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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.
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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)

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European Demolition Association

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 272 609

Thermal Insulation Contractors Association

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 320 779

BRITISH HOME ENHANCEMENT TRADE ASSOCIATION LTD BY GUARANTEE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 246 783

KEPAR ELECTRONICA SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 242 579

THE SELECT GROUP OF COMPANIES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 262 871

I.D.E.A. SRL Tecnologie Ambientali

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 23 312

EPLER & LORENZ AS

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 10 539

ZEUS SANIGLAS S.L.

Spain

THE UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 5 155

INSTITUTO DE BIOMECANICA DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 17 152

THE UK INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 16 730

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 243496

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    2 August 2010

  • End date

    1 August 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 240 441,20

  • EU contribution

    € 1 780 435

Coordinated by:

THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF PLUMBING & HEATING ENGINEERING

United Kingdom