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CERASAFE – Safe production and use of nanomaterials in the ceramic industry

CERASAFE aims to assess and improve environmental health and safety (EHS) in the ceramic industry. The project’s objective is to study industrial processes and activities, which may generate nanoparticle emissions into workplace air, and to assess worker exposure by evaluating the particle release processes, characterizing the particles emitted, and understanding their toxicity. Finally, mitigation measures to minimize exposure will be proposed.

CERASAFE will also develop a tool to discriminate engineered nanoceramic particles from background aerosols, thus innovating in the field of characterisation methods relevant for EHS. The project will establish a set of Good Manufacturing and Use Practices for nanoceramic materials. Results will be collected in a public database complemented with risk assessment and including recommendations for industry, users and stakeholders to ensure the safe production process for nanoceramic materials.

Project Website:www.cerasafe.eu

Grant Number: ERA-Net SIINN
Duration: 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2018

Project Lead

Dr. Mar Viana, Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA), Spanish Research Council (CSIC)

Project Partners

Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA), Spanish Research Council (CSIC)
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University Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca (RO)
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Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (ISEL), University of Lisbon, Lisbon (PT)
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Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Nova University of Lisbon (FCT NOVA), Lisbon (PT)
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Institute of Ceramics Technology (ITC), University Jaume I (UJI), Castellón (SP)
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National Health Institute Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA), Porto (PT)
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University Littoral Côte d'Opale (LPCA), Dunkerque (FR)



  • Viana M., Fonseca A.S., Querol X., Lopez-Lilao A., Carpio P., Salmatonidis A., Monfort E. (2017). Workplace exposure and release of ultrafine particles during atmospheric plasma spraying in the ceramic industry. Sci Total Environ, 599-600 2065-2073.
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