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Free CCOHS e-Course: Nanotechnology and Health


The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has released a free awareness e-Course, Nanotechnology and Health, to help workers identify and safely control sources and products containing nanomaterials in their workplaces. Nanomaterials are used in the manufacturing industry to produce products, such as computer hard drives, clothing, and glare-reducing coatings for eyeglasses and cars. These miniscule materials come with some potentially big health hazards for workers who may be exposed through inhalation, skin contact, or ingestion, especially for those who use nanotechnology in research or production processes.

Nanotechnology and Health is a free, 30-minute e-course that provides workers, managers, supervisors, and health and safety committee members with information on nanomaterials that may be found in Canadian workplaces. The course covers the potential health hazards of nanomaterials and how workers can be protected from related illness and injury. This e-course provides participants with a definition of nanotechnology, information on how nanomaterials are made, and ways to control and prevent exposure and potential health effects.

The e-course, Nanotechnology and Health, can be accessed from the CCOHS website, here:

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