The PGNano project aims to assess exposure to these particles by addressing their emission mechanisms and their physicochemical and morphological properties, as well as their possible toxicity. It will also propose a series of mitigation measures appropriate for each case study, in order to minimise exposure and ensure good indoor air quality.
The intended results of the PGNano project are aimed at protecting the health of personnel working in industrial environments from inhalation exposure to particles (NPs and PUFs) emitted unintentionally by high-energy thermal or mechanical processes.
In addition, it is expected to generate the necessary knowledge on the situation of the companies potentially affected by this risk, obtaining information on the sectors where the processes are carried out, the level of exposure of the people operating in these work environments and the chemical and toxicological nature of the polluting particles.
Tools for the assessment and prediction of occupational exposure to Nanoparticles and Ultrafine Particles (NPs and PUFs) in industrial scenarios under real operating conditions will also be proposed and validated. Finally, a Good Practice Guide will be published to serve as a basis for companies when implementing preventive measures to minimise the risk of exposure to pollutant particles so that this translates into an improvement in the health of the workforce.
PGNano also has the collaboration of UNIMAT, a company specialising in occupational risk prevention, company consultancy, individual and collective health and specialised training.
Funding: Instituto Valenciano de Competitividad Empresarial through FEDER Regional Development Funds.