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January 6, 2015

UK Health and Safety Laboratory Will Hold Course on Nanotechnology Health and Safety

Lynn L. Bergeson

On January 27, 2015, the United Kingdom (UK) Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) will hold a one-day course on “Nanotechnology Health & Safety — A Practical Approach.”  The course is intended to help participants gain an understanding of the techniques and methods available to identify and control exposure to airborne nanomaterials.  HSL states that the course will include:

  • Practical advice and tools on the measures that may be needed to control adequately exposure to airborne nanoparticles during their manufacturing, or during the use and disposal of these materials;
  • Current best practice with references to the new Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the UK NanoSafety Group guidance “Working Safely with Nanomaterials in Research and Development”;
  • Formal presentations and case studies with opportunities to discuss these issues with experienced HSL scientists; and
  • Hands-on practical training on assessing and implementing control measures and exposure monitoring that allows theory to be put into practice.

The course is aimed at health and safety advisors, occupational hygienists, and users of nanomaterials in universities, research organizations, and industry.