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Title CHCS Training “Basic Ecotoxicology” (Module 6)
Organiser Chemical Hazards Communication Society (CHCS)
Location London

The importance in understanding the fate and effects of chemicals in environment

Popular science is full of phrases such as ‘biodegradable’ and ‘environmentally friendly’, but is there really anything that is friendly to the environment? And are biodegradable materials safe? And why should we be bothered if a Daphnia dies?

To enable the chemical industry to take a responsible position in the care of the environment, it is important for those involved to have at least a basic understanding of the terms used in describing the fate and effects of chemicals in the environment and to understand how to test for environmental impact.

This one-day training module is intended for those working within the chemical industry who need to understand the relationship between potential hazards of materials to the environment and the SDS.

Whether receiving or writing an SDS, it is necessary to understand Section 12 of the SDS and the corresponding classification in Section 2. There is a lot of jargon used and this Module is intended to demonstrate the basics of ecotoxicity and remove some of the mystery of this topic.

Topics Covered Include:

  • the importance of knowing potential environmental effects
  • background to regulatory requirements for testing
  • test method references
  • basic types of ecotoxicity studies
  • descriptions of terms and jargon
  • importance of physico chemical properties
  • supporting chemical analysis
  • biodegradation and persistence
  • application of CLP with basic classification
  • understanding of Section 12 of the SDS

Numbers on the course are restricted to enable an informal atmosphere of discussion and time is being made available for group work examining some of the practical issues of study design and data interpretation.

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