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Society for Chemical Hazard Communication
 Professional Development Training

Advanced Topics in EHS: Toxicology Testing for Hazard Communication

PDF Brochure — Next Course Offering: Fall 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013
Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel Arlington, Virginia

Course Description and Objectives

The Advanced Topics in EHS series of courses were designed to expand on topics that are introduced in the basic SCHC courses. The topic of toxicology testing was introduced in the SCHC course Toxicology for Hazard Communication.

This course is designed to be an overview of the toxicology tests most commonly used to determine the hazard of a material. This course will assume that participants have a basic understanding of the concepts and terminology of toxicology and will focus on giving the participants a better understanding of the need for toxicology testing, the most common laboratory methods used for health hazard determination, and how those results are used in a product safety evaluation and hazard communication. The focus of the course will be the general principles related to toxicity testing, as well as specifics related to testing for cytotoxicity, acute toxicity, eye and skin irritation/corrosion, skin sensitization, and genotoxicity/mutagenicity. The skills developed in the course will allow participants to better participate in the assessment of the hazard of chemical substances and products.

This is an advanced course. While there are no formal prerequisites for this course, it is recommended that participants have a working knowledge of the principles of hazard communication and toxicology. Participants should have taken the SCHC course Toxicology for Hazard Communication, or be comfortable with the principles presented in this course.

Course Director

Robert Skoglund, Ph.D., DABT, CIH

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.



Course Instructor

Catherine F. Jacobson, Ph.D., DABT

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

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 plays a leadership role in 3M Occupational Exposure Guideline development; California Proposition 65 compliance; consumer product labels; and hazard determination, hazard communication, and risk assessment issues.


Intended Audience

Hazard communication professionals looking to improve their consumer product labeling skills.

Course Fee

$250.00 for members
$340.00 for non-members

Course Topics and Schedule (Subject to Change)

Friday, September 27, 2013
12:00–1:00 Registration and Lunch

Principles of Toxicology Testing
Assessing Cytotoxicity

2:10–2:25 Break

Assessing Acute Toxicity
Assessing Eye Irritation/Corrosion
Assessing Skin Irritation/Corrosion

3:35–3:50 Break

Assessing Skin Sensitization
Assessing Genotoxicity/Mutagenicity


Admission to the course will be on a first come basis. Reserve space and obtain a registration number from the SCHC office by contacting Lori Chaplin at [email protected] or 703-658-9246. To avoid disappointment, do not send payment until a confirmation number has been obtained. Course fee is $250.00 for SCHC Members and $340.00 for nonmembers, and includes notebooks. Payment must be received by August 14, 2013, to secure your space. Space is limited.

Fill out the registration form located on SCHC’s website: http://www.schc.org SCHC accepts checks, Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be given after August 14, 2013. 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 Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel – 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202 (703.920.3230). The rate is $184/night single or double occupancy through September 4, 2013. You must identify yourself with SCHC by using Group code chcchca when making reservations.