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Chemical Hazards & Safety Data Sheet Training

CHCS offers Modular Training Courses on the writing of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), and related issues such as classification, labelling and other documentation.

About The Course

These Modules are specially prepared for CHCS, and given by acknowledged experts in their fields. The course has been designed with 4 conceptual levels incorporating basic introduction, core knowledge, interpretation and use of knowledge. It is split into several Modules as shown below.

Our training courses are only available to CHCS members, unless you book an "in-house" version (see below). If you aren't a member of CHCS we'd be pleased to welcome you to the Society, and then you may register for our training courses (and other CHCS member-only events). You can JOIN US by completing the form on this website.

Dates & Venues

Click on the title of the course, below, to open the full description, downloadable flier and online booking form.

In-House Training

If you have several people, in your organisation, that you would like to attend one or more of our Modules, it may be worth considering arranging an “in-house” course. We run these just in the same way as our normal modules, but just for your own personnel. We can run any of the modules listed as “in-house”.

If you wish to find out more about “in-house” training options, please contact the CHCS Office (enquiries@chcs.org.uk).

CHCS Training Syllabus

Each Module is designed as a stand-alone course. Modules can be taken in any order, but we recommend that delegates have a solid knowledge of the basic and core subjects before taking modules on the interpretation and use of knowledge. Modules 5 & 11, 6 & 12, 8 & 10, 53 & 20 are normally offered as 'pairs' (presented in consecutive weeks, each module itself on two consecutive mornings). Delegates can nonetheless choose to attend an individual Module from any of those pairs.

Basic introductory modules:

Module 1 Basic SDS Writing

Module 3 Introduction to European and UK Chemical Regulation

Module 5 Basic Toxicology

Module 6 Basic Ecotoxicology

Core knowledge:

Module 4 Poison Centre Notification

Module 8 Classification for Transport

Module 10 Marks, Labels and Documentation for Transport

Module 11 Advanced Toxicology

Module 12 Advanced Ecotoxicology

Module 16 CLP Classification

Module 19 EU CLP Labelling

Module 28 Overview of The Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR)

Module 30 Overview of The Fertilising Products Regulation (FPR)

Module 32 The Cosmetics Regulations

Module 53 Chemical Safety Assessment - The Science and Theory for Risk Characterisation

Module 81 The New CLP Hazard Classes

Interpretation and use of knowledge:

Module 15 Advanced Preparation of Safety Data Sheets (EU & UK)

Module 20 The Extended SDS: Understanding Exposure Scenarios

Module 26 REACH Inquiries Under Article 26

Module 80 UK REACH & GB CLP Practicalities: Linking UK and EU Processes

How To Book

Please note that to ensure the most effective training the Modules will normally be limited to a maximum of 16 students (14 students for the CLP Classification Module). We now operate an online booking system. To book your place, please click on the Module you wish to attend, from the list in "Dates and Venues" above. This will take you to an online form. On-line registration for Modules will be closed to bookings 6 working days in advance of the date of the first session of the training.

Pricing

Our courses are for CHCS members only. If you aren't a member, we'd be delighted to welcome you to the membership and then you can take full advantage of our range of courses. Our online Training booking system will not allow you to book a place until you have become a member of CHCS. To join CHCS, please visit Join CHCS

The full price of all courses, unless otherwise stated* is £285 (+VAT). However, we offer an "early bird" discount of only £260 (+VAT). This price will expire 6 weeks before the course date, after which the full price will apply. We will invoice, and expect payment in full, before the course takes place.

* The full price for the CLP Classification Module (which consists of five half-day sessions) is £710 (+VAT): the "early bird" discount price is £650 (+VAT). The full price for the New CLP Hazard Classes (which consists of 1 half-day session) is £145 (+VAT): the "early bird" discount price is £130 (+VAT).

CHCS membership brings many additional benefits, including news updates and newsletters, and free entry to the CHCS Annual AGM & Industry Lectures.

If you have any questions about registering for a training module or joining CHCS, please do contact the CHCS Office.

Any Questions? 

If you have any questions about registering for a training module or joining CHCS, please do contact the CHCS Office


Our Partner Organisations: BADGP & SCHC

CHCS is delighted to have arrangements with:

Members of both organisations can attend certain CHCS events at CHCS member-only rates and vice versa. If you are a member of either organisation and wish to attend any of our events, please click on the relevant link above to see how to apply.  

     


CHCS News

CHCS 30th Anniversary & 13th Annual Lectures
Registration is now open for the CHCS 30th Anniversary & 13th Annual Lectures on 11th September 2024. More information available on the Events page of the website [Posted on 23 May 2024]

CHCS Webinar: How EU Chemicals Legislation is Made
CHCS have now published the slides and recording from the webinar. CHCS members can access these on the Past Events page of the website [Posted on 22 May 2024]

OSHA has issued a final rule that updates the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) OSHA has issued a final rule that updates the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align primarily with the seventh revision of the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 21 May 2024]

CHCS' May 2024 Newsletter is now available, containing several important updates on the many recent changes to the regulation framework. See CHCS May 2024 Newsletter [Posted on 20 May 2024]

European Parliament votes on key legislation & European Commission announces guiding criteria for essential use
The European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg concludes today, the 25 April. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 25 April 2024]

CHCS Webinar: Canada Consumer Chemical Product Labelling
Registration is now open for the above webinar on 12 June 2024, presented by Denese Deeds. More information available on the Events page of the website [Posted on 19 April 2024]

