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NanoSafer is a combined control-banding and risk management tool that enables assessment of the risk level and recommended exposure control associated with production and use of manufactured nanomaterials (e.g., nanoparticles, nanoflakes, nanofibers, and nanotubes) in specific work scenarios. In addition to manufactured nanomaterials, the tool can also be used to assess and manage emissions from nanoparticle-forming processes.

NB! October 2, 2019 a revision has been made to the handling energy factors and the precautionary exposure scaling. Further changes may occur in algorithms that can cause changes in assessments as compared to the orignal version 1.1beta. The further development are from revisions and testing funded by Danish NanoSafety Centre 2 and the EU H2020 caLIBRAte project (www.nanocalibrate.eu).

NB! NanoSafer v. 1.1beta is under further development. Changes will occur over the next months. Changes may also occur in algorithms that can cause changes in assessments as compared to the current version. The further development are from revisions and testing funded by Danish NanoSafety Centre 2 and the EU H2020 caLIBRAte project (www.nanocalibrate.eu).

We will notify you here on the front page if changes to algorithms occur!
Please send us feed-back if you observe system errors or have ideas for improving the functionalities of the web-tool.

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ABOUT

NanoSafer is a combined control-banding and risk management tool that enables assessment of the risk level and recommended exposure control associated with production and use of manufactured nanomaterials (e.g., nanoparticles, nanoflakes, nanofibers, and nanotubes) in specific work scenarios. In addition to manufactured nanomaterials, the tool can also be used to assess and manage emissions from nanoparticle-forming processes.

Disclaimer
It should be noted that the NanoSafer output consist of an automated scaling of potential risks and provide risk management recommendations considering user-dependent input. The National Research Centre for the Working Environment and other contributors as well as the program developers are not liable for any damage to humans or material or loss of income that would arise as a result of the assessments provided using NanoSafer. The outcome must be considered as a guide, but the final responsibility belongs to the safety managers using the results.

Data requirement

The procedure requires information from:

  • suppliers technical data sheet
  • safety data sheet delivered with the material (nearest analogue bulk material or a nanospecific version)
  • occupational exposure limit for respirable dust (nearest analogue bulk material or a nanospecific version)
  • data on the work situation
  • data on the workplace

Please see the quick guide [link to quick guide]

Input data are stored in confidential personal files so it can only be reused by the same user. Data is only available with the selected log-in and password.

Inspiration for risk management

In the menu “Inspiration” NanoSafer offers inspiration on controlling the exposure to nanomaterials from principles in the control hierarchy and from various real-case observations from industry and laboratories. There is also a detailed report on manufactured nanomaterials with more elaborate description of manufactured nanomaterials, their observed toxicology and observed exposures in the workplace.

Development and Funding

NanoSafer is maintained by the National Research Centre for the Working Environment.

NanoSafer v 1.0 was developed by the National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, DENMARK and the Danish Technological Institute, Høje Taastrup, DENMARK. for Industriens Branchearbejdsmiljøråd og Branchearbejdsmiljørådet for Undervisning og Forskning.

NanoSafer v 1.1beta was a revision of v. 1.0 and is developed by the National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen supported by the Danish Nanosafety Centre funded by the Danish Work Environment Research Fund (2012 - 2016) and the Danish Government (2015 - 2019) and test experiences achieved in the EU FP7 projects ENPRA, NANOSUSTAIN, HINAMOX, and SUN.

Extensive further development and testing, including performance testing is ongoing as part of the EU H2020 caLIBRAte project (2016 - 2019). Resulting potential modifications and testing on in progress. Accepted changes and modifications is expected for implementation in October 2019.

Link to change log [under development - coming soon]

CONTACT

If you have a question regarding NanoSafer, please contact us.

National Research Centre for the Working Environment
Lersø Parkallé 105
DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø

kaj@arbejdsmiljoforskning.dk