Press Release

ACGIH® Presents Nanotechnology Health and Safety: Case Studies in the Occupational Setting Webinar



Cincinnati, Ohio — September 13, 2007 — ACGIH® presents Nanotechnology Health and Safety: Case Studies in the Occupational Setting webinar, scheduled for December 4, 2007 at the following times:

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central Time
12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Mountain Time
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Nanotechnology has quickly moved from an innovative idea to a technology that is created, produced, and used in the workplace. The state of the science is constantly evolving thus creating a myriad of questions on the "how-to" of worker health and safety. This webinar will discuss the uncertainties associated with the hazards and potential risks of working with engineered nanoparticles; describe ways to help manage exposure to engineered nanoparticles; and illustrate how occupational health and safety controls, both engineering and administrative, can be implemented to better manage worker health and safety. Additionally, this webinar will present case studies that will highlight how select organizations that use engineered nanoparticles in production facilities (metal oxide and metal alloy), as well as research laboratories, are addressing the safety and health issues behind this new technology. This webinar will focus on several points such as:

  • Known health effects data and their implications for risk characterization and risk management
  • Hazard identification and exposure assessment
  • Evaluating and characterizing risk
  • Procedural approaches for completing an evaluation
  • Conducting a real-time assessment: qualitative and quantitative tools
  • Types of controls, PPE, and how to verify effectiveness
  • Employee communication
  • Communicating information to management

After participating in the webinar, attendees will be able to understand:

  • The potential hazards and associated risks of engineered nanoparticles
  • The current state of knowledge in terms of health data in the occupational setting
  • How to develop a procedural approach for characterizing risk in a workplace utilizing engineered nanoparticles
  • How to evaluate and employ effective PPE and control practices
  • Methods for communication in workplaces utilizing engineered nanoparticles
  • How select companies are utilizing control methods and PPE, and controlling risk when dealing with engineered nanoparticles

ACGIH® is pleased to offer webinar attendees a new audio option. U.S. and Canadian attendees can connect to the audio portion of the webinar via the toll-free audio telephone link or listen to the audio portion through an audio stream directly to their computer. Other international participants can listen via the audio stream without incurring additional telephone charges.

The presenters for this webinar are Charles (Chuck) L. Geraci, PhD, CIH, Mark D. Hoover, PhD, CHP, CIH and Tabitha V. Maher, MS.

Dr. Geraci is overall Coordinator of the NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) Nanotechnology Research Center and manages a number of Nanotechnology projects in the Institute. He is also leader of the NIOSH nanotechnology field team that is conducting visits to nanomaterial producers and users to characterize exposures, evaluate controls, and develop best practices, and Chief of the Document Development Branch where he manages projects dealing with the development of recommendations to address worker health and safety in new or emerging technologies.

Dr. Hoover is a senior scientist in the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center and the Division of Respiratory Disease Studies. Dr. Hoover has developed improved approaches, techniques, and instrumentation for aerosol characterization, generation, and control; served as chairman or a contributor to the development of many national and international standards; and is author or co-author of more than 140 open literature publications.

Ms. Maher is the Environmental Health and Safety facilitator at Altairnano, Inc. Ms. Maher led the company into the highly controversial field of nanotechnology by taking a pro-active look at the potential implications these materials may have with worker and environmental safety. In addressing these issues, she partners with key agencies for critical assessment of nanomaterials, designs research projects for collaboration with universities to investigate nanoparticle and nano-structured material toxicity, and actively participates with organizations trying to resolve the many issues the nanotechnology business world is facing.

This webinar is pending approval by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) for .5 ABIH (IH) Certification Maintenance (CM) Point. This webinar qualifies for .15 BCSP (SP) Continuance of Certification (COC) Point for Certified Safety Professionals. Participants seeking CM or COC points must attend the live webinar or view the archive and submit a final exam and evaluation. Certificates of Completion will be issued in a timely manner after receipt and completion of these items.

For more detailed information about the Nanotechnology Health and Safety: Case Studies in the Occupational Setting webinar, contact Tammy Vanderbilt at or 513-742-2020.

ACGIH® is a member-based organization that advances occupational and environmental health. ACGIH® is one of the industry's leading publications resources, with approximately 400 titles relative to occupational and environmental health and safety, including the renowned TLVs® and BEIs®. For more information, visit the ACGIH® website at or call our Customer Service Representatives at 513-742-2020.


Amy B. Bloomhuff, Esq., CAE
Director of Operations