Montréal
Gilles L'Espérance / École Polytechnique
Petros Koutrakis / Harvard School of Public Health
Yves Cloutier, Chantal Dion / IRSST



0099-7910 : Completed

With the anticipated growth of nanotechnologies, the risks of exposure to nanoparticles, already present in the workplace, will increase exponentially. Contamination through the skin has not been extensively studied and some people believe that it is underestimated. It also seems that, in some cases, troubling concentrations of nanoparticles can pass through protective clothing, particularly laboratory gloves. The research team aims to develop a method for characterizing the protective efficiency of glove materials against nanoparticles under conditions simulating those in workplaces. This project will also provide data on the impermeability of several of these materials to certain nanoparticles, which will lead to the formulation of preliminary recommendations on the choice of gloves protecting against risks of exposure. This knowledge will provide a basis for the creation of materials offering increased resistance to nanoparticle penetration under typical conditions of workplace use. It will also promote the acquisition of expertise in the new field of protection against nanoparticles.



IRSST publications


Dolez, Patricia; Vinches, Ludwig; Perron, Gérald; Vu-Khanh, Toan; Plamondon, Philippe; L'Espérance, Gilles; Wilkinson, Kevin; Cloutier, Yves; Dion, Chantal; Truchon, Ginette
Development of a Method of Measuring Nanoparticle Penetration through Protective Glove Materials under Conditions Simulating Workplace Use
Studies and Research Projects / Report  R-785, Montréal, IRSST, 2013, 124 pages. Free download   More Info


Dolez, Patricia; Vinches, Ludwig; Perron, Gérald; Vu-Khanh, Toan; Plamondon, Philippe; L'Espérance, Gilles; Wilkinson, Kevin; Cloutier, Yves; Dion, Chantal; Truchon, Ginette
Développement d'une méthode de mesure de la pénétration des nanoparticules à travers les matériaux de gants de protection dans des conditions simulant l'utilisation en milieu de travail   (Development of a method of measuring nanoparticle penetration through glove materials under conditions simulating workplace use)
Études et recherches / Rapport  R-734, Montréal, IRSST, 2012, 127 pages. Free download   More Info

Scientific publications and communications


Dolez P.,  Vinches L.,  Wilkinson K.,  Plamondon P.,  Vu-Khanh T. 
Development of a test method for the evaluation of the efficiency of protective gloves against nanoparticles in conditions simulating occupational use
Journal of Physics: conference Series, vol. 304, no 1, 2011, paper 012066.

Dolez P.,  Vinches L.,  Vu-Khanh T.,  Wilkinson K.,  Plamondon P. 
Development of a test method for the evaluation of the efficiency of protective gloves against nanoparticles in conditions simulating occupational use
in NanoSafe 2010 (November 16-18, 2010 : Grenoble, France), 2010.

Dolez P. ,  Bodila N.,  Lara J. ,  Truchon G.  
Équipements de protection personnelle contre les nanoparticules: que choisir?
Travail et santé, vol. 25, no 2, 2009, p. 44-49.

Vinches L.,  Dolez P.,  Vu-Khanh T. 
Study of the penetration of TiO2 nanoparticles through nitrile and butyl rubber protective gloves
in International Conference on Nanotechnology. Funcamentals and Applications / ICNFA 2011, (2nd : July 27-29, 2011 : Ottawa, Canada), 2011.

Vinches L.,  Dolez P.,  Vu-Khanh T. 
Étude de l'interaction des nanoparticules avec les membranes polymères pour application aux gants de protection
in Curiosité diversité responsabilité : Congrès de l'Association francophone pour le savoir / ACFAS (79e : 9-13 mai, 2011 : Sherbrooke, Canada), 2011.

Vinches L.,  Dolez P.,  Vu-Khanh T. 
Étude de la pénétration des nanoparticules à travers les membranes polymères pour application aux gants de protection
in Symposium Canada-Brésil sur la nanotoxicologie (7-9 février, 2011 : Montréal, Canada), 2011.

Vinches L.,  Dolez P. I.,  Vu-Khanh T. 
Étude de l'intéraction des nanoparticules avec les membranes polymères pour application aux gants de protection
in Découvrir aujourd'hui ce que sera demain : Congrès de l'Association francophone pour le savoir / ACFAS (78e : 10-14 mai, 2010 : Montréal, Canada), 2010.

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