Introduction to Nanomaterial Safety: UNITAR E-Learning Course




27 Oct - 15 Dec 2014

Duration of event:

7 weeks



Programme area:

Chemicals and Waste Management


USD 600

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Deadline for registration: 26 October 2014


Nanomaterials have a range of novel properties enabling many new useful applications in medicine, environmental clean-up, energy production and material technology to name a few. The special properties of nanomaterials however, can also be a challenge, because these materials might have different implications for human health or the environment compared to traditional chemicals.

This e-Learning course provides interested stakeholders with an introduction to the “sound management of manufactured nanomaterials”. The course has been developed by UNITAR based on work under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and international organizations, such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn about global, national and sector-specific issues and begin to develop basic skills for recognizing safety concerns and learning about risk management approaches to manufactured nanomaterials. No prerequisite or prior knowledge is needed to take the course. 

After completing the course, participants will:

  • Acquire knowledge on properties, uses, and safety issues of nano-containing products
  • Classify hazard, exposure and risk assessment, and options
  • Identify opportunities and challenges to regulate nanomaterials
  • Discuss international and national regulatory approaches
  • Recognise applications of nanomaterials and its uses to improve global environmental, public health, and safety issues


The course is internet-based, and places emphasis on online discussions and self-paced learning to accommodate professionals in full-time work.

Moderated by course facilitator(s) who are experts in the field, the total number of learning hours is 35 hours over a 7 week. Specific course features include:

  • Self-paced learning
  • Case studies, practical exercises, and tests
  • Moderated discussions and interactions
  • Additional resources (books, articles, documents, and websites)

Targeted Audience

Individuals from the following groups may be interested in taking the course:

  • Civil servants in national Ministries, provincial departments and local authorities
  • Environmental and occupational safety managers in private sector and civil society organizations
  • Industry and SME representatives of companies which already produce or intend to produce products containing nanomaterials
  • Faculty, researchers and students
  • Interested citizens

No pre requisites or prior knowledge on nanotechnology or manufactured nanomaterials is required to take the course

Additional Information

The course participation fee is USD 600. A UNITAR certificate will be given upon successful completion of the course.

Registration deadline: 23 October 2014(or until a maximum number of participants is reached).

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For details please contact the UNITAR Chemicals and Waste Management Programme at: