AIHce Indianapolis



PDC 201
Introduction to EHS for the Nanotechnology Industry

introductory | .67 CM Points/ 4 Contact Hours/ 0.5 CEU/COC Point | Saturday | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Limit: 60

Nanotechnology, Occupational Exposure Levels

This PDC is designed to introduce the practicing occupational hygienist to fundamental issues involved in the evaluation and control of exposures to engineered nanoparticles. The PDC will cover four basic topics, i.e., fundamentals of aerosols, evaluation of nanoparticle exposure, control of nanoparticle exposure, and regulatory issues. It will start with the participants basic knowledge of these topics and then apply that knowledge to the specific issues related to engineered nanoparticles. The participants will build on their fundamental knowledge of occupational hygiene and apply that knowledge to the special issues presented by nanotechnology. Upon completion, participants will have a solid knowledge of methods to evaluate and control exposures to engineered nanoparticles.

Value Added:
Learn to apply fundamental knowledge of occupational hygiene to the specialized topic of engineered nanoparticle exposure.

Learning Aids:
Participants must bring a scientific calculator.

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Recognize nanotechnology’s role in the sciences.
  • Describe basic terminology associated with EHS related to nanotechnology.
  • Conduct a basic workplace evaluation for nanotechnology hazards.
  • Apply the hierarchy of controls to nanoparticle exposure scenarios.
  • Explain current regulatory environment regarding engineered nanoparticle exposures.


  • PDC Introduction and Overview
  • Overview of the Nanotechnology Industry
  • Review of the Current State of Engineered Nanoparticle Toxicology
  • Description of Methods used to Evaluate Nanoparticle Exposure
  • Application of the Hierarchy of Controls to Engineered Nanoparticle Exposure
    • Engineering Controls
    • Administrative Controls
    • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Overview of the Current Regulatory Environment Regarding Engineered Nanoparticles
  • Resources for Further Information (e.g., Good Nano Guide)
  • Conclusions

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

  • Hands-on demonstrations and practicum
  • 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