Society for Chemical Hazard Communication
 Professional Development Training

Health Hazard Determination & Risk Assessment

View Brochure — Course available September 18, 2022


This course is designed to be an overview of the principles of health hazard determination and risk assessment as they relate to hazard communication.  An emphasis is placed on the scientific and regulatory requirements for defensible hazard determinations and risk assessments.  The goal of this course is to provide participants with the basic tools necessary to determine the potential hazards of a material and the likelihood or probability that these hazards will cause adverse effects in a particular situation.  The skills developed in this course will better allow participants to understand and/or participate in the decision-making involved in the development and application of MSDS and label and the determination of appropriate markets and uses for products.  This course has been updated to include information from EPA’s approach to risk evaluations under TSCA and the growing impact of Environmental Justice on the practice of risk assessment.

This is an advanced course. While there are no formal prerequisites for this course, it is recommended that participants have a working knowledge of MSDS and labels and that they either have taken the SCHC courses Toxicology for Hazard Communication, and Industrial Hygiene and Safety for Hazard Communication or be comfortable with the principles presented in these courses.


Intended Audience:

Hazard communication professionals looking for a comprehensive overview of health hazard determination and risk assessment.

Course Fee:               $450.00 / Members       $580.00 / Nonmembers


Course Director / Instructor


Robert Skoglund, Ph.D., DABT, CIH, CPPS

Dr. Skoglund is the Director of Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs at Covestro LLC.  His responsibilities include safety, compliance, sustainability, and stewardship for North America - including hazard communication and product stewardship.

Course Instructor

Catherine F. Jacobson, Ph.D., DABT

Dr. Jacobson is a Lead Toxicology Specialist at the 3M Company. Her primary responsibilities include assessing the human health hazards and risks of raw materials, chemical intermediates, and products for several 3M business units. In addition, she oversees the authoring of hazard communication documents and develops comprehensive health hazard profiles for chemical substances important to 3M.

Course Instructor


Robert Roy, Ph.D., DABT

Dr. Roy is a Lead Toxicology Specialist at 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota. His primary responsibilities include assessing the human health hazards and safety of products and other materials for several 3M business units. In addition, he leads the development of the 3M Occupational Exposure Guidelines and has been actively involved in California Proposition 65 assessments, chemical health hazard determination, and the human risk/safety assessment of chemicals/intermediates and finished products.


Course Topics and Schedule
subject to change
Sunday, September 18, 2022

7:30-8:00 Registration / Continental Breakfast
  • Introduction
  • Overview
9:10-9:25 Break
  • Hazard Determination - Acute Toxicity, Irritation / Corrosion and Genotoxicity
  • Hazard Determination - Sensitization
10:35-10:50      Break
  • Hazard Determination - Subchronic/Chronic Toxicity and Carcinogenicity
  • Hazard Determination - Endocrine Effects
  • Hazard Determination - Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity
12:00-1:00 Lunch (buffet lunch provided)
  • Dose-Response Assessment
  • Exposure Assessment
2:10-2:25 Break
  • Risk Characterization
3:35-3:50 Break
  • Assessment of Mixtures
  • Environment Justice


Refer to brochure for registration, cancellation policy, and hotel information.