Society for Chemical Hazard Communication

 Professional Development Training

Toxicology for Hazard Communication (1-day)

PDF Brochure — Course Available March 29, 2020


This course is designed to provide an overview of the principles of toxicology as they relate to hazard communication.  An emphasis is placed on toxicologic principles that directly apply to OSHA health hazards as defined in Appendix A of the HazCom Standard.  The goal of this course is to provide participants with an understanding of the mechanisms by which chemicals produce adverse health effects and provide a foundation upon with hazard determination and classification skills can be developed.  The course is based on an organ and system approach to toxicology.  This involves an understanding of normal organ and system structure, function, and capacity, followed by an assessment of how specific chemicals can alter one or more of these parameters to produce adverse health effects.

This is a basic course and there are no prerequisites.  However, it is recommended that participants have a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology (i.e., college biology).

Intended Audience:

Hazard communication professionals looking to strengthen their understanding of toxicology and to broaden their hazard determination and risk assessment skills.

Course Fee:

$450.00 - Members $540.00 - Nonmembers


Course Director / Instructor:


Robert Skoglund, Ph.D., DABT, CIH

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


Course Instructor:


Catherine F. Jacobson, Ph.D., DABT

Dr. Jacobson is a Senior 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, March 29, 2020

 7:30 - 8:00

Registration / Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 9:10

Principles of Toxicology 

 9:10 - 9:25


 9:25 - 10:35

Toxicology of the Endocrine System
Toxicology of the Hematopoietic System
Toxicology of the Immune System

 10:35 - 10:50


 10:50 - 12:00

Toxicology of the Respiratory System
Toxicology of the Reproductive System
Developmental Toxicology

 12:00 - 1:00

 Lunch (provided)

 1:00 - 2:10

Toxicology of the Cardiovascular System
Toxicology of the Nervous System
Genotoxicity, Mutagenicity and Carcinogenicity

 2:10 - 2:25


2:25 - 3:35

Toxicology of the Liver
Toxicology of the Kidney
Toxicology of the Eye

3:35 - 3:50


 3:50 - 5:00

Toxicology of the Skin
Toxicology of Miscellaneous Target Organs and Systems
Information Resources


 Refer to brochure for registration, cancellation, hotel information.