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The Confluence of HazCom and Product Stewardship – Communication Across the Value Chain

Presented in partnership with The Society for Chemical Hazard Communication​

The practice of HazCom is essentially the assessment, classification, and communication of the hazards of materials while that of Product Stewardship is the management of the impacts of materials on humans and the environment. Historically, both have supported a company’s license to operate by ensuring that practices and products were compliant with applicable regulations and industry standards. However, the trend today within leading companies is for HazCom and Product Stewardship functions to be seen as business partners that play critical roles in getting new products to market, keeping products on the market, and differentiating products in the market. In order to accomplish this, HazCom and Product Stewardship practitioners must be willing to go beyond compliance.

This webinar explores the confluence of HazCom and Product Stewardship and build the business case for aligning if not integrating these functions. While HazCom and Product Stewardship functions have evolved along separate paths, successful practitioners from each share many of the same educational, training, and experiential building blocks, and many of the core competencies that define the practices are similar. Furthermore, in this age of streamlined business processes and the pressures to control staffing levels, alignment and integration are key. In addition this webinar explores a case study on the role of HazCom and Product Stewardship in the exchange of hazard, risk, and regulatory information across the value chain – a critical function for keeping a product on the market.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to
  • List the similarities and overlap between the practice of Hazard Communication and Product Stewardship.
  • Differentiate between the “license to operate” and “business partner” aspects of the practice of Hazard Communication and Product Stewardship.
  • Practice the critical roles in getting new products to market, keeping products on the market, and differentiating products in the market.
  • Explain the importance supply chain data management plays in a successful hazard communication and product stewardship program.  
  • Describe how to develop a regulatory data management system and communicate within the supply chain.


Dr. Robert Skoglund, PhD, DABT, CIH, is the Head of Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs for NAFTA at Covestro LLC, a world-leading manufacturer of high-tech polymer materials. Bob has a Doctorate in environmental chemistry, a Masters in toxicology, is working on an M.B.A. in sustainable business, and has 30 years of experience in regulatory and applied toxicology, environmental chemistry, and industrial hygiene. Bob is board certified in toxicology and industrial hygiene, has academic appoints at the University of Minnesota and Indiana University, and is recognized by peers as a thought leader. Areas of proficiency include product EHS and stewardship, hazard and risk assessments, appropriateness of use and alternative analyses, chemical management regulations, and sustainability. In addition, Bob is active in various professional and trade organizations, server on advisory boards for both EPA and NIEHS, participates in advocacy for science-based regulations, and teaches in both graduate level and professional development courses.

Angela Wutz has 15 years of experience in the chemical regulatory field. In her current role as Assistant General Manager for Regulatory Services at Pace Analytical, she oversees 100+ regulatory professionals assisting clients with global regulatory needs in Supply Chain Management, Hazard Communication, and Product Stewardship. Angela holds a BS in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from the University of WI.  


Value Chain/Supply Chain; Hazard & Risk Communication​


​​​​Format- Webinar Recording
Run Time- 1 Hour, 33 Minutes
Credit- 1.5 Hours​

 Learning Level - Competent

A Competent learner can perform to basic standards; has a thorough understanding of the content area but limited practical/work experience in the application of the content/concepts​