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June 22, 2016
 
 
The final Toolkit for the Risk Management of MNMs in the construction sector will be presented et Industrial Technologies 2016. more
 
   
 
 
May 25, 2016
 
 
The Scaffold website has been updated with 4 reports by CEA. more
 
   
 
 
November 6, 2015
 
 
Afnor organized with Scaffold a workshop for management of nanorisk in construction more
 
   
 
 
September 28, 2015
 
 
The Scaffold final newsletter summarizes the results of the projects. more
 
   
 
 
July 15, 2015
 
 
Scaffold Guides, Tools & Reports online !!

Scaffold main outputs are now online, here!

 
   
 
 
April 15, 2015
 
 
Scaffold- Nanomicex - SanoWork joint workshop: Operational occupational Risk Management Models and tools for MNMs in the industry. Find here the Presentations and conclusions. more
 
   
 
 
February 4, 2015
 
 
Scaffold presented its Safe-by-Design concepts at CompIC 2015 (Composites in Construction). more
 
   
 
 
December 10, 2014
 
 
A unique review of the European NanoSafety research and knowledge: current state, perspectives, impacts, by the leaders in the field, coordinators of FP7 projects and Chairmen of the NanoSafety cluster working groups. more
 
   
 
 
April 11, 2014
 
 
Scaffold was present with posters, leaflets and a presentation at the NanoREG workshop. more
 
   
 
 
November 5, 2013
 
 
Standardization: Scaffold has established an offficial Liaison with CEN TC 352. more
 
   
 
 
June 18, 2013
 
 
EuroNanoForum 2013 will take place 18-20 June 2013 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Ireland. more
 
   
 
 
May 8, 2013
 
 

A two-day joint workshop:“Health and Environmental Impact of nano-enabled products along the life cycle, was organized by the coordinators of three European FP7 Projects: NANOPOLYTOX, NANOSUSTAIN and NANOFATE, on the 7th-8th of May 2013 in Barcelona (Spain).

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April 24, 2013
 
 
SCAFFOLD First Annual Progress Meeting

The First Annual Progress Meeting, General Assembly and Steering Committee of the SCAFFOLD project took place in Bilbao, Spain, from April 24 to April 25 2013. All project partners shared their results, assessed the progress of the project, and coordinated their actions for the following year.

 
   
 
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September 28, 2015
The Scaffold final newsletter summarizes the results of the projects. more
Scaffold Guides, Tools & Reports online !!
July 15, 2015

Scaffold main outputs are now online, here!

April 15, 2015
Scaffold- Nanomicex - SanoWork joint workshop: Operational occupational Risk Management Models and tools for MNMs in the industry. Find here the Presentations and conclusions. more
 
 
Concept of the project
 
 
Manufactured nanomaterials and nanocomposites are being considered for various uses in the construction industry and related infrastructure industries, not only for enhancing material properties and functions but also in the context of energy conservation. Despite the current relatively high cost of nano-enabled products, their use in construction materials is likely to increase because of highly valuable properties imparted at relatively low additive ratios, rapid development of new applications and decreasing cost of base MNMs as they are produced in larger quantities.
Recent studies suggested that workers handling with nano-products mostly worked with cement or concrete products, coatings or insulation materials. Other product types, including road‐pavement products, flame retardant materials or textiles, were only indicated by some. However, a survey developed by FIEC and EFBWW (2009) showed that the majority of construction workers and their employers (~75%) are not aware that they work with nano-products.
Occupational exposure to these emerging risks may be accidentally or incidentally produced at different stages of the construction industry life cycle. Due to the novelty, these same nano-products might pose new health and safety risks to the worker on‐site, which scientists are only just starting to understand. Detailed information about the product composition and their possible nano-specific health and safety issues though, is generally lacking and the information available to the raw material manufacturer is often lost while stepping down the user chain. As a consequence, for the average construction company it will be very difficult to conduct a proper risk assessment and organize a safe workplace for its employees.

Despite the potential risks, the use of nano-products in the construction industry is a reality and can be expected to grow in the near future (Technology is always working ahead of risk). Consequently, there is a general uncertainty with respect to health and safety risks and how to properly manage them to protect workers and be in compliance with OHS legislation. This calls for a new approach for dealing with uncertainties, providing construction companies with new strategies, methods and tools to appropriately manage these emerging risks.


 

 
   
 
 
Approach
 
 
SCAFFOLD will collect , review and analyse relevant quantitative and qualitative information and data on current strategies, methods and tools for workers protection against MNMs (WP1), in order to identify needs and gaps for proper risk management. Four main topics will be analysed: Risk prevention (MNMs safe design, safe design of manufacturing processes, etc), Risk assessment (occupational exposure and toxicology, measurement equipment and procedures, exposure limit values, etc), Risk protection and control (filtration,PPEs, etc) and finally Risk management (safety management models, tools, implementation level, work procedures, “good practices”, risk communication, etc).

 

 
   
 
 
Project's ID and contact
 
 

Coordinator: Tecnalia.

Contact person: Jesús M. López de Ipiña, coordinator. Parque Tecnológico de Alava, Leonardo Da Vinci, 11, E-01510 Miñano, Spain Tel: +34 (0) 946 430 850, SCAFFOLD@eu-vri.eu. 

Start date: 1st June 2012.

End date: 30th May 2015.

Budget: 3.7 M€- EC contribution: 2.5 M.

Grant Agreement Nr: NMP4-SL- 2012-280535.