Society for Chemical Hazard Communication

 Professional Development Training

Who Really Understands How to Read a Safety Data Sheet

View Brochure — Available September 19, 2022

Course Description and Objectives

OSHA requires employees to have access to SDS’s and understand them.  Very few safety, hazardous material, and industrial hygiene professionals truly know how to understand the data in an SDS let alone “all employees.”  This course will delve into the understanding of the technical content in a SDS with a special emphasis on toxicology.  The course will also cover how to manage misleading information, review of specific sections for use such as shipping and disposal, and address the confusing topic of pharmaceutical SDS’s.  This is considered an intermediate to advanced webinar.

After completion of this course participants should be able to

  • Know when to disregard extraneous information
  • Know how to manage SDS’s for non-hazardous materials
  • Understand what information needs to be included
  • Manage proprietary information
  • Understand the basic legal requirements of use and creation of SDSs
  • Understand the technical content (e.g. Toxicology and rating systems) in a SDS’s
  • Be able to determine hazard classes for shipping
  • Provide appropriate guidance on use of PPE

Intended Audience

Hazard communication, safety, environmental, health, & hazardous material, professionals and industrial hygienist looking for a practical approach on understanding and using safety data sheets to truly inform employees of the hazards of materials that they are subject to

Course Fee:         $450 / members       $580 / nonmembers


Course Director / Instructor

Bruce A. Donato, CSP, CHMM, QEP, CECD 

Bruce Donato is a principal with K & A First Aid and Safety Inc., providing safety consulting, training, and emergency preparedness services for many industries. His broad experience base has lead him to help EHS professionals learn how to understand and find pertinent information in SDS’s such that they can provide a safe working environment for their workers and colleagues.

He conducts numerous “train the trainer” courses for safety, industrial hygiene, hazardous materials professionals on various topics such as

  • Respiratory Protection Training and Fit Testing
  • Respiratory Administrator Training
  • Understanding the GHS and SDS
  • State COVID/Pandemic Implementations
  • Confined Space Entry

He is very active in many EHS associations. He has been the president and chair of the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) and the Chair of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Local Section Council (LSC). He is an editor of the 4th edition of the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals Desk Reference. 

He holds a BSE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Course Topics and Schedule
(Subject to Change)

Monday, September 19, 2022


7:30 – 8:00

Registration / Continental Breakfast

08:00 – 09:00

  • Introductions and baseline self-evaluations.

09:00 – 09:10


09:10 – 10:00

  • Regulatory background and fundamentals

10:00 – 12:00

Deep Dive into Technical Content

  • GHS classification based on exposure limits
  • NFPA and HMIS ratings based on defined criteria
  • Understanding of all physical and chemical properties of materials

Understanding reactivity, stability, and storage

12:00 – 1:00


1:00 – 2:30

  • Toxicology and the SDS

2:30 – 3:30

Understanding misleading information (aka debunking the SDS)

3:30 – 4:30

Other sections

  • Shipping
  • Disposal (“follow federal and local regulations” is not helpful)
  • Managing non-hazardous components
  • Managing proprietary information
  • Pharmaceutical SDS’s

4:30 – 5:00



See brochure for Registration information, Cancellation Policy, Hotel Accommodation.