Resource Review: Nanotechnology and Health

This updated e-course from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Safety and Health features an improved look and functionality to enrich your learning experience. Nanotechnology is a broad name given to a wide range of technologies and materials that create, manipulate, or use particles of an extremely small size—roughly between 1 and 100 nanometers (nm). A nanometer is 1 billionth of a meter. These nanomaterials can be both naturally occurring and man-made, and workers can be exposed during manufacturing (handling powders, performing maintenance, machining, sanding) and by use of many consumer products (such as computer screen coatings, sunscreen, and cosmetics). This awareness course discusses nanomaterials that may be found in Canadian workplaces, the potential health hazards they present, and how workers can be protected.

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Resource Details

Vendor/Sponsor

Canadian Centre for Occupational Safety and Health

Format

Online training

Review Date

11/17/2020

Program Design Elements

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Clear, consistent screen design
User-friendly; intuitive navigation
Pace is learner controlled
Job-like examples included
Module map/table of contents
Exit option with bookmark feature

Content Elements

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Contains accurate information
Relevant and accurate graphics
Relevant job-like examples or other
Definitions for technical terms
Logical sequence
References
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Comments:

Topics include:

  • Defining nanotechnology
  • Nanomaterials and how they are made
  • Are nanomaterials a health hazard?
  • Areas and activities where exposure can occur
  • Controlling/eliminating worker exposure to nanomaterials
  • The role of the health and safety committee
Upon completion of the course you will be able to:
  • Describe nanotechnology
  • Identify sources and products containing nanomaterials in your workplace
  • List ways to control and prevent exposure and potential health effects
  • Understand the importance of housekeeping , maintenance, and disposal of materials
Average time to complete this course is approximately 30 minutes.

Target Audience

  • Managers and supervisors
  • Health and safety committee members
  • Health and safety advisors

 

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