Society for Chemical Hazard Communication

 Professional Development Training

Science for the Hazard Communicator (1-day)

PDF Brochure — Course Available September 22, 2019

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Course Description and Objectives

This course is designed to be an overview of the math, chemistry, biology, and environmental science concepts that are fundamentals to chemical hazard communication.  Emphasis is placed on the principles most relevant to an understanding of how chemicals cause adverse health, physical, and environmental effects, and how these effects are quantified and classified.  This course is aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and Body of Knowledge for the AIHA/SCHC SDS and Label Authoring Registry examination. 

This is intended to be a basic course and there are no prerequisites.

Intended Audience

Hazard communication professionals that are new to the profession and whose backgrounds are in areas other than these core sciences.  Also, practicing hazard communicators who simply want to increase the confidence with which they carry out their responsibilities or who are preparing for the AIHA Registry exam and desire to strengthen their skills in these areas.

Course Director / Instructor


Douglas Eisner, M.S.

Doug Eisner has extensive experience managing comprehensive environmental, health, and safety programs, including authoring numerous Safety Data Sheets and product labels, for Fortune 500 companies in the US and he has recently retired from Siemens Water Technologies.  He has been a member of SCHC since 1986 and has served two terms on its Board of Directors.  Mr. Eisner currently is the Society’s Arrangements Chairman.  Mr. Eisner holds a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Organic Chemistry from San Jose State University and is a Registered SDS and Label Author.

Course Instructor


Mark Cohen

Mark has 30 years of environmental, health and safety experience in the fields of hazard communication and chemical regulatory management.  Having held global responsibilities for industrial & institutional products, and consumer products, SDS systems and emergency services; Mark now provides hazard communication services for small and medium chemical manufacturers and distributors.

Course 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 safety, compliance, stewardship, and sustainability for North America - including hazard communication.


Course Topics and Schedule

(Subject to Change)

Sunday, September 22, 2019

7:30-8:00 Registration / Continental Breakfast
8:00-9:10 Introduction
Math and Statistics for Hazard Communication
9:10-9:25 Break
9:25-10:35 Chemistry for Hazard Communication
10:35-10:50 Break
10:50-12:00 Chemistry for Hazard Communication
12:00-1:00 Lunch (buffet lunch provided)
1:00-2:10 Chemistry for Hazard Communication
2:10-2:25 Break
2:25-3:35 Biology for Hazard Communication
3:35-3:50 Break
3:50-5:00 Environmental Science for Hazard Communication


Course Fee: $450.00 / members       $540.00 / nonmembers


Refer to the brochure for registration information.