IOM Singapore conducted training on Safe Laboratory Work with Nanomaterials

Date: 20 August 2015

IOM Singapore conducted training on Safe Laboratory Work with Nanomaterials to researchers and EHS Professionals

NanoLab - 12 Aug 15

IOM Singapore successfully conducted a one-day IOSH-accredited training course on Safe Laboratory Work with Nanomaterials for the first time at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) on Aug 13, 2015. The course was developed by IOM Singapore with support from IOSH on the basis of internationally recognized best practices and tested approaches that are used by leading nanomaterial research institutions. It is the first and only available training course on safe work with nanomaterials in laboratories on the Singapore market.

The course was fully booked and conducted by Dr. Michael Riediker, the Director of Operations at SAFENANO, IOM Singapore. The participants included academic and safety staff from local institute of higher learnings, EHS professionals and staff from government departments. In the theoretical session, the participants learned the health risks of nanomaterials and the concepts for safe work in nano-laboratories. The following hands-on session helped the participants translate the learned knowledge into safe laboratory practices. Dr. Riediker demonstrated how to correctly wear and remove personal protective equipment and how to carry out respirator fit testing. Equipped with coverall, close fitting safety glasses, FFP3 respirator and double pairs of gloves, the participants handled simulated nanomaterials in a wet laboratory to learn how to prepare nanomaterial dispersions, how to clean up nanomaterial spills and how to harvest nanomaterial products from reactor in a safe and efficient manner. The participants found the training course informative and the learned practices ready to be implemented into their daily lab routines. Successful participants will be issued an IOSH certification in Safe Laboratory Work with Nanomaterials.

Research institutions worldwide are welcomed to order this training to be run in their own laboratories. IOM can customize the training to fit your needs and help you upgrade your current health and safety strategy for nanomaterials if your approach is not yet fully adapted to the internationally recognized practices. More information about IOM's nanosafety training is available at /services/safety-of-nano/training/ and from our nano-experts at IOM Singapore.

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