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Safe Nano Worker Exposure Scenarios


The main goal of Sanowork project, a 3 year FP7 project that took place from 2012-2015, was to identify a safe occupational exposure scenario by exposure assessment in real conditions and at all stages of nano-materials (NM) production, use and disposal.

In order to address this and more specifically the issues introduced by NMP.2011.1.3-2 call, the project consortium aimed to:

  • Contain hazard and worker exposure potential by developing exposure mitigation strategy based on Prevention through Design approach.
  • Implement a rigorous exposure assessment in the workplace in order to evaluate the effectiveness of existing and proposed exposure reduction strategies.
  • Perform risk analysis off line and on site in order to identify substance product properties and operational condition that ensure a safer worker exposure scenario.
  • Assess COST/EFFICIENCY of the proposed strategies on the basis of risk analysis results, materials/properties efficiency, risk transfer to insurance underwriter community.
The Sanowork proposed risk remediation strategy was applied to nano-material properties.The following representative pool of NM and nano-products were selected: TiO2 and Ag (ceramic or textile photocatalytic/antibacterial surfaces); CNTs (polymeric nano-composites); organic/inorganic nano-fibers (nano-structured membranes for water depuration system). The strategy was addressed to mitigate risk by decreasing adverse health hazard and emission potential of nano-materials, setting back processes of transport to the point of entry.

A sound balance between exposure and health hazards data, before and after the introduction of existing and proposed risk remediation strategies, allowed evaluation of the effectiveness of existing and proposed exposure reduction strategies. The cooperation with industrial key partners such as Plasmachem, Elmarco, GEA Niro, Colorobbia and Bayer provided an accurate exposure assessment in the workplace.

For further information on Sanowork, please visit the European Commision Community Research and Development Infromation Service, or contact us.

Did you know?

TiO2 is used in a range of consumer products, including sunscreens, cosmetics, and paints.