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Nanotechnology Health & Safety - A Practical Approach

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Nanotechnology has a wide range of consumer applications from pharmaceuticals and electronics to cosmetics and novel fabrics.  One of the prerequisites for the safe development of nanomaterials is to ensure the safety of workers using, handling or manufacturing nanoparticles.

In response to this HSL is running a one day training course on a practical approach to nanotechnology health and safety.

This course will help delegates to gain an understanding of the techniques and methods available to identify and control exposure to airborne nanomaterials.

Course includes

  • Practical advice and tools on the measures that may be needed to adequately control exposure to airborne nanoparticles during their manufacturing, or during the use and disposal of these materials
  • Current best practice with references to the new HSE and the UK NanoSafety Group guidance "Working Safely with Nanomaterials in Research and Development"
  • Formal presentations and case studies with opportunities to discuss these issues with experienced HSL scientists
  • Hands-on practical training on assessing and implementing control measures and exposure monitoring that allows theory to be put into practice

Course aim

To gain an understanding of the techniques and methods available to identify and control exposure to airborne nanomaterials.

Course Objectives

The focus of this course will be on a "Practical approach to nanotechnology health and safety". The course will provide delegates with an understanding of:

  • What is known about the health risks for exposure to manufactured nanomaterials?
  • What exposure scenarios might be expected?
  • What measurement techniques and strategies to measure airborne nanomaterials can be used in the workplace?
  • What types of engineering controls are available; how to select and maintain these controls.
  • Correct selection and use of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Managing the disposal of nanomaterials.

Course learning outcomes

At the end of the one-day course, the delegates should understand:

  • Where exposures to nanomaterials may occur.
  • How to monitor personal exposure to airborne nanomaterials and limitations of current measurement instruments
  • The type of RPE and PPE available for use with nanomaterials and about the HSE regulations.
  • The main types of local exhaust ventilation (LEV) available and methods to assess the effectiveness of LEV performance.
  • How to manage RPE/PPE and LEV.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at health and safety advisors, occupational hygienists and users of nanomaterials in universities, research organisations and industry.


The course will be run at the HSL laboratory in the spa town of Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport.

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at


The cost of this course is £495 per person (includes course notes, lunch and refreshments).



Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit card at the time of booking.

For further dates and additional information email: or contact the Training and Events Team at HSE directly on +44 (0)203 028 3704.

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HSE Training and Events
The HSE Science and Research Centre
Harpur Hill
Buxton, Derbyshire
SK17 9JN

T: +44 (0)203 028 3704