Society for Chemical Hazard Communication

 Professional Development Training

Risk Management and Communication (0.5-day)

PDF Brochure — Course Offering: March 24, 2014


The Advanced Topics in EHS series of courses were designed to expand on topics that are introduced in the other SCHC courses. The topic of risk management and communication is introduced in the SCHC course Hazard Determination and Risk Assessment.

The objective of this course is to provide an in-depth examination of risk management and communication. For the purposes of this course, risk management is the process of selecting an appropriate response to the risks of chemicals and risk communication is the exchange of information on the risks of chemicals. Emphasis in this course is placed on balancing the technical information from a risk assessment with an understanding of the process and basis for a risk-based decision, the trust and integrity of those involved in the process, and the social, economic, and political concerns that impact a response to risk. The goal of this course is to provide participants with an understanding of the technical and interpersonal aspects of risk management and communication.

This is an advanced course. While there are no formal prerequisites for this course, it is strongly recommended that participants have a working knowledge of chemical hazards and risks and that they have either taken the SCHC course Hazard Determination and Risk Assessment or that they are comfortable with the principles presented in this course.

Course Director/Instructor


Robert Skoglund, Ph.D., DABT, CIH

Dr. Skoglund is a Senior Laboratory Manager at the 3M Company.  His primary responsibilities include corporate oversight of material EHS issues including global hazard communication and other applied and regulatory toxicology issues and programs.




Hillary Carpenter, Ph.D.

Dr. Carpenter is a Toxicologist who recently retired from the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul, Minnesota. His primary responsibilities included conducting human health and environmental risk assessments.  In addition he was responsible for 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.




Tannie Eshenaur, MPH

Ms. Eshenaur is a Principal Planner at the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Her primary responsibilities include serving as a state specialist for health education, community involvement and risk communication activities related to hazardous waste sites and toxic chemical releases.  She is also active in research, development and production of health professional education resources relating to non-occupational exposures to hazardous substances.


Intended Audience

Product EHS professionals that want to expand their understanding of the technical and interpersonal aspects of risk communication and management.

Course Fee

$250.00 for members
$340.00 for non-members

Course Topics and Schedule (Subject to Change)

Monday, March 24, 2014

12:30-1:00 Registration / Continental Breakfast
1:00-2:10 Overview of Risk  Analysis
Framework for Risk Management
2:10-2:25 Break
2:25-3:35 Principles of Risk Management
Principles of Risk Communication
3:35-3:50 Break
3:50-5:00 Modifiers of Risk Communication
REACH - Risk Management and Communication



Admission to the course will be on a first come basis. Payment must be received by February 8, 2014, to secure your space. Space is limited.

Fill out the registration form located on SCHC’s website:
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Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be given after February 8, 2014. No one will be admitted to the course unless all fees have been paid in advance. Substitutions are permitted. Every effort has been made to ensure the information in this brochure is accurate. SCHC reserves the right to modify this course without prior notice or to cancel the course 30 days prior to the course date. In the event this course is canceled, SCHC’s obligation is limited to a full refund of the course fee.

Hotel Accommodations

Arrangements have been made for a block of rooms at the Charleston Marriott– 170 Lockwood Blvd., Charleston, SC 29403 (800.968.3569 or 843.723.2000) The rate is $179/night single or double occupancy through February 28, 2014. You must identify yourself with SCHC when making reservations - the online code is SCHSCHA.