AIHA University 3-Part Occupational Toxicology Webinar Series: Mechanisms of Action, SDS Communication, and Hazard Prioritization

Date: Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2024 - Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2024
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EST)
Event Type: Webinars, AIHA Webinars

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Earn 3 Contact Hours

  • Part 1: Liver: Identifying and Managing Common Hepatotoxicants in the Workplace – Tuesday, September 17, 1:00-2:00 pm ET
  • Part 2: Genotoxicity/Carcinogenicity: Identifying and Managing Risk Associated With Occupational Carcinogens – Tuesday, October 22, 1:00-2:00 pm ET
  • Part 3: Respiratory Sensitization: Understanding Mechanisms of Sensitization and Mitigating Risk in the Workplace – Tuesday, November 19, 1:00-2:00 pm ET

Member $250 | Nonmember $300 | Student $25


The AIHA Catalyst Open Forum Post “A Toxicologist is asking: what should I be teaching you?” identified toxicology topics of high need among OEHS professionals. In response to those comments, the Toxicology Webinar Series was developed to address toxicology training needs for individuals preparing for the CIH exam and for OEHS professionals seeking additional toxicology training. The topics of this series reflect requests provided by OEHS professional through the Catalyst Open Forum.

Each lecture in the series will provide a brief review of the target organ/toxic effect, examples of chemicals that may cause injury to that target organ or cause that toxic effect, and a review of how that toxicity is correctly communicated on the SDS. Whenever possible, data sets/case studies provided through the Catalyst Open Forum will be used as the basis for discussion and relevant questions/comments from the Forum will be answered.

Part 1: Liver: Identifying and Managing Common Hepatotoxicants in the Workplace (Tuesday, September 17, 1:00-2:00 pm ET)

As the first lecture in the series, this webinar on the liver will begin with a brief plain language overview of liver physiology, including why the liver is a common target organ for chemicals. Examples of chemicals that cause liver toxicity will be reviewed along with how liver toxicity may be communicated on the SDS. Attendees will be provided access to printable flash cards on liver toxicants that may aid in their future study.

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Explain liver physiology/pathophysiology in plain language
  • Identify toxicological terms used to communicate liver injury
  • Apply an understanding of the mechanisms of liver injury to prioritize chemical hazards
  • Analyze Safety Data Sheets (SDS) more effectively to identify chemicals that cause liver injury
  • Discuss 3-5 chemicals that cause liver injury

Part 2: Genotoxicity/Carcinogenicity: Identifying and Managing Risk Associated With Occupational Carcinogens (Tuesday, October 22, 1:00-2:00 pm ET)

This webinar on genotoxicity/carcinogenicity will begin with a brief plain language overview of both, including what classes of chemicals are common occupational carcinogens. Examples of chemicals that cause cancer will be reviewed along with how genotoxicity and/or carcinogenicity is correctly communicated on the SDS. Attendees will be provided access to printable flash cards on occupational carcinogens that may aid in their future study.

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Explain genotoxicity and carcinogenicity in plain language
  • Identify toxicological terms used to communicate genotoxicity and carcinogenicity
  • Apply an understanding of the mechanisms of carcinogenicity to prioritize chemical hazards
  • Analyze Safety Data Sheets (SDS) more effectively to identify chemicals that cause genotoxicity and/or carcinogenicity
  • Discuss 3-5 chemicals that cause cancer in the occupational setting.

          Part 3: Respiratory Sensitization: Understanding Mechanisms of Sensitization and Mitigating Risk in the Workplace (Tuesday, November 19, 1:00-2:00 pm ET)

          This webinar on respiratory sensitization will begin with a brief plain language overview of lung physiology as it relates to sensitization, including what classes of chemicals are common respiratory sensitizers. Examples of chemicals that cause respiratory sensitization will be reviewed along with how respiratory sensitization is correctly communicated on the SDS. Attendees will be provided access to printable flash cards on respiratory sensitizers that may aid in their future study.

          Learning Objectives

          After this webinar, participants will be able to:

          • Explain respiratory sensitization in plain language
          • Identify toxicological terms used to communicate respiratory sensitization
          • Apply an understanding of the mechanisms of respiratory sensitization to prioritize chemical hazards
          • Analyze Safety Data Sheets (SDS) more effectively to identify chemicals that cause respiratory sensitization
          • Discuss 3-5 chemicals that cause respiratory sensitization

          Presenter

          Renee Hartsook, PhD, DABT

          Dr. Hartsook is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology with 25 years of experience in toxicology and risk assessment. Her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Toxicology and Doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology are from the University of California, Davis. A nonclinical toxicologist with extensive training and experience in pharmaceutical development, medical devices, pulmonary toxicology, GLP audit process and product stewardship, Dr. Hartsook has derived health-based occupational exposure limits across multiple therapeutic areas. In her consulting practice, she assigns occupational exposure bands to >200 compounds per year.