The development of nanomaterials is a particularly exciting area of science and industry. However a lack of information exists 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 aims to minimise environmental, health and safety (EHS) risks from exposure to engineered nanomaterials (ENMs). It hopes to do this by improving 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.
NanoRisk is partly funded by the European Commission LIFE+ with
grant agreement LIFE12 ENV/ES/000178
A new study published by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that there is "no causes for significant environmental concerns regarding nanomaterials." Four additional studies from the agency are published this month examining environmental, health and safety effects of nanomaterials.Read more...