The development of nanomaterials is a particularly exciting area of science and industry. However a lack of information existed about the risk posed by the nanoparticles to human health and the environment.
Surveys have indicated that nanotechnology industry workers have the potential to be exposed to NMs, and several studies have determined representative values of airborne NMs in the worker environment due to the ability of the NMs to be easily dispersed as a dust or an airborne spray or droplets, resulting in greater worker exposure.
The LIFE NanoRisk project has been working to improve understanding of the risks associated with the release of ENMs to the environment by the polymer nanocomposite industry and identifying the most appropriate prevention and protection measures.
One of the main results is this Guideline on recommended measures and controls for mitigating and control the risk posed by ENMs addresses research institutions, SME industries and large companies, providing recommendations for good occupational health and safety measures following a precautionary approach.
NanoRisk is partly funded by the European Commission LIFE+ with
grant agreement LIFE12 ENV/ES/000178
On June 15, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) posted a number of Program Performance One-Pagers (PPOP) stating that the NTRC focuses on increasing understanding of hazards and related health risks to workers who make and use nanomaterials and preventing occupational exposures to nanomaterials. The PPOP includes the following future NIOSH actions:Read more...