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Safe production and use of Nanomaterials
NANOSAFE2 starts from the paradigm of risk assessment and risk management, which is used in risk analysis worldwide. In NANOSAFE2 the two different types of risks will be accessed: explosion during manufacturing processes and human health due to nanomaterial exposure. The risk assessments in the project will estimate whether and/or how much damage or injury can be expected from exposures to a given risk agent, and to assist in determining whether these effects are significant enough to require action (modification of production systems, regulations, etc.).
NANOSAFE2 goes beyond classic risk assessment by having a pro-active risk management strategy: choices to be made in order to solve the most vexing problems will be formulated and decision makers, safety regulators and other stakeholders will be involved to formulate preventive measures and guidelines for production processes and safe use.
The different technical subprojects of NANOSAFE2 address the whole items of both risk assessment and risk management.
The first objective consists in developing innovative detection, traceability and characterization techniques for engineered particles in both air and liquid media.
The purpose of NANOSAFE2 is to provide an overview of existing knowledge on human health and nanomaterials and the further development of promising innovative generic techniques.
NANOSAFE2 will collect and process data recorded from different worldwide sources (literature, partners of the project, national and international reports, industrials, other future European projects, etc.) into a database focusing on two aspects: human health effects and techniques to test human health effects due to nanomaterials. An advisory report will be prepared pointing out the key health problems that can rise from exposure to nanomaterials and on the quality of the techniques presented in the database.
Generic techniques in order to screen possible health effects of nanomaterials will also be developed, focusing on general available nanomaterials such as Carbon Nanotubes, Zinc oxide, Carbon black, Crystalline Silica of a size around 50 nm and no larger than 200 nm.
NANOSAFE2 will develop advanced technologies to limit both exposition to nanoparticles in factories and leaks toward environment by designing safe production equipment, handling automation, dynamic confinement, individual protection devices, filtration, etc. New technologies and procedures developed in this program will then be qualified at 3 industrial sites in the frame of the global risk management strategy proposed here.
NANOSAFE2 will evaluate both societal and environmental impacts and contribute indirectly to new legislation and standardization measures relevant for nanoparticles, by involving regulatory bodies (HSL, HVBG-BIA which are members of CEN). This project will insure a large dissemination of knowledge on nanoparticle safety by organizing workshops with world wide standards organizations, promote population awareness, academic and professional training activities.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.