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Risk assessment and risk management

Safe production and use of nanomaterials requires effective risk management. For this purpose, we combine nano-related exposure and toxicity knowledge with state-of-the-art processes and procedures for risk management, ranging from legislative and regulative levels down to hands-on work processes.

Project Areas

Safety management in research facilities

Research labs and research facilities often combine many hazards, offering complex risk panoramas.  Nano-related risks in research laboratories often concern novel materials, and therefore great uncertainties. A mix of students, senior researchers, technical staff and sometimes also many visiting researchers puts certain demands on risk management.

Comprehensive nano risk management

Effective protection of people and the environment requires risk management to span the entire life cycle of nano materials, from initial design, over production and use, to end-of-life recycling, destruction or dispersion.
This perspective on nano safety risk management cuts through the catalogue of projects at NanoLund, and has been specifally addressed at e. g Almedalen 2019.

Nano safety training

To promote state-of-the-art nano safety competence among future generations of researchers and practitioners, we develop nano safety training. We have developed the first and so far only cross-disciplinary graduate level nanosafety course, covering such aspects as nano toxicity, exposure assessment and analysis, protective strategies, and risk management. We work with commissioned education and with other education for the surrounding society, focusing on developing understanding and competence covering lab work, material design, understanding of nano material life cycle perspectives and safe by design.

Key Faculty

Recent Theses

Malin Alsved, Transmission of Infectious Bioaerosols: Sources, transport and prevention strategies for airborne viruses and bacteria, PhD Thesis, Lund University 2020
See Malin Alsved's thesis at the Research Portal