Conceptual Framework - Hazard Assessment of Nanomaterials Using Bayesian Network
Mardhati Zainal Abidin, Risza Rusli and Norsuzieanah Halil
Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology, Volume 28, Issue S1, December 2020
Published: 16 September 2020
The development and application of advanced materials i.e. nanomaterials are important for the technology revolution and economic progress of the country. However, the potential health risk arising from nanomaterials become a major concern. Given the fact that both particulate and molecular identity of nanomaterials is responsible for the biological effects, the effects of nanomaterial exposure cannot be predicted based on the current understanding of their bulk properties. The lack of nanomaterials data for safety assessment become a major challenge to implement safe work practice at nanomaterials related industries. To resolve the aforementioned problem, a conceptual framework for hazard assessment of nanomaterials is presented in this study. Bayesian Network (BN) is used to support hazard assessment according to the guideline issued by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) Malaysia. The understanding of the hazard is crucial to encourage the development of an action plan to ensure the safety aspect while processing and handling nanomaterials.