NIVA course: Safety and Risks of Engineered Nanomaterials (ENM)

Engineered nanomaterials offer enormous potential in many areas of technology. The safety of ENM is the key to the success of the industry, because without customers’ confidence, nanotechnology has no future.

Main topics

  • Characteristics of ENM
  • Exposure to ENM
  • Health effects of ENM
  • Risk assessment of ENM
  • Risk management of ENM

Course leaders

  • Professor Ulla Birgitte Vogel, National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Danish Centre for Nanosafety
  • Professor Kai Savolainen, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Nanosafety research centre

 Time and place

25. – 27. October 2016 at Imperial Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark

Registration deadline 21 August 2016

More information, program and registration

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Nanotech France 2016

Nanotech France 2016

The largest European Event in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology will be held in Paris, France from the 1st to 3rd June 2016.

It’s expected that the event gathers more than 800 participants from academia, industry, investment companies, etc. to present and discuss the latest developments on nanotechnology.

Four conferences, an international exhibition, an industrial forum and a brokerage event will be held under the same roof:

Key Dates

  • January 28th, 2016: Abstract Submission Deadline
  • February 26th, 2016: Early bird conference registration fees rate deadline
  • June 24th, 2016: Conference proceeding and journal papers submission deadline

More information on this website Nanotech France 2016

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Working Safely with Nanomaterials in Construction – webinar

Webinar Wednesday, Septeber 23rd at 2:00pm

Presented by: Bruce Lippy, Director, Safety Research at CPWR and Gavin West, Research Analyst at CPWR

This 20-minute webinar followed by a Q&A session will cover CPWR’s research efforts to identify nanomaterials used in construction and to measure worker exposures during routine construction tasks. Bruce Lippy will discuss what is known about the types of exposures in construction and the effectiveness of control technologies and respiratory protection against nanoparticles.

Gavin West will discuss trends in nano-enabled products and demonstrate the CPWR website, eLCOSH Nano, that contains over 450 products and numerous relevant documents.

We encourage you to send questions in advance of the webinar to Blippy@cpwr.com.

Read more and register

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NANOSAFE Conference 2014

Oral presentations from the NANOSAFE Conference 2014 are now available on the website.

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ECHA forced to “run before they can walk”

The European Chemicals Agency, ECHA, is forced to “run before they can walk.” There is an urgent need to define the methods and technical guidance for identifying, characterizing and assessing the risks of nanomaterials. This was the conclusion that came out of the recent ECHA Topical Scientific Workshop on Regulatory Challenges in Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials held in Helsinki on 23th and 24th October, 2014. Senior researcher Keld Alstrup Jensen (NRCWE) and Associate professor Steffen Foss Hansen (DTU Environment) were invited to participate.

It is expected that many nanomaterials will be subject to REACH registration by 2018. REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals and is the chemical legislation of the European Union. The European Chemical Agency is preparing for the next and final wave of industrial chemical registrations required for chemicals produced or imported in volumes exceeding 1 metric ton. It is expected that many nanomaterials (e.g. particles, flakes, fibers, nanotubes) will be registered in this round of small- to medium volume productions.

Therefore ECHA is working and discussing with scientists, standardization bodies and stakeholders to clarify:

  • how they can ensure that nanomaterials are identified and registered specifically as planned
  • what specific evidence ECHA may ask for when it comes to nanoparticle properties
  • which (new) methods are to be used when it comes to characterization
  • potentially new methods, that ECHA should ask the producers to apply to any risk assessment.

These themes were the main elements of the presentations and discussions which took place between, inter alia, employees of regulatory bodies in Europe, Canada and the United States, stakeholders from industry, researchers and employees in the standardization organizations at the meeting in Helsinki. Senior researcher Keld Alstrup Jensen (NRCWE) and Associate professor Steffen Foss Hansen (DTU Environment) both partners in the Danish NanoSafety Centre attended the meeting giving an oral presentation and several posters providing input on solutions and new methods that can bring us towards a safer implementation of industrial nanotechnology.

ECHA has a tremendous task ahead of them getting their technical guidance documents in place and being ready for start in 2016 in order to enable the industry to categorize and report nanomaterials and perform adequate naomaterial risk assessments. Fulfilling the regulatory needs for new methods and revision of risk assessment approaches has only reached focused attention within the last few years. Although several projects now focus on this problem, the action is late. It appears to be more than a challenge to consider even all main aspects and to establish validated procedures and methods for the start of the next registration period. Consequently, ECHA is forced to learn “how to run before they can walk”.

Presentations from Denmark

Steffen Foss Hansen is a member of ECHA’s Expert NanoMaterial Working Group (NMWG) and was invited to attend the meeting because of his general expertise in regulation and his previous involvement in the REACH Implementation Project 1, 2 and 3, which were part of ECHA’s first work on identification of the weaknesses in existing chemical detection and risk assessment methods. Steffen Foss Hansen presented a poster on the Danish database of consumer products based on nanomaterials in the EU and NANORISKCAT, which is a screening and risk assessment tool developed in collaboration between DTU and NRCWE in the Danish NanoSafety Centre.

Keld Alstrup Jensen was invited because of his expertise in nanomaterials characterization and risk assessment. He was invited to give a presentation on the EU FP7 NANoREG project in general as well as

  1. the first results from his work-package in the project where methods for identification and categorization of nanomaterials are developed to comply with the EU-proposal for a regulatory definition of manufactured nanomaterials and
  2. standardized dispersing protocols and minimum characterization requirements with the aim to harmonize the exposure and exposure characterization in the toxicological studies of the project.

In addition to the lecture, he contributed with two posters from the work completed in the Danish NanoSafety Centre. A poster on NanoSafer – a tool for identifying of handle possible risks associated with the production and use of nanomaterials and one poster on two methods that NRCWE has developed for measuring nanoparticle solubility and their pH – and oxidative reactivity of synthetic biological fluids and cell media . Finally, he presented a poster from the work in NANoREG, on a proposal for revision of material categorization procedure in REACH to enable better identification of chemically modified nanomaterials for risk assessment.

The entire program and all presentations from the meeting can be viewed via this link: ECHA website.

See the poster presentations presented by the participants from The Danish Nanosafety Centre:

 

 

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NIVA course on Engineered Nanomaterial

10 – 12 November 2014 NIVA Education is hosting the course ‘Safety and Risks of Engineered Nanomaterial (ENM)’, at Copenhagen Island Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark

You can read more about the course and register at the NIVA webpage

Deadline for registration: 30 September 2014

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Carbon nanotubes subject for visit from Japan

Professor Shuji Tsuruoka besøger NFA, november 2013. Foto: Anne-Mette Holm, NFANovember 2013 Professor Shuji Tsuruoka, Shinshu University in Nagano, Japan, visited The National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Copenhagen, Denmark to discuss ongoing research.

During his visit he gave a lecture on the physic-chemical properties of carbon nanotubes and their relation to health effects. Photo: Anne-Mette Holm, NRCWE.

Read more sbout professor Shuji Tsuruokas scientific work.

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