The Nanotechnology Awareness (OHS_HS239) course is now online.
This, and HS240: Working Safely with Nanotechnology, are both required for all personnel working in laboratories engaging in research that involves the manipulations of engineered (not naturally occurring) nanomaterials.
The Nanotechnology Awareness training course is designed as an introduction to nanomaterials – terms, history, types, property changes, uses, and concerns.
At the end of this course, you should be able to:
- Identify basic nanomaterial (NM) terminology by matching the terms to their definitions
- Classify the different types of nanomaterials (natural, incidental, end engineered)
- Name five out of ten products that currently use nanomaterials
- Choose three out of five issues that cause UAB Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) and other entities concern when working with or using nanomaterials
Pre-requisites: You must have successfully completed at least one of the following courses:
- BIO303: Basic Biosafety Training
- CS101: Chemical Safety Training (completed within the past 3 years)
- LSW2001: Laboratory Safety Workshop
A BlazerID or XIAS account is required to register for and take the course.
A copy of the completed training certificate must be maintained on file and presented to the proper authorities upon request.
Once you pass the assessment for the course, you may go to the My Transcript tab and located the course link. Once you click on the link, you will see another link that brings up your certificate for the course. Choose File, Print to print it.
Below you will find reference materials, websites, and job aids to assist you. After completing the course, feel free to return here and print any of the material you find useful.
- Course Material
- Future Medica
- How Stuff Works - Nanotechnology
- NIOSH - Nanotechnology
- OSHA - Nanotechnology Standards
Note: While UAB is not subject to OSHA at this time, we do closely follow their guidelines.
- Penn State’s Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization
- Safe Nanotechnology in the Workplace (CDC)
- Spill Kit Procedures
- The Project of Emerging Nanotechnologies
- The A to Z of Nanotechnology
Call 205-934-2487 for more information.