Society for Chemical Hazard Communication

 Professional Development Training

International Chemical Control Laws (1-day)

Brochure — available September 21, 2024


This course is designed to give overviews of various international chemical control laws. In particular, it will focus on chemical inventories, notification procedures for new chemicals, restrictions on import or export of chemicals, and other related matters. There will be overviews of systems in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand with a focus on analogies to the US Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The course will address differences in chemical inventories, timelines and requirements for notification of new substances, restrictions of which to be aware, US import and export issues, as well as impacts on SDSs and labels.


  • Relevant laws and regulations and the responsible agencies
  • Chemical inventory and registration procedures of new chemicals
  • Timing, logistics and potential exemptions
  • Import and export requirements
  • Enforcement and penalties

Intended Audience

This is considered an introductory course to global movement of industrial chemicals. Students should have some familiarity with TSCA. Laws affecting pesticides, biocides, food, drugs, veterinary products, fertilizers, cosmetics and radioactive materials will NOT be covered. SDS authors, EH&S personnel, and individuals new to the field of global compliance will benefit from this course.

Course Director / Instructor

Denese A. Deeds, CIH, FAIHA, SDSRP

Denese Deeds is co-founder of Industrial Health & Safety Consultants (now IHSC, LLC) and is certified in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. She has been consulting in the areas of Industrial Hygiene and Chemical Regulatory Affairs since 1981. In her position as Director of Chemical Regulatory Services she prepares SDS and other hazard communication documents, files international chemical registrations and assists companies with overall chemical regulatory compliance. As part of her practice, Denese has assisted clients in classifying their products for transport, developing shipping guidance for products and audited hazmat compliance programs. Prior to consulting, Ms. Deeds held industrial hygiene positions with Westinghouse Electric and General Electric. She is a fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the Academy of Industrial Hygiene and the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication, where she has served as President.


Course Instructor


Chandra D. Gioiello, MS, CIH, SDSRP

Chandra Deeds Gioiello has a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Franklin and Marshall College and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Hygiene from University of New Haven. She is vice president of IHSC, LLC, a small consulting firm that focuses on international regulatory compliance and SDS and label authoring. Chandra is a registered Safety Data Sheet and Label Author and a Certified Industrial Hygienist. Her focus in on international chemical regulations including GHS adoption, labeling, and chemical control laws. She regularly helps clients navigate the regulations across the globe, especially the Asia-Pacific countries. She helped create the SDS and Label Author registry for AIHA. She served on the Board of Directors of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) from 2016-2019. She is currently the chair of the SCHC Member Engagement Committee and Past-President of the Connecticut River Valley chapter of AIHA. She is the 2024 recipient of the AIHA Fellows SIG Outstanding Midcareer Professional Award. You may recognize her from the SCHC Member Forums!

Course Instructor

Melissa Owen

Melissa Owen is an international lawyer and Latin America expert, guiding international clients on Latin American chemical regulations and ESG (environmental, sustainability, health and safety regulations) for the last 25 years. Mexican born, Ms. Owen is bi-national and multilingual (Spanish, Portuguese, English, Italian, and French). Ms. Owen uses her cultural fluency to guide companies on legal aspects of their business in Mexico, Central, and South America. Her practice includes acting roles as regional inhouse counsel, inhouse auditor, counselling on regulatory and government affairs, and compliance across the region for Fortune 500 companies. She continues to be a thought leader on chemicals management and ESG issues in that region. Ms. Owen is a frequent contributor at international conferences on issues from chemical registration to e-waste. She is an educator on chemical regulations through her online Ambientelegal Academy and author of the weekly LinkedIn newsletter “Around Latin America.”


Course Instructor

Gill Pagliuca

Gill Pagliuca is the Regulatory Products Knowledge Leader for Ricardo Plc’s Chemical Risk team. She has worked in chemical safety for more than 30 years, providing advice and support on REACH, CLP, BPR and Transport of Dangerous Goods regulations for a wide range of customers and products. Gill runs the CHCS modules on classification of substances and mixtures. Gill was Chair of the UK Chemical Hazards Communication Society (CHCS) from 2015-2023. She is still involved with the CHCS.


Course Instructor


Robert Kiefer

Robert Kiefer is the General Manager of REACH24H USA Inc., located in Washington, DC where he has been for the past ten years. REACH24H USA is a subsidiary of REACH24H Consulting Group, a global regulatory consulting company headquartered in Hangzhou, China with offices in Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Ireland, UK, and USA. Robert’s career spans more than thirty years in Washington, DC working for two major trade associations in the chemical and formulated products industries. Prior to joining REACH24H, Robert served as Director of Regulatory & Technical Affairs for the American Chemistry Council (ACC), and before that with the Consumer Specialty Products Association (now HCPA) where he served as Director of Scientific & International Affairs. He has extensive regulatory advocacy experience in domestic and global chemical control regulations, trade policy, hazard communication, consumer products and pesticides. Robert earned a BS in Biology from James Madison University.

Course Topics and Schedule

(Subject to Change)

Saturday, September 21, 2024


Registration / Continental Breakfast






Canadian DSL


Europe REACH
Turkey KKDIK 




South Korea (K-REACH)


Lunch (buffet lunch provided)


Other Asian Countries






New Zealand


On the Horizon, Discussion; Q&A


Registration / Hotel Accommodations / Cancellation Policy

Refer to brochure for details.