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Society for Chemical Hazard Communication

 Professional Development Training

Advanced Topics in EHS: Alternative Assessments (0.5-day)

PDF Brochure — Course Offering: Spring 2016

Course Description

The Advanced Topics in EHS series of courses are designed to expand on topics that are introduced in other SCHC courses.  The topic of alternative assessments is introduced in the Advanced Topics in EHS: Risk Management and Communication course.

This course is designed to provide an overview of the principles of alternative assessments as they relate to the identification, evaluation, and comparison of substitutes for hazardous products and/or components.  This course will focus on the National Research Council’s framework for the evaluation of chemical alternatives and the OECD’s substitution and alternatives assessment toolbox and also address regulatory drives such as California’s safer consumer products regulation.  The objectives of this course are to: 1) provide participants with an understanding of the complexities associated with conducting an alternatives assessment, 2) expose them to the key tools and online databases needed to complete a reproducible and defensible assessment, and 3) to emphasize the role and importance of hazard assessment, classification, and communication in the alternative assessment process.

This is an advanced course.  While there are no formal prerequisites, it is recommended that participants have a working knowledge of health and environmental hazards comparable to that provided in the SCHC courses Toxicology for Hazard Communication and Ecotoxicology for Hazard Communication.

Intended Audience

Hazard communication professionals interested in participating in the assessment of alternatives for hazardous products and components.

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 EHS and stewardship, including hazard communication, for North America.


Course Instructor

Robert Roy, Ph.D., DABT

Dr. Roy is a Lead Toxicology Specialist at the 3M Company. 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

$250.00 - Members
$340.00 - Nonmembers

Course Topics and Schedule

(subject to change)

Monday, April 18, 2016

7:30-8:00 Registration / Continental Breakfast
8:00-9:10 Introduction
Role of Sustainability in the Product Improvement Framework
Framework and Foundation for Alternative Assessments
9:10-9:25 Break
9:25-10:35 Evaluation of Alternatives and Counterbalances
Selecting and Implementing Alternatives
10:35-10:50 Break

Regulatory, Customer, and Supply Chain Drivers for Alternative Assessments

Design for SustainabilityCarcinogenicity


Refer to brochure for registration, cancellation, hotel information.