During the morning of the 26th January 2022 in the Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica (ITC-AICE) took place a meeting about the LIFE NANOHEALTH European Project funded by the LIFE Program Environment and Resource Efficiency of the European Commission (ref: LIFE20 ENV/ES/000187). Its objective is to improve the labor health of those working people in industrial environments being exposed to nanoparticles.
This project coordinated by ITC-AICE involves participation of Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, UNIMAT Prevención, Urban Air Purifier, Cerámica Saloni and Talleres Mecánicos Comas. It has also received the advice of Zabala Innovation, a leading international consulting in innovation management dedicated to the comprehensive management of ID subsides and projects.
In addition, it also involves advice of public administrations and institutions such as Instituto Nacional de Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo (INSST), Institut Valencià de Seguretat I Salut en el Treball (INVASSAT) as well as the European level cluster Nanosafety.
Some industrial working places are exposed to significant nanoparticles concentrations coming from several highly energetic points (some non-studied yet) which can create health problems to those workers. Therefore, LIFE NANOHEALTH sees the need to implement experimental measures to support the health risk evaluation, having as main goal to reduce the occupational exposure to nanoparticles in industrial environments.
This main objective is divided into some more specific ones going from the scientific-technical framework to the legal framework.
Among other actions, it is highlighted the creation of an air purifier (NANOHEALTH PURIFIER) for industrial areas which works under real operating conditions and will allow us to achieve microenvironments with a reduction of a minimum of 90% of the nanoparticles emissions. In addition, it will be designed a NANOHEALTH TOOL which will allow to choose among several corrective measures to minimize people exposition at least 75%.
Furthermore, a NANOHEALTH SERVICE will be designed and applied to 7 industrial plants to verify its efficiency and validity.
The LIFE NANOHEALTH project with a budget of 1,533,563€ and 55% cofinanced by the European Commission would be concluded in 2024.