Ohs Risk Associated with Planned Adaptation of Carbon Nanotubes in Manufacturing Process

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QEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
CONTEMPORARY RISK MANAGEMENT PUN001

OHS risk associated with planned adaptation of carbon nanotubes in manufacturing process

BRISBANE

2013

Table of contents
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Introduction ....................................................................................................................... 3 Establishing the context .................................................................................................... 3 2.1 2.2 2.3 External context Internal context Criteria of of risk calculation 3 4 4

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Risk Assessment ............................................................................................................... 5 3.1 3.2 3.3 Risk Identification Risk Analysis Risk Evaluation 5 6 8

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Risk Mitigation Options .................................................................................................... 9 Communication and consultation...................................................................................... 10 Monitoring & review......................................................................................................... 11 Conclusion ........................................................................................................................ 12

References ( QUT APA ) .............................................................................................................. 12

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Issue: 01

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Date: 28/03/2013

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Jakub Owczarek

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Introduction

Nanotechnology has emerged at the forefront of technology development and science research. Carbon nanotubes (CNT) are so far best known element of that modern technology. They divide in to SWCNT (single walled) and MWCNT (multi walled). Carbon nanotubes are nanofibres, eighter straight fibres or bundles (1-100nm). Their consistency is grapheme – single layered carbon atoms in a structure of honeycomb. CNT's may contain impurities of metal or be pure carbon. They are very good electricity and heat conductors, can be elastic or stiff and are very light while a hundred times stronger than hardened steel. The potential risks from exposure to CNT's have been described in recent view of toxicology and health hazards driving from nanomaterials commissioned by Safe Work Australia *Toxikos (2009). Engineered nanomaterials: A review of the toxicology and health hazards

This report relates specifically to the possibility of implementation of Carbon nanotubes in the production process carried out by this organisation – threats and opportunities that follow. It also aims at minimising the first by implementing sufficient procedures.

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Establishing the context

There are several factors that need to be taken under consideration if an organisation plans to implement CNT technology in production of its products.

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External context

 Hazards and threats coming out of exposure to CNT are not yet fully determined. Organisation may suffer from future damage to it's image and possible compensations  Technology is still new and costly  Difficulties with disposal and potential danger to environment  Doubts and hesitation from potential recipients of the product / subcontractors who may not be ready for this technology

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Issue: 01

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Date: 28/03/2013

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Jakub Owczarek

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 Potential shift in public/political view on CNT's (if any new threat / hazard discovered)  Additional investment – potential withhold of dividend pay outs to stakeholders

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Internal context

 Changes in organisational structure. Potential lay-offs in workforce.  Drawing up new policies, objectives and strategies  Changes in contractual relationships – new suppliers and recipients  New marketing strategy  Investments in know-how  Investments in environmentally friendly disposal  Increased capabilities and knowledge  Need of new...
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