Gain a basic understanding of chemistry for your work

A basic knowledge of chemistry can help us understand the ways in which chemicals may cause harm, both to humans and the environment.

This introductory online training course will provide you with a basic understanding of some of the most common physico-chemical terms used in the prediction of likely exposure routes and hazardous effects.

Expanding your knowledge of chemistry will help you with the identification of structural alerts, the use of appropriate read across and mechanisms of action.

Over two hours, expert chemist and toxicologist Laura Robinson will teach you how to identify some important hazard properties, such as pH and its link with corrosivity, and important exposure routes, including the use of water solubility and Log Kow for predicting absorption, as well as environmental transport and fate. 

A feature of this training course is that, due to a strict limit of 30 delegates, you are encouraged to 'raise your hand' and put questions – just as you would in a classroom environment.

After this online training course, you will be able to:

  • explain the difference between categories of chemicals (organic substances, inorganic substances, metals, polymers and UVCBs);
  • describe the specific ways in which chemicals are named (chemical IUPAC nomenclature) and the use of substance identifiers;
  • outline the way in which chemical properties, such as functional groups (alcohols, amines, halogenated hydrocarbons) influence the toxicity;
  • explain what is meant by a chemical structural alert and their use in predicting potential effects;
  • use commonly available physico-chemical properties (water solubility, vapour pressure, surface tension, and Log Kow) to help predict important exposure routes for human health as well as the implications for environmental fate;
  • outline commonly encountered chemical reactions (oxidation and reduction, hydrolysis, electrophilic reactions) in chemistry and their relevance to both human health and environmental related effects;
  • describe the types of chemical bonding (ionic, covalent, metallic); and
  • explain what is meant by the term 'intermolecular forces' and its significance.

Who should attend?

  • Technical/scientific staff who work in a regulatory department
  • Authors of safety data sheets (SDSs) and/or extended safety data sheets (eSDSs)
  • Occupational hygienists
  • Health and safety staff
  • Dangerous goods safety advisers
  • Sales/marketing teams looking to develop their knowledge of chemistry
  • Occupational health advisers
  • Anyone involved in the chemical industry or other allied professionals
  • Anyone wishing to develop an understanding of chemistry