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The LIFE NANOHEALTH project aims to reduce occuptional exposure to process generated nanoparticles (PGNPs) from critical permanently releasing industrial processes by optimizing the performance of Risk Management Measures (RMMs) in indoor exposure scenarios.

ITC-AICE welcomes the advancements in occupational health with LIFE NANOHEALTH

PRESS RELASE-21/06/22

  • The consortium of the project LIFE NANOHEALTH gathers in the Institute of Ceramic Technology (ITC-AICE) to check the advancements realised during the project

Castellón, 21/06/2022. The consortium of the project LIFE NANOHEALTH, coordinated and lead by ITC-AICE, have gathered in the premises of the Institute of Ceramic Technology (ITC-AICE) on the 21st of June, the main objective of the meeting was to perform a follow up on the advancement of the project and to share the different actions performed by the members of the consortium, attending this meeting was also the person designated by the EU as project monitor. The project monitor was able to check the advancements, if the was developing at a correct pace and also to plan for future actions.

LIFE NANOHEALTH, with reference LIFE 20 ENV/ES/000187, has the support and financing of the European Union LIFE Program, the main focus of the project resides in ensuring the occupational health of industrial workers who could be exposed to nanoparticles.

In the meeting have participated: IDAEA-CSIC, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, UNIMAT Prevención y the companies Urban Air Purifier, Cerámica Saloni and Talleres Mecánicos Comas. Zabala Innovation, a consultancy firm leader in the Innovation Management with a main focus on the integral managing of grants and R&D projects, was also present.

 

LIFE NANOHEALTH is a project generated as we become aware that the concentration of nanoparticles, emitted from highly energetic industrial process, are in such quantity that it could be a health risk for the workers and everyone exposed to them. To evaluate this health risk, during these last months, several experimental campaigns have been performed in industrial plants with the objective of characterize chemically, physically, morphologically and toxicology. the nanoparticles emissions. The information gathered during these experimental campaigns will be relevant in the design and fabrication of the NANOHEALTH PURIFIER, an industrial air purifier, the information will also be used to develop the NANOHEALTH TOOL, a tool for management and control, this tool will be used to minimize the impact of the nanoparticles in the health of exposed personnel. Finally, during the project a new service will be created, NANOHEALTH SERVICE, this service will help industrial companies to control and minimize this emerging pollutant as well as provide training for all the personnel that could be exposed to it.

 

The LIFE NANOHEALTH project is identifying all the possible emitting sources and planning several experimental campaigns that will provide relevant information when evaluating occupational health risks The goal of the project is to discern concrete actions to reduce occupational health risks due to nanoparticles in an industrial environment. The LIFE NANOHEALTH project is also elaborating a webpage which will provide a continues stream of advancement and results generated by the project. The webpage will be online soon and we will inform of its availability in due time.

CSIC, Urban Air Purifier and UPC visit TMCOMAS in the LIFE NANOHEALTH project framework.

Last 18th of March IDAEA-CSIC, Urban Air Purifier and UPC represents visited the TMCOMAS facilities as first contact to see the covering areas of thermal spray where the suspended nanoparticles measures for the LIFE NANOHEALTH project will take place.

The visit is included in the B1 activity. This project has as objectives to measure the nanoparticles concentration in industrial environments, to create nanoparticles dispersion models in industrial facilities and to lay the foundation for more specific air purifiers for these suspended nanoparticles.

About the LIFE NANOHEALTH Project

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.
The LIFE NANOHEALTH project with a budget of 1,533,563€ and 55% cofinanced by the European Commission would be concluded in 2024.

ITC-AICE begins LIFE NANOHEALTH to reduce the exposure to nanoparticles in industrial environments

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.

El proyecto LIFE NANOHEALTH está financiado por el Programa LIFE de la Unión Europea con referencia LIFE20 ENV/ES/000187

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