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Environmental Training Center Prepares Companies to Handle Nanotechnology Environmental and Human Safety Impacts
Date:5/19/2011

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2012 federal budget recommends the allocation of $2.1 billion to the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), a federal interagency research and development program that studies the imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulation of matter at the nanoscale—a measurement of particles between 1 and 100 nanometers (1 billionth of a meter) in size.  While nanoscale materials are found in nature as part of smoke, volcanic ash, and sea spray, the advancement of microscopic magnification has allowed scientists to understand the new properties of matter that occur at the nano level. This burgeoning area of science, with potential applications in electronics, computing, alternative energy, food, and medicine brings with it a significant need for companies to understand the safe use of these materials.

Part of the NNI budget is dedicated to studying the environmental, health and safety (EHS) exposure to, and implications and use of, nanomaterials.  Federal research is ongoing, and as companies adopt the use of nanomaterials in various development or manufacturing processes, having a framework for risk management will be a critical component of their successful use.

To address these growing needs, the California Community Colleges' Environmental Training Center (ETC) will host a workshop entitled "Introduction to Nanomaterials and Occupational Health." The eight-hour course hosted by Mission College in Santa Clara will take place on May 24, 2011, and review current EHS knowledge, provide guidelines for risk management, and offer tools for tracking the latest health and safety impacts in the field.

"The nanotechnology field is expected to grow to $2.5 trillion globally over the next four years and has the potential to create thousands of jobs in California by 2015," said ETC Statewide Director Richard Della Valle.  "This upcoming workshop is led by two well respected industry exp
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