Australia releases health risk assessment and classification of carbon nanotubes

1 November 2012 / Australia

Australia's National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (Nicnas) has released its human health assessment and hazard classification for single- and multi-walled carbon nanotubes. The nanotubes were reviewed not only under Australian rules, but also under the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classification and labelling of chemicals.

Nicnas found that nanotubes should be classified as having “specific target organ toxicity following repeated exposure Category 2” and carry the warning “May cause damage to lungs/respiratory system through prolonged or repeated inhalation exposure” as well as Carcinogen Category 2, “suspected of causing cancer”.

The full reports are available on the Nicnas website.

 
 

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