Call for EGU 2022 Abstracts!

Members of the NOA Commission are co-convening a session during the 2022 European Geosciences Union General Assembly, to be held 3-8 April, 2022 in Vienna, Austria.

NH8.3 – Mineral particles and fibres: bridging minero-chemistry to occupational and environmental strategies for health hazard control

Conveners: Jasmine R. Petriglieri (Univ. Torino, IT),
Cristina Pavan (Univ. Torino, IT), Sarah Kalika (DiabloGeo, USA),
Ana López Lilao (ITC, ES), Chandnee Ramkissoon (Univ. Adelaide, AU)

Exposure to mineral dust is an important, global cause of respiratory diseases, mainly in occupational settings. Though the incidence of occupational lung disease has decreased in many countries, exposure to silica, asbestos, and other mineral dusts are responsible for 25% of all occupational lung diseases (WHO study, 2017). Re-emergence of lung diseases associated with unexpected sources, and non-conventional exposure scenarios require an up-to-date risk assessment, monitoring, and mitigation strategies. A new frontier of the research in mineral dust is to design an integrated occupational and environmental strategy (exposome) for health hazard control.

To tackle these challenges, this session welcomes contributions and case studies on the following aspects:

– particle and fibre mineralogical definition, including regulatory aspects;

– particle and fibre risk assessment, migration, transport, and fate in natural environments including air, water, and soil/rock, and in occupational settings;

– physico-chemical assessment of particle and fibre characteristics relevant to interactions with biological milieu, and mechanisms of toxicity;

– development of novel approaches for the determination of inorganic particle and fibre occurrences, risk management, air sampling procedures for outdoor/indoor environments, protection strategies for workers, environment, and population at large;

– all other studies on environmental, occupational, and non-conventional exposures to inorganic dust, including asbestos, silica, silicates, volcanic ashes, celestial dusts, dusts from construction sites, and more in general composite dust.

This session’s contributions aim to invite an interdisciplinary audience, encompassing mineralogy, geology, environmental chemistry, epidemiology, and medicine.

To submit your abstract:

The abstract deadline is January 12th (13:00 CET)!

We look forward to seeing you in Vienna!

Kind regards, Jasmine, Cristina, Sarah, Ana and Chandnee