Society for Chemical Hazard Communication

 Professional Development Training

Toxicology for Hazard Communication (1-day)

PDF Brochure — Course Offering: September 27, 2015


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 29 CFR §1910.1200, as updated by HazCom 2012. The goal of this course is to provide participants with an understanding of the principles of toxicology and the mechanism by which chemicals produce adverse health effects, in order to provide a foundation upon with hazard 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.  The skills developed in this course will better allow participants to understand and/or participate in the toxicologic aspects of hazard determinations and risk assessments.

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 Director / Instructor:

Robert Skoglund, Ph.D., DABT, CIH

Dr. Skoglund is presently working on special projects at 3M including the hazard classification of base chemicals, the development of occupational exposure limits, and the assessment of downstream user obligations under EU REACH.


Course Director / Instructor:


Hillary Carpenter, Ph.D.

Dr. Carpenter is retired from being a Toxicologist at the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul, Minnesota. His primary responsibilities included the conducting human health and ecological risk assessments.  In addition he was involved with the development of health-based toxicity values for environmental contaminants such as industrial chemicals, pesticides and metals.  Dr. Carpenter also provided toxicological support for the Minnesota Fish Consumption Advisory Program.



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 products and other materials for several 3M business units.  In addition, she is responsible for authoring of hazard communication documents, tracking emerging material EHS regulations, and developing comprehensive health hazard profiles for 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 plays a leadership role for California Proposition 65 compliance, consumer product labels, and hazard determination, hazard communication, and human risk assessment issues.

Course Fee:

$400.00 - Members
$490.00 - Nonmembers

Course Topics and Schedule

Subject to change
Sunday, September 27, 2015


Registration (continental breakfast provided) 


Principles of Toxicology 




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




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


 Lunch (provided)


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




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




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


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