The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) will host “Nanotechnology Update for IHs: Toxicology and Exposure Assessment Issues,” an intermediate TeleWeb Virtual Seminar, on January 31, 2008, from 2–4:30 p.m. ET.

Featured speakers include Mark D. Hoover, PhD, CHP, CIH, senior scientist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH); Bruce J. Kelman, PhD, DABT, president and principal, Veritox Inc.; Vince Castranova, Ph.D., branch chief, NIOSH; and Charles L. Geraci, PhD, CIH, document development branch chief, NIOSH.

Presentations will include information on the following:

• Nanotoxicology issues for assessing and managing occupational exposure risks for nanoparticles in the workplace;
• Toxicology of nanoparticles for industrial hygienists;
• Nanotoxicology insights from the NIOSH Research Program;
• Managing exposure risks for nanomaterials using the current state of knowledge.

Attendees will learn to:

• Describe how nanotoxicology issues fit into an overall risk assessment and risk management framework for nanotechnology;
• Understand the toxicological properties of nanoparticles of concern for the health and safety of workers and consumers, including:
  • Properties of nanoparticles that may lead to enhanced bioactivity;
  • Possible pulmonary responses to inhaled nanoparticles;
  • Possible systemic responses to inhaled nanoparticles;
  • Possible responses to dermal exposure to nanoparticles.

• Understand and apply approaches for evaluating and managing risks for handling nanomaterials in the presence of uncertainty.

Participants need Internet access and a telephone, or just a phone, to be part of these live educational events. In addition, an archive copy of the TeleWeb will be available on CD for purchase.

To register for “Nanotechnology Update for IHs: Toxicology and Exposure Assessment Issues,” call (800) 651-7916, or register online at AIHA members who register by January 14, 2008, can attend the TeleWeb for $295, nonmembers for $325. After January 14, tuition will be an additional $100 for both members and nonmembers. Every site registered will receive materials that may be duplicated for each participant.