Purpose

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Danish Nano Safety Centre has three main purposes:

Research on nanosafety
The Centre will perform research and collect knowledge from the scientific litterature on how the potential adverse effects of  exposure to engineered nanoparticles and nanomaterials. The Centre’s research will cover the following areas:

  • Physical/chemical characterization of nanoparticles
  • Measurement and modelling of exposures to nanoparticles
  • Studies of the toxicological properties of inhaled nanoparticles – including studies of the underlying mechanisms of action
  • Development of methods for risk assessment and risk management
  • The use of these various, specific exposure scenarios.

The research will contribute to all stages of a risk assessment of the use and handling nanoparticles in the workplace.

Furthermore, the Centre will assist in developing models that make it possible to predict the toxic properties of new types of nanoparticles. The models will be based on information on the physicochemical properties of the nanoparticles and knowledge of underlying toxicological mechanisms of action. The Centre will also develop a tool for managing risks of nanoparticles. The tool will also be designed to predict the efficiency of personal protective equipment and ventilation to prevent exposure to nanoparticles in the workplace.

Overview of the latest international knowledge on nano safety
The Centre will contribute to a strong scientific Danish participant in international research collaborations and expert groups on nano safety. This will ensure that the researchers gain early access to the latest knowledge on nano safety.

Specific user-oriented risk assessments
The Centre will use the latest knowledge to carry out specific risk assessments targeting Danish companies. The Centre will ensure that Danish enterprises have easy access to a comprehensive assessment of the risks already when they plan to use nanoparticles in their products and manufacturing processes.