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2011 - Nano in Furniture - state of the art 2012
In the context of the European Social Dialogue between workers and employers in the furniture sector, the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW), the European Furniture Manufacturers Federation (UEA) and the European Furniture Industries Federation (EFIC) ran a joint project to map current uses and near future perspective on nano-materials in the European furniture sector, about innovative materials and potentials of the new technology that may positively affect the furniture sector and to inform about possible health risks and steps towards workplace prevention strategies following the precautionary principle.

The main goal of the project was to provide useful information for practitioners, mainly social partners at company level, social partner organisations at national level, safety experts and prevention institutions.

Research activities were done by the Dutch institute “IVAM Research and consultancy on Sustainability” (IVAM UvB BV) consisting of collecting information on the actual use of nano-materials in the sector, expert interviews, measurements on workplace exposure to nanoparticles in some work-processes and the evaluation of best practices in workplace prevention strategies.

The project results are documented in three fact sheets (available in 10 languages) on:

- the current use of nano-materials in the furniture sector:
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- the availability and use of information on nano-containing products
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- the safe work with nano-materials and possible prevention strategies
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The full project report “Nano in Furniture – State of the art 2012 is available in English
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An executive summary of about 20 pages is also available in ten different languages
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The Executive summary gives information about the current use of nano-containing products in the furniture sector, perspectives of the technology, possible health effects and considerations regarding precautionary work-place prevention strategies.
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