Nanomaterials in industry—How to assess the safety?

Heli Kangas, Marja Pitkänen

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    Nanomaterials have created increased interest in various industrial applications due to their unique properties compared to the same bulk materials. These properties are the result of their physicochemical properties such as small size and high specific surface area. However, while providing novel functions in applications, their interactions with their biological surroundings can be unpredictable and some concern about their safety has been raised. The rapid technological development has also left the legislation lacking behind and currently, there are no binding regulations regarding the safety assessment explicit for nanomaterials. Manufacturers of nanomaterials and products containing thereof are responsible for ensuring their safety. Existing legislation, guidelines, and standards provide a basis for the safety assessment, while published risk assessment protocols provide a tool to evaluate the hotspots and knowledge gaps in the processes involving nanomaterials.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIndustrial Applications of Nanomaterials
    Subtitle of host publicationMicro and Nano Technologies
    EditorsSabu Thomas, Yves Grohens, Yasir Beeran Pottathara
    Pages1 - 27
    Number of pages27
    ISBN (Electronic)978-0-12-815749-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    MoE publication typeD2 Article in professional manuals or guides or professional information systems or text book material


    • safety
    • risk assessment
    • hazard
    • exposure
    • cellulose nanofibril
    • composite
    • food contact material


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