Finnish Institute for Occupational Health (FIOH)

 Finland

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) is a governmental research institute with main emphasis on safe work environment and workers' health and well-being. FIOH operates under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, is directed by a Board representing employers, employees and the government, and has about 800 employees.

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) is a governmental research institute with main emphasis on safe work environment and workers' health and well-being. FIOH operates under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, is directed by a Board representing employers, employees and the government, and has about 800 employees. FIOH is responsible for most research and development in the field of occupational safety and health in Finland, and its main general focus areas are work environment development, promotion of workers' health, healthy work organizations, safe working conditions, and dissemination and implementation of knowledge in these areas. At the beginning of 2011, FIOH established the Nanosafety Research Centre which is led by Professor Kai Savolainen. The research objectives of the Centre are

  • Characterization of engineered nanomaterials (ENM) commonly occurring in occupational environments
  • Development of characterization techniques
  • Assessment of exposure at workplaces and exposure modelling
  • Development of exposure models for experimental research
  • Research on immunotoxic and genotoxic health effects of different types of ENM in vivo and in vitro

An important task of Nanosafety Research Centre is also to be in charge of co-ordination of the NanoSafety Cluster. It is a cluster of projects promoting nanomaterial safety. The Cluster consists of some 30 research projects, which are staffed by hundreds of researchers and the EU will provide a total of EUR 112 million in funding for these projects.

Contact:
Prof. Kai Savolainen
Topeliuksenkatu 41 a A
FI-00250 Helsinki
Finland
Tel.: +358 30 474 2200
web: www.ttl.fi

Janeck J. Scott-Fordmand
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