Society for Chemical Hazard Communication

 Professional Development Training

Hazard Communication for the European Union (CLP)
Overview of Requirements and Practical Examples in SDS and Label Preparation

PDF Brochure — Course Offering: Spring 2015

Dangerous substances; dangerous preparations; European Union directive; hazard communication; Risk and Safety Phrases; R phrases; S phrases; classification; packaging; labeling; safety data sheets; labels; conventional method; symbols; pictograms; health hazards; physico-chemical hazards; ecotoxicological hazards; CLP training; CLP course.


The European Union implemented the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) through its Classification, Labeling & Packaging Regulation (CLP) which becomes fully effective on 1 June 2015. This workshop has been revised to focus on the CLP regulation as it will be in effect on that date. This course comprises an in-depth look at the EU requirements for classifying chemical products, both substances and mixtures, and then for communicating their hazards through a comprehensive program of labels and Safety Data Sheets. Thus, students will learn to classify both substances and mixtures for physical, health and environmental effects according to the CLP and to prepare the appropriate SDS and labels.

The course uses many hands-on exercises throughout to teach how to classify substances and mixtures and to use the results of those classifications in preparing Safety Data Sheets and labels that comply with the EU requirements. The course will also briefly cover the extended Safety Data Sheet, which is unique to the EU. Students will also be advised on how to meet interim requirements that apply until 1 June 2015.

Intended Audience

This is considered to be an advanced course. While there are no specific prerequisites, it is strongly recommended that participants possess a working knowledge of SDS and labels and an understanding of the principles of the GHS.

Course Director/Instructor:

Michael J. Reale, Ph.D.

Dr. Reale received his Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry in 1966 from Fordham University, and has over 46 years’ experience in the chemical field as an industrial chemist and consultant. In his practice he has worked extensively with the US, Canadian, and EU regulations on hazardous substances and mixtures, and has classified diverse consumer and specialty products - both pure substances and mixtures - and has, for many years, prepared Safety Data Sheets complying with the 16-section format. Dr. Reale lectures extensively in this field, and conducts training programs for clients.

He has been an active member of the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication since 1981 and was a member of its Board of Directors for 14 years. Dr Reale lectures extensively on hazard communication, has co-authored Material Safety Data Sheets - A Writer's Desk Reference, authored a chapter in Improving Safety in the Chemical Laboratory, and provided informative responses to questions for Compliance Magazine.
Course Instructor:

Pamela Kreis

Ms. Kreis is the Vice President and co-founder of Scientific & Regulatory Solutions, LLC, an environmental consulting firm that specializes in assisting chemical manufacturers, importers, and processors with the reporting and recordkeeping requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), TSCA-like chemical regulations in other countries, and the requirements under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). Pam assists companies in developing comprehensive product safety programs, auditing existing programs, supporting client efforts in generating both domestic and international Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and/or product labels.

Pam is a frequent speaker at in-house company TSCA training courses, public TSCA seminars, international hazard communication courses and international chemical control law courses. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Delaware and has taken a variety of other courses and seminars in the sciences and product safety areas. She is an active member of the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication.

Course Fee
$750.00 members
$840.00 non-members

Course Topics and Schedule

(subject to change)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

8:00–8:30 Registration / Continental Breakfast



(Includes two
10 min. breaks)

Introductions/ Course Approach
Overview of the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation
Classification Criteria
     Physical Hazards of Substances
     Health Hazards of Substances
     Environmental Hazards of Substances
Classification Exercises
Classification and Labelling Inventory

12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)


(Includes two
10 min. breaks)

Classification of Mixtures
     General Principals
     Physical Hazards
     Health Hazards
     Environmental Hazards
Classification Exercises

Sunday, March 15, 2015 
8:00–8:30 Continental Breakfast



(Includes two
10 min. breaks)

Discussion of Overnight Problem
Safety Data Sheets
     Sections 1 - 3
     SDS Exercise 1 and Discussion
     Sections 4 - 8
     SDS Exercise 2 and Discussion
     Sections 9 - 10
     SDS Exercise 3 and Discussion
     Sections 11 - 16
     SDS Exercise 4 and Discussion

12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)


(Includes two
10 min. breaks)

Labelling of Substances and Mixtures
     Label Elements
     Selection of Precautionary Statements
     Labeling Exercise
Extended Safety Data Sheet (Section 17)
Trade Secrets
Interim SDS requirements (until 1 June 2015)

Registration / Hotel Accommodations / Cancellation Policy
See brochure for details.