Society for Chemical Hazard Communication

 Professional Development Training

Alternatives in Animal Testing (0.5-day)

PDF Brochure — last offered March 17, 2019


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 alternatives in animal testing is introduced in the SCHC course Hazard Determination and Risk Assessment.

The goal of this course is to provide an examination of alternatives in animal testing, including the social and political pressures to reduce the use of animals in product testing. Emphasis is placed on the science and various methodologies used for establishing alternatives in animal testing as well as the appropriateness and regulatory limits on the use of these alternatives in hazard communication. The goal of this course is to provide participants with an understanding of the technical aspects of alternatives in animal testing as well as an appreciation of their present and future role in hazard communication. This course has been updated to include the EPA’s strategic plan to reduce the use of vertebrate animal in testing under TSCA.

This is considered to be an advanced course. While there are no formal prerequisites for this course, it is strongly recommended that participants have a working knowledge of SDS and labels and that they have either taken the SCHC course, Toxicology for Hazard Communication, or that they be comfortable with the basic concepts of toxicology.

Course Fee: $275.00 - Member $365.00 - 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 safety, compliance, stewardship, and sustainability for North America.


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 Schedule
(subject to change)

Sunday, March 17, 2019

12:30-1:00 Registration 

Overview of Alternatives in Animal Testing
Modified In Vitro Testing

2:10-2:25 Break
2:25-3:35 In Vitro Testing
Toxicogenomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, and Informatics
3:35-3:50 Break
3:50-5:00 In Silico Methodologies
Regulatory Framework for Alternative in Animal Testing 


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