This Risk Managment Library has been developed with support from the EU’s financial instrument LIFE, in particular under the LIFE environmental policy and governance programme, being part of the scheduled suite of tools developed within the project. The main purpose of the tool is to assists companies in the selection of adequate and experience based personal protective equipment (PPE) and engineering controls (EC) fo  preventing exposure to nanomaterials and release in the workplace.    
                                   
From a regulatory point of view, and considering the LIFE + priorities, the project supports the implementation of the EC regulation 1907/2006 REACH, which plays a central role to ensure  the protection of environment and health from risk posed by emerging chemicals such as enginnered nanomaterials (ENMs) to the extent that the responsible of the commercialization of substances, in whatever size, shape or physical state, must evaluate the environmental, health and safety (EHS) risk across the product life-cycle, reporting to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the necessary measures to achieve an acceptable level of risk on the basis of the risk characterization process.       
                                 
"REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. REACH applies to all chemical substances in whatever size, shape or physical state manufactured or imported into the EU in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year. It applies to all individual chemical substances on their own, in preparations or in articles (if the substance is intended to be released during normal and reasonably foreseeable conditions of use from an article).

A major part of REACH is the requirement for manufacturers or importers of substances to register them. Registration is a requirement on industry (manufacturers/importers) to collect and collate specified sets of information on the properties of those substances they manufacture or supply at or above 1 tonne per year. This information is used to perform an assessment of the hazards and risks that a substance may pose and how those risks can be controlled. This information and its assessment is submitted to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Registration in therefore a key issue within REACH, where companies must identify and manage the risks linked to the substances they manufacture and market in the EU, as well as to demonstrate how the substance can be safely used implementing adequate risk management measures (RMMs)."                                       
"This Risk Management Library is offered as a tool to support the selection of adequate and experience based personal protective equipment (PPE) and engineering controls (EC) for preventing exposure to nanomaterials and release in the workplace. The current version of the tool provides data on the effectiveness of common Engineering Controls, Administrative Controls and Personal Protective Equipment when dealing with ENMs under a wide range of operations and processes, ranging from lab scale activities to industrial proccesses.

Subsequent assessment of achieved effectiveness values should not be undertaken without expert judgement. The Library does not substitute expert knowledge in the field of safety and occupational or environmental hygiene, as false application of measures could lead to an assumed safety thus generating dangerous situations down the supply chain."                                       
"Further information of specific topics of the tool and/or details on project outcomes can be requested directly contacting the project coordinationn office

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