The objective of WG5 is to create the framework of health risk assessment of aerogel-based materials for its use in specific biomedical and environmental applications.
Specific Tasks of the WG5 are:
- The selection of adequate personal protective equipment and indoor air cleaning devices for use during aerogels production and handling.
- Health risk and life cycle assessment of aerogels for biomedical applications.
- Health/biota risk and life cycle assessment of aerogels for environmental applications.
To achieve such tasks the activities of the WG5 are mainly related to the evaluation of the associated health, environmental and exposure risks related to aerogel production. Specific panel of tests for each biomedical application foreseen for aerogel-based compounds (e.g., bacterial/viral load, allergen potential, exposure assessment) will be considered to produce white paper and compendia of health and safety procedures for production, handling and transport of aerogels and identifying health risk categories for aerogel use in biomedical applications. Specific panel of tests will be also considered for the use of aerogels as insulation materials and active surfaces.