INRS inaugurated its new laboratory dedicated to research on nanoparticles on 4 October 2013, at an “Open Day” event enabling the general public to visit the Institute’s facilities and to inform themselves about the work of the scientists. The aim of creating a “Nano” research unit at INRS is to facilitate exchanges and multi-disciplinary cooperation between the teams working on this topic.
About fifteen INRS experts are currently working on characterising and measuring nanoparticles and on the effectiveness of collective prevention measures and of personal protective equipment. The Institute is also conducting toxicological studies in order to assess the potential genotoxic, immunotoxic, and neurotoxic effects of nanomaterials.
An increasing number of workers are concerned by exposure to nanomaterials. The data currently available on nanoparticles and on their effects on health urges precaution. That is why this topic constitutes a priority area for INRS.
Didier Baptiste, Scientific Director at INRS, Perosh Chairman