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Portable Real Time Detection of Airborne Asbestos Fibres for Tradespersons

Objective

Asbestos-related diseases are the leading cause of occupational death in Europe. 500,000 European workers, mostly within the construction, demolition and remediation industries, are expected to die by 2030. Despite a ban on asbestos use, our members’ workers are continually exposed to this potent, invisible carcinogen from legacy products such as insulation, water tanks, ceiling panels, floor tiles and textured wall coverings. We feel that this level of risk is completely unacceptable for our members and must be addressed. Currently, asbestos is detected by a slow process of air sampling, with samples sent off to a lab and results being returned days later. Not only is this too late to take action, but tests are only performed if asbestos is suspected to be present. There is currently no way to detect asbestos in real-time. The ALERT project will change this. A decade ago, researchers discovered a way to detect asbestos fibres through a light-scattering technique. This work stalled due to technical and cost barriers; barriers we now believe we can overcome. We have assembled a world-leading consortium to extend this early research and develop a low-cost portable detector that can be worn by the worker to continuously monitor their work environment. By developing the ALERT system, we will provide 30 million European workers with a means of detecting asbestos the moment it is disturbed, allowing them to protect themselves and avoid becoming one of the 100,000 people worldwide killed each year by exposure to asbestos.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-2
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF PLUMBING & HEATING ENGINEERING
Address
Station Lane 64
RM12 6NB Essex
United Kingdom
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 361 926
Administrative Contact
Kevin Wellman (Mr.)

Participants (11)

European Demolition Association
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 272 609
Address
Wilhelminalaan 3
3743 DB Baarn
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henriette Thuen (Ms.)
Thermal Insulation Contractors Association
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 320 779
Address
Allington Way 34
DL1 4QB Darlington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ralph Bradley (Mr.)
BRITISH HOME ENHANCEMENT TRADE ASSOCIATION LTD BY GUARANTEE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 246 783
Address
Vyse Street 10
B18 6LT Birmingham
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
David French (Mr.)
KEPAR ELECTRONICA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 242 579
Address
Calle Almendro Malpica 59
50171 Zaragoza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gonzalo Martin (Mr.)
THE SELECT GROUP OF COMPANIES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 262 871
Address
Aspen Way Loribon House
TQ4 7QR Paignton Devon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alan Archer (Mr.)
I.D.E.A. SRL Tecnologie Ambientali
Italy
EU contribution
€ 23 312
Address
Vicolo Anagnino 19
00118 Rome
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francesco Favata (Dr.)
EPLER & LORENZ AS
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 10 539
Address
Ravila 75A
51014 Tartu
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jyri Epler (Mr.)
ZEUS SANIGLAS S.L.

Participation ended

Spain
Address
Ceuta 4
02001 Albacete
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jose Miguel García Segura (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 5 155
Address
College Lane
AL10 9AB Hatfield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Henry Kaye (Prof.)
INSTITUTO DE BIOMECANICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 17 152
Address
Camino De Vera Edificio 9C Universidad Politecnica De Valencia
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Clara Solves Camallonga (Dr.)
THE UK INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 16 730
Address
Pera Business Park Nottingham Road
LE13 0PB Melton Mowbray
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dale Courtman (Mr.)