We aim to broaden the knowledge base for the nano EHS workforce by providing educational materials on the safe handling of nanomaterials and on nanoecotoxicology.  These materials can also be used to supplement current undergraduate or graduate coursework.

The UC CEIN partnered with environmental health and safety professionals from institutions of higher education across the State of California, in addition to representatives from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to create the California Nanosafety Consortium of Higher Education.  The California Nanosafety Consortium of Higher Education is focused on developing and promoting safe handling and disposal of nanomaterials in academic research settings. The first project embarked upon by the working group was to create this Nanotoolkit, which describes best practices for working safely with engineered nanomaterials in academic research settings.

*Please note that, since the Nanotoolkit was released, the REL for CNTs was lowered to 1 ug/m^3.  (Source: NIOSH Current Intelligence Bulletin 65: Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers,

To watch a lecture summarizing the work of the Nanotoolkit see below: