The LIFE NanoRISK project is focused on the evaluation of the effectiveness of common risk management measures (RMMs) to prevent or minimize exposure to engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) during the specific workplace situations of the polymer nanocomposite industry, as well as to support standardization activities concerning the certification of the adequacy of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Engineering Controls (ECs) to protect workers from the risk posed by use of ENMs.

The achievement of these objectives will promote the protection of environment and health from risks posed by ENMs, providing regulators and the industry with new and reliable data to complete the chemical safety assessment as defined by REACH regulation, where information on the levels of the exposure and efficiency of RMMs is of prime importance to determine if the use of a substance, in this case ENMs, is safe.

 

In detail, and considering the role of REACH regulation and the LIFE+ priorities, the specific objectives of the project are:

·   To support the Library on RMM (RMM library) developed within the REACH Implementation Projects with quantified data on the effectiveness of personal protective equipment (PPE), engineering techniques and organizational measures;

·      To develop an aerosol testing chamber prototype to evaluate and demonstrate the performance of the RMM at laboratory scale;

·      To improve the knowledge base on the parameters that determine the exposure to ENMs at industrial scale;

·      To enhance the knowledge base on the potential releases of ENMs to air, soil and water from industrial facilities on a life cycle basis;

·      To analyze the adequacy of current international standards (ISO /CEN /ASTM) to evaluate the effectiveness of PPE and collective protection measures;

·      To improve the knowledge on the likely Exposure Scenarios in the nanocomposite industry;

·      To support the hazard and exposure characterization for ENMs with the aim to support the industry in carrying out their Chemical Safety Assessment (CSA) as stated by REACH;

·      To disseminate the project results for a large community of SMEs and potential stakeholders;

·      To support the monitoring of REACH compliment and its impact on risk mitigation and prevention of pollution posed by NMs