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Focus meeting October 2017
”Nanomaterials in the Work Environment”
The focus meeting was arranged by SweNanoSafe in collaboration with the Swedish Work Environment Authority and SwedNanoTech. It brought together around 70 participants from various authorities, business areas and organisations to exchange knowledge and discuss the safe use and handling of nanomaterials in the work environment.
During the day, up-to-date information was presented by experts from the Swedish Chemicals Agency, the Swedish Work Environment Authority, academia and industry. Ulla Vogel from the Danish Centre for Nanosafety, National Research Centre for the Working Environment, and Kai Savolainen from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, presented examples from the safe use of nanomaterials in Denmark and Finland, respectively.
An opportunity was given to discuss hindrances to the safe use and handling of nanomaterials and to identify measures to overcome them. The closing panel discussion focused on some of the key issues that were raised during the day:
- lack of information on the presence of nanomaterials in products and in the work environment,
- safety data sheets lack information that is necessary to perform risk assessments,
- the need for clarifications regarding regulations on nanomaterials, risk management and medical controls in the work environment.
Other areas with needs of further developments were also emphasized during the meeting. These included:
- occupational exposure limits and target values,
- the need for useful guidance documents,
- the need for easy-to-use instruments to measure levels of nanomaterials in the work environment.
The focus meeting was appreciated among the various actors and resulted in a range of suggestions for future measures and activities that will be furthered processed.
Report in Swedish: SweNanoSafe Rapport 2017:3
Links to presentation slides from the meeting
Workshop September 2017
”Nanosafety – how do we secure future nanotechnology?”
Summary of the Swedish report 2017:2
In 2016, the academic research center Swetox was commissioned by the Swedish government to develop a national platform for nanosafety. The Swedish National Platform for Nanosafety, SweNanoSafe, was subsequently launched with the aim to, in cooperation with various stakeholders, ensure knowledge building and exchange on environmental, health and safety issues of nanomaterials. Another important aim is to increase knowledge on hindrances to a safe use and handling of nanomaterials in Sweden.
In September 2017, following an idea from SweNanoSafe’s first conference in March 2017, around forty representatives from various stakeholder groups in Sweden gathered to discuss nanosafety at the workshop entitled “Nanosafety – how do we secure future nanotechnology?”. The workshop provided the first occasion for members of the SweNanoSafe Expert Panel and Cooperation Council to meet.
The overall aim of the workshop was to discuss hindrances to a safe use of nanomaterials and potential actions to overcome these hindrances, on a short to middle term basis, in Sweden. Four major areas were discussed: the working environment, consumer protection, nanomaterials in a life cycle perspective, and innovation and product development. The discussions were based on a bottom-up approach, focusing on hindrances encountered by the participants in their everyday occupational activities. Key issues discussed include lack of information on the presence of nanomaterials in products, waste and the working environment, lack of guidance documents and lack of professionals that can measure the concentrations of nanomaterials in the working environment. In addition, educational activities for different target groups, from consumers to advisors within the eco system of innovation, were discussed.
The report reflects views and ideas voiced at the workshop and may serve as a point of reference for future collaboration between stakeholders and future plans of SweNanoSafe. The next steps for the platform include building a network of nanosafety researchers in Sweden, continuing to map and analyze hindrances to a safe use and handling of nanomaterials, and launching a web portal at www.swenanosafe.se to serve as a source of knowledge within the field of nanosafety in Sweden. Report in Swedish: SweNanoSafe Rapport 2017:2
Nanosafety Conference March 2017
Conference report 2017:1 ”From Research to Regulation”
In March 2017, the Swedish National Platform for Nanosafety, SweNanoSafe, arranged its first conference. The event was organised in collaboration with the Swedish partners of the EU-funded project NANoREG, the Swedish Mistra Environmental Nanosafety Programme and the Swedish Chemicals Agency. Read the conference report SweNanoSafe Report 2017:1.