Introduction to Nanomaterial Safety
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Nanomaterials are new materials, that 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 can, however, also be a challenge, because these materials might have different implications for human health or the environment compared to traditional chemicals. Throughout the world research on, and development of, new applications and commercial uses is proceeding at a fast pace. Simultaneously, the importance of addressing safety of nanomaterials is also widely recognized. The Nanomaterial Safety e-Learning Course seeks to provide interested stakeholders for an introduction to the “the sound management of manufactured nanomaterials”. The course has been developed by UNITAR to address the third session on International Conference on Chemicals Management’s invitation concerning training materials on nanomaterial safety. It draws upon documents recently published by the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management and UNITAR in 2012, and from other international organizations, such as other UN bodies and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Participants will learn about global, national and sector-specific challenges and opportunities for safe development and use of nanomaterials. Additionally, participants will begin to develop basic skills for recognizing safety concerns and applying risk management approaches to manufactured nanomaterial. After completing the course, participants will be able to:
- Have insights in the special properties and uses of manufactured nanomaterials
- Be aware of safety concerns of manufactured nanomaterials
- Provide examples of successful nanotechnology safety and health programs
- Identify principal opportunities and challenges for sound management of manufactured nanomaterials
- Identify the main safety issues in a production process containing nanomaterials, especially in a downstream process.
- Have insights in processes for hazard, exposure and risk assessment and options for sound management of manufactured nanomaterials
- Recognize the range of available international and national regulatory approaches to sound management of manufactured nanomaterials
Content and Structure
The course consists of the following modules: Module 1: Introduction to Manufactured Nanomaterials Module 2: Hazards of Manufactured Nanomaterials Module 3: Occupational, Population and Environmental Exposures to Manufactured Nanomaterials Module 4&5: Risk Assessment and Risk Management of Manufactured Nanomaterials Module 6: Approaches to the Sound Management of Manufactured Nanomaterials, including Societal Dimensions Other Course Features:
- External links to additional books, articles,
- Documents and websites related to the modules
- Course facilitator(s) who are experts in the field of sound chemicals management and nanomaterials
- Technical support from UNITAR
- The course comprises 6 modules over 8 weeks for a total of approximately 10 learning hours a week
- Participants will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion after the successful achievement of the course
The course is internet-based, moderated by senior international expert(s), asynchronous, and places emphasis on online discussions and self-paced learning. The course pedagogy is adapted to professionals in full-time work. The participants will be primarily responsible for their own learning over the eight week span of the course. The total number of learning hours expected is 10 hours a week. Through 6 distinct modules, it is planned that the course will include the following components:
- Compulsory and optional reading material, intended to teach key concepts and principles.
- Practical exercises, quizzes and case studies.
- A moderated community discussion board will be available for participants to post questions or comments
The course targets groups are individuals that are interested in obtaining a general understanding about current status and latest developments in the safety of manufactured nanomaterials.
- 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
The course participation fee is 400 USD For details please contact the UNITAR Chemicals and Waste Management Programme at: firstname.lastname@example.org Register at: http://www.unitar.org/event/elearning (registration will open on 18 February 2014) Registration deadline: 30 April 2014 (or until maximum number of course participants is reached).
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