Integrating LCA and EHS expertise in the assessment of nanoparticles

Stig Irving Olsen, Steve Hankin, Qasim Chaudry

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    Abstract

    DTU with their expertise in LCA have joined forces with IOM in two nanotechnology-related projects, one of which additionally involves and is lead by FERA. The first project, Nancore, includes the evaluation of health risks and environmental impacts over the life cycle concurrently with the development of new production technology for lightweight materials used in e.g. wind turbine blades. As the new technology involves the use of nanoparticles, the health and safety workpackage is needed to examine the potential exposure and effects of these particles. An LCA is also performed to evaluate the overall environmental impacts of the technology. Through the concurrent assessments, the strengths of the two tools are combined to provide a more qualified assessment of both the health and safety aspects and the life cycle impacts. The overall aim of the second project, sponsored by Defra, is to identify products containing CNT and evaluate the potential for inhalation exposure of a representative subset of products. As part of this study, we are investigating how a standardized Life Cycle Assessment can contribute to the analysis. Simplified LCAs will be performed for a few products. In particular, the issue of improving the estimates of health impacts across the life cycle, through the concurrent exposure and health effect analysis, will be addressed. The presentation will introduce the approach underpinning our approach in the Nancore project and present preliminary results from the second project.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2009
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event1st NanoImpactNet Conference for a Healthy Environment in a Future with Nanotechnology - Lausanne, Switzerland
    Duration: 23 Mar 200927 Mar 2009

    Conference

    Conference1st NanoImpactNet Conference for a Healthy Environment in a Future with Nanotechnology
    CountrySwitzerland
    CityLausanne
    Period23/03/200927/03/2009

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