The LIFE nanoRISK project aims to minimise environmental, health and safety (EHS) risks from exposure to engineered nanomaterials (ENMs). It hopes to do this by improving understanding of the risks associated with the release of ENMs to the environment by the polymer nanocomposite industry and identifying the most appropriate prevention and protection measures. These are the main activities to be completed during this initiative.

1.      Generation of practical information to be used in the context of REACH, including the selection of representative nanoscale materials , the identification of reliable information to evaluate hazard and exposure, as well as the identification of information sources regarding the effectiveness of common Risk Management Measures against nanomaterials , all of them key aspects fort risk assessment purposes on a regulatory basis.

2.      Characterization of standard protocols to support the quantitative evaluation of the effectiveness of workplace controls.

3.      Design and development of an aerosol testing chamber prototype for the for the standardized evaluation of the effectiveness of the working procedures, prevention and protection measures to control the risk posed by engineered nanomaterials.

4.      Generation of reliable data on the airborne behaviour and release ratios of relevant engineered nanomaterials, including new data on their aggregation/agglomeration patterns and deposition factors under the specific operative and environmental conditions of use presented in the nanocomposites production facilities

5.      Promotion of REACH fulfilment by implementing a RMM library containing reliable information on the protection factors of common risk controls against nanomaterials.