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Loughborough University Looks at Nanomaterial Use in Construction

Posted by Ross Jones-Morris in

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Aided by sponsorship from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), a research team at Loughborough University have produced a new set of guidelines regarding the use of nanomaterials in construction. An area of the industry that is still somewhat shrouded in mystery, with limited information out there for workers to get their hands on.

Considering that estimates suggest nanomaterials will be present in up to half of all new building materials by 2025, the report looks at how widespread their current use is, and looks at the potential risks of such materials for workers in both construction and demolition.

IOSH's Director of Professional Services, Vanessa Harwood-Whitcher, said of the importance of the work: "Whilst there's still much more we can learn about nanomaterials, through this research we're pleased to produce practical guidance to help raise much needed awareness for those working in the construction sector in particular, and support them in managing potential risks."

"It's vital that industry works together in sharing information about nanomaterials used in products more effectively. Steps such as this will help increase our knowledge and make a real difference in improving occupational safety and health practice."