Free E-Awareness Tool on Nanomaterials Aims to Protect Workers

The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) have collaborated to create a free e-resource to help identify and safely control sources and products containing nanomaterials in the workplace, to protect workers from harm.

Nanomaterials are used in an ever-increasing number of products such as computer hard drives, clothing, and glare-reducing coatings for eyeglasses and cars, and continue to be a quickly developing area of research and manufacturing. With these miniscule materials, come some potentially big health hazards for workers, especially for those who use nanotechnology in research or production processes and may be exposed to nanomaterials through inhalation, skin contact, or ingestion.

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

Nanotechnology and Health, can be accessed from the CCOHS website: www.ccohs.ca/products/courses/nanotechnology.

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