Nanosafety - challenge of nowadays
|Anna Swiderska-Sroda 1, Joanna Sobczyk 1, Witold Łojkowski 1,2|
1. Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of High Pressure Physics (UNIPRESS), Sokolowska 29/37, Warszawa 01-142, Poland
The influence of nanomaterials, especially nanoparticles, on environment and human health is still an open question. It is supposed that contact with nanopowders by inhalation, skin exposure or swallowing may be dangerous and can cause hazardous health damages like mutations and high level of free radicals. That is why so big attention is paid to elaboration and application of very strict rules of handling and dealing with nanoparticles. For instance precaution principles concern special equipment like: masks with fiber filters, gloves, glasses, special overalls and shoes. Also working conditions have to secure personal safety by using of ventilating hoods, filters, nanopowders storage in colloidal suspension.
It should be stressed that materials characterization it is an essential step for nanoparticles final recognision as well as for elaboration of nano-safety principles. In Labotatory of Nanostructures for Photonic and Medicine of Institute of High Pressure Physics PAS, wide and professional characterization of nanopowders is performed using novel equipment which was bought thanks to participation in large EU projects like CEPT. Due to our experience in working with nanomaterials and great potential in materials characterization we participate in the international projects concerning nano-safety problems. At present we take a part in European projects; NanoFate (nanoparticles fate in environment) and NanoForce (legal regulations as REACH, concerning rules of safety dealing with chemical substances and human health protection).
Presentation: Poster at Warsaw and Karlsruhe Nanotechnology Day, by Anna Swiderska-Sroda
See On-line Journal of Warsaw and Karlsruhe Nanotechnology Day
Submitted: 2011-09-18 00:09 Revised: 2011-09-26 13:57