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Safe Nano Worker Exposure Scenarios

Safe Nano Worker Exposure Scenarios

Objective

The main goal of Sanowork project is to identify a safe occupational exposure scenario by exposure
assessment in real conditions and at all stages of nanomaterials (NM) production, use and disposal.
In order to address this and more specifically the issues introduced by NMP.2011.1.3-2 call, we intend to:
1. contain hazard and worker exposure potential by developing exposure mitigation strategy based on
‘‘Prevention through Design’’ approach.
2. implement a rigorous exposure assessment in the workplace in order to evaluate the effectiveness of existing and proposed exposure reduction strategies.
3. 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.
4. 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 will be applied to nanomaterial properties. The following
“representative” pool of NM and nanoproducts have been selected: TiO2 and Ag (ceramic or textile
photocatalytic/antibacterial surfaces); CNTs (polymeric nanocomposites); organic/inorganic nanofibers
(nanostructured membranes for water depuration system). The strategy is addressed to mitigate risk by
decreasing adverse health hazard and emission potential of nanomaterials, 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, will allow to evaluate the effectiveness of existing and proposed exposure reduction strategies. The cooperation with industrial key partners such as Plasmachem, Elmarco, GEA Niro, Colorobbia,Bayer will guarantee an accurate exposure assessment in the workplace.
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Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Address

Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 536 651

Administrative Contact

Anna Luisa Costa (Dr.)

Participants (12)

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INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 201 597

PLASMACHEM PRODUKTIONS- UND HANDEL GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 210 255

ELMARCO SRO

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 209 291

GEA PROCESS ENGINEERING AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 100 960

COLOROBBIA ITALIA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 157 200

BAYER TECHNOLOGY SERVICES GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 97 435

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DES RISQUES INERIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 446 441

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 350 240

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 298 860

UNIVERSITA DI PISA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 290 760

ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 489 220

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE ASSICURAZIONE INFORTUNI SUL LAVORO INAIL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 20 275

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 280716

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2012

  • End date

    28 February 2015

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 787 694,70

  • EU contribution

    € 3 409 185

Coordinated by:

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy