NB! NanoSafer v 1.0 is currently being upgraded to version 1.1! The program is currently being upgraded to version 1.1! The upgrade is expected to be completed by mid May, 2016. We will keep you informed on this web-page. The final reporting format and E-learning tool is still under establishment in NanoSafer 1.1. We notify users that data previously entered in NanoSafer 1 will not be transferred to NanoSafer 1.1 due to change in data requirements, With best regards, the NanoSafer team

What is NanoSafer?

NanoSafer is a combined control-banding and risk management tool that enables assessment of the risk level and recommended exposure control associated with production and use of manufactured nanomaterials (e.g., nanoparticles, nanoflakes, nanofibers, and nanotubes) in specific work scenarios. In addition to manufactured nanomaterials, the tool can also be used to assess and manage emissions from nanoparticle-forming processes.

Data requirement

The procedure requires information from:
  • suppliers technical data sheets
  • safety data sheets delivered with the material (nearest analogue bulk material)
  • occupational exposure limits for respirable dust (nearest analogue bulk material)
  • data on the work situation
  • data on the workplace
Input data are stored in confidential personal files so it can only be reused by the same user. Data is only available with the selected log-in and password.

Inspiration for risk management

In the menu “Inspiration” NanoSafer offers inspiration on controlling the exposure to nanomaterials from principles in the control hierarchy and from various real-case observations from industry and laboratories. There is also a detailed report on manufactured nanomaterials with more elaborate description of manufactured nanomaterials, their observed toxicology and observed exposures in the workplace.

Development and Funding

NanoSafer is maintained by the National Research Centre for the Working Environment.
NanoSafer v 1.0 was developed by the National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, DENMARK and the Danish Technological Institute, Høje Taastrup, DENMARK. for Industriens Branchearbejdsmiljøråd og Branchearbejdsmiljørådet for Undervisning og Forskning.
NanoSafer v 1.1 was developed by the National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen supported by the Danish Nanosafety Centre funded by the Danish Work Environment Research Fund and test experiences achieved in the EU FP7 projects ENPRA, NANOSUSTAIN, and HINAMOX.
NanoSafer v 2.0 is planned to be launched in 2016 as conclusion of the Danish NanoSafety Centre and developments by the National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen and the Danish Technological Institute, Høje Taastrup, DENMARK. These planned updates are expected for the hazard assessment module and further developments of the risk management module and industrial case studies.
A high-tier exposure assessment tool is also planned to be launched in 2016 as a result of developments funded by the EU FP7 SUN Project (Sustainable Nanotechnologies Project).