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Best Practice Guide for Safe Handling and Use of Nanomaterials in Packaging Industries


NanoSafePACK was a 3-year FP7 project, coordinated by Tecni-Plasper S.L., which took place from 2011-2014.

The main aim of the NanoSafePack project was to develop a best practices guide to allow the safe handling and use of nanomaterials in packaging industries, considering integrated strategies to control the exposure to nanoparticles in industrial settings, and provide SMEs with scientific data to minimise and control nanoparticle release and migration from the polymer nanocomposites placed on the market.

To achieve this aim, a complete hazard and exposure assessment was conducted to obtain new scientific data about the safety of polymer composites reinforced using nanometer-sized particles. An evaluation of the effectiveness of risk management measures was also undertaken in order to select and design practical and cost effective strategies for implementation in industrial settings. In addition, a life cycle assessment of nanocomposites was performed, by evaluating their impacts during the processes of manufacture, use and disposal. Results of these studies have been used in combination with state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of nanosafety to inform the development of a "Best Practice Guide for the Safe Handling & Use of Nanoparticles in Packaging Industries".

Primarily intended for use by SMEs and larger companies involved in the manufacture of polymer-based nanocomposites for packaging applications, the Best Practice Guide provides practical advice and recommendations which are easy to understand, use and apply in an industrial setting. This includes technical information concerning the specific applications and properties of nanofillers polymer-based nanocomposites, as well as new scientific knowledge and guidance on environmental, health, and safety issues.

To accompany the full version of Best Practice Guide, a shorter Mini-Guide has also been developed, which is freely available in five languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. The Mini-Guide, which is available to download in English here, provides an overview of:

  • the main benefits of nanotechnology in the packaging industry;
  • the structure and contents of the full version of the Best Practice Guide; and
  • recommendations for the safe handling and use of nanofillers and polymer-based nanocomposites, demonstrated using a number of case studies.

Further information and contact details are provided within the Mini-Guide on how to obtain the full version of the Best Practice Guide.

For further information on NanoSafePACK, please visit the project website, or contact us.

Did you know?

SAFENANO was established in 2006 as a Centre of Excellence in Nanosafety.