Basic chemistry essential in the regulatory world

Chemistry is often viewed as a subject which should be left to those who work in chemical science laboratories. 

However, a basic knowledge of chemistry can help in our understanding of the ways in which chemicals may cause harm, both to humans as well as to the environment.  It will help not only to identify some important hazard properties, such as pH and its link with corrosivity, but also important exposure routes. Furthermore, knowledge of chemistry can help in the identification of structural alerts, the use of appropriate read across as well as mechanisms of action.  

Basic knowledge of chemistry is essential in the regulatory world and this introductory webinar will give you a taste of how useful it can be. Topics covered include:

Introduction to chemistry and chemical bonding

  • Atoms, molecules, ions 
  • The periodic table (‘read across in action’)
  • Chemical bonding and its relationship with physicochemical properties
  • Atoms, molecules, ions 

Categories of chemical

  • Organic substances (including functional groups) and inorganic substances and metals.
  • Polymers and UVCB
  • Introduction to chemical nomenclature
  • Functional groups and structural alerts - why and how these can be used

Physicochemical properties 

  • Vapour pressure and volatility
  • Water solubility
  • Octanol water partition coefficient
  • Acids, bases and their relationship to pH

Chemical reactions

  • Hydrolysis
  • Oxidation and reduction reactions
  • Neutralisation reactions
  • Explosives

Who should attend?

This course would be useful for technical or scientific staff who work in a regulatory department, authors of safety data sheets (SDSs) and extended safety data sheets (eSDSs), occupational hygienists, HSE staff, Dangerous Goods Safety Advisors, sales and marketing teams, occupational health advisors, or anyone who is involved in the chemical industry or other allied professions.

Duration of the webinar: 1 hour 30  minutes