CHCS Webinar: United States Consumer Product Labelling
Registration is now open for the above webinar on 11 June 2024, presented by Denese Deeds. More information available on the Events page of the website [Posted on 19 April 2024]

Amendments to the GB Cosmetics Regulation
Amendments to the Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 for application in Great Britain (GB), have been notified to the World Trade Organisation, Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO-TBT) Committee. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 15 April 2024]

The Health & Safety Executives Call for Evidence on PFAS in firefighting foams and the EU moves forward with the PFHxA restriction
The Health & Safety Executive, as the Agency for UK REACH on the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals, has opened a Call for Evidence (CfE) on the restriction of Poly-and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in firefighting foams. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 9 April 2024]

ECHA Enforcement Forum: Checking poison centre notifications & compliance of products sold online
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Enforcement Forum is preparing to investigate whether suppliers have notified information regarding hazardous mixtures to poison centres. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 2 April 2024]

The Health and Safety Executive notifies proposed MCL for 48 hazardous chemicals to the World Trade Organisation
The proposed GB mandatory classification and labelling (MCL) of 48 hazardous chemical substances has been notified to the World Trade Organisation, Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO-TBT) Committee. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 27 March 2024]

The European Chemicals Agency publishes latest Assessment of Regulatory Needs Reports
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published the latest Assessment of Regulatory Needs (AoRN) Reports. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 26 March 2024]

GB MCL List Update
Following a Ministerial decision regarding the GB mandatory classification and labelling of 25 chemical substances, an update to the GB MCL list was published on the 2nd March 2024. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 15 March 2024]

CHCS Webinar: EU CLP Changes - From Confusion to Compromise
CHCS have now published the slides and recording from the webinar. CHCS members can access these on the Past Events page of the website [Posted on 28 February 2024]

Latest United States TSCA Inventory is now available
The United States (US) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the latest updated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 23 February 2024]

The United States Environmental Protection Agency notifies a significant new use rule for 329 PFAS to the WTO
The United States (US) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a notice to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Technical Barriers to Trade Committee regarding PFAS. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 21 February 2024]

The HSE UK REACH Report and Work Programme
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as the Agency for UK REACH on the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals, has published a UK REACH Report covering the period 2022/23, along with the Agency Work Programme for 2023/24. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 19 February 2024]

The European Chemicals Agency publishes new chemicals database
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has launched the much anticipated new chemicals database called ECHA CHEM, reporting that it is a ‘new solution for publishing information on chemicals’. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 1 February 2024]

EU Candidate List Substances of High Concern updated
The European Union (EU) Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHC) has been updated with five new chemicals. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 31 January 2024]

Turkey extends KKDIK registration deadlines
The anticipated legal text of the Turkish REACH Regulation (KKDIK), extending registration deadlines, was published in the Official Gazette late December of last year. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 29 January 2024]

ECHA issues updated Guidance for the identification and naming of substances under REACH and CLP
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has updated Guidance for the identification and naming of substances under European Union (EU) REACH and CLP Regulations. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 26 January 2024]

The Health and Safety Executive recommends diisohexyl phthalate for inclusion in the UK REACH Authorisation List
In September 2023, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as the Agency for UK REACH published a draft recommendation for the inclusion of diisohexyl phthalate in the UK REACH Authorisation List (Annex 14). CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 25 January 2024]

21st ATP to CLP Published
The 21st Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to the Regulation on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) has been published. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page [Posted on 10 January 2024]

Endocrine Disruptors - 1st CHCS Video

We have produced our first video for members: "Endocrine Disruptors", which is available to members free-of-charge.

This introductory video explains the various components of the human endocrine system and how they interact, to help understand the mechanisms of endocrine disruptors on human systems.

The video is just over 10 minutes long.

For access to the video, please visit: Endocrine Disruptors Video.

[Posted on 1 July 2019]

CHCS News Summary

  • DEFRA Publishes a Policy Statement on the New UK REACH Alternative Transitional Registration Model (16 November 2023)

  • GB CLP Mandatory List is Updated for the First Time (23 October)

  • European Union Proposal for a Regulation on the Safety of Toys Notified to the WTO-TBT Committee (5 October)

  • EU Public Consultations – Candidate List Substances of Very High Concern (3 October)

  • Germany Withdraws Proposal to Restrict Endocrine-Disrupting Bisphenols (27 September 2023)

  • Public Consultation on the Product Safety Regulatory Framework (26 September 2023)

  • DEFRA Survey on UK REACH (20 September 2023)

  • DFT Publishes Post Implementation Review of CDG Regulations (6 September 2023)

  • United Kingdom Notifies Mandatory Classification and Labelling of 26 Substances to the World Trade Organisation (29 August 2023)

  • Model Regulations, 23rd Revised Edition (29 August 2023)

  • IATA Publishes Significant Changes to the 64th Edition of the Dangerous Goods Regulations (29 August 2023)

  • GHS Revision 10 Published (7 August 2023)

  • EU REACH: PFAS Restriction Proposals (28 July 2023)

  • 20th ATP to CLP Published (25 July 2023)

  • 19th ATP to CLP Published (21 July 2023)

  • NEW - Module 81 on the New CLP Hazard Classes for Experienced Classifiers (18 July 2023)

  • NEW - Module 16 on CLP Classification Extended to Include the New CLP Hazard Classes (7 July 2023)

  • ECHA is Developing a New Data Availability System (2 June 2023)

                CHCS Members can read these News items, and older posts, on the CHCS News Briefings page.

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