AIHce Indianapolis



PDC 303
Applied Concepts of Nanotechnology for the EHS Professional

intermediate | .67 CM Point/ 4 Contact Hours/ 0.5 CEU/COC Point | Saturday | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Limit: 60


This PDC is designed to provide the experienced scientist and EHS professional with a practical approach to managing health hazards associated with nanotechnology through a series of presentations and discussions. Key topics will include nanoscale measurement tools; locating relevant EHS information; responding to uncontrolled releases; performing maintenance activities on contaminated building systems and equipment; and designing controls to mitigate exposure. The final part of this PDC will focus on a discussion of these topics and some best-practice solutions to common nanomaterial hazards.

Should be a practicing professional (aerosol measurement methods, containment techniques, housekeeping protocol, control banding methods, information technology, and regulatory affairs). “Introduction to EHS for the Nanotechnology Industry” PDC or equivalent understanding of terminology.

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Locate authoritative nanotechnology-related EHS information and knowledge exchange resources.
  • Identify common hazards associated with nanotechnology.
  • Apply exposure and risk assessment principles to nanotechnology-related work environments.
  • Select appropriate nanotechnology-related containment control and emergency response actions.


  • PDC introduction and overview
  • Where to go to get information: Nanotechnology EHS resources
  • Common hazards of working with nano-materials
  • Managing nano-material hazards: Case Studies
  • Spills: Safe handling of nano-materials during emergencies
  • Risk and mitigation: Maintenance activities on contaminated building systems and equipment
  • Class discussion and Final Questions

Transfer of Knowledge:
Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Group activities

Sponsoring Committee:
Nanotechnology Working Group

Important PDC dates:

  • May 18 — E-handout download instructions are e-mailed.
  • June 1  — Contact the AIHA if you have not received your e-handout e-mail.
  • June 1  — AIHce 2012 online communities for collaborative learning open.
  • June 15-17 — AIHce 2012 PDCs are presented. Participants must bring a printed or electronic copy of their PDC handout.
  • August 31 — AIHce 2012 online communities for collaborative learning close.
  • August 27 Educational transcripts updated and available for download