Product hazard assessments are critical in today's marketplace. While contributing to long-term cost savings, they have become an integral part of many companies. During this webinar, the panel will provide a background introduction to hazard assessment for chemical and non-chemical hazards and connect the approaches to the tools and methods presented in Professional Practices of Product Stewardship.

The webinar will incorporate two role-playing case studies in which the panelists present and discuss hazard types and assessment approaches for three different types of products “in development.” The first case study will involve planning the hazard assessments for the products. The second case study will involve discussions of testing options and approaches. This will cover the agencies and organizations with testing standards, approaches to testing for physical hazards, and alternatives to animal testing for evaluating chemical hazards.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand pre-market risk assessment methodologies and the options and optimal approaches for products with different types of hazards.
  • Analyze chemical and non-chemical hazards, describe the type of exposures corresponding to product production for workers and product usage by end-users, and discuss with stakeholder groups the requirements for testing and regulatory obligations in different jurisdictions.
  • Understand available alternatives to animal testing for chemical hazards and be able to identify options and challenges related to both product types and regulatory programs/locations.


Denese Deeds, CIH, SDSRP, FAIHA, President, IHSC, LLC

Denese Deeds is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and co-founder of IHSC, LLC, where she is the Director of Chemical Regulatory Services. She prepares SDS, labels, and other hazard communication documents and assists companies with regulatory compliance. She is a Registered Specialist in SDS and Label Authoring and has extensive experience with hazard assessment and classification. Denese is an AIHA Fellow and past president of the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication. She served on the team that developed the SDS and Label Author Registry and is active on the AIHA Stewardship and Sustainability Committee.

Robert DeMott, PhD, DABT, Principal, Ramboll

Bob DeMott is a board-certified toxicologist and principal at the consulting firm Ramboll. He has conducted and directed risk assessments for more than 25 years relating to products in commerce, end-of-life disposal, and chemical releases from manufacturing facilities. He has completed analyses of chemical components of toys, electronic devices, apparel, shipping materials, building materials, pesticide formulations, and sterilant gases. Bob has directed alternatives assessments supporting ingredient substitution and product sustainability goals and has designed and directed animal and in vitro product safety tests.

Jon Hellerstein, CIH, CSP, Manager, Product Stewardship, Carpenter

Jon Hellerstein maintains Board Certifications as a Certified Industrial Hygiene and Certified Safety Professional and is Manager of Product Stewardship at a privately held global manufacturer of polyols and polyurethane foam products. He has practiced in the Hazard Communication, Product Stewardship, and Sustainability disciplines for about 35 years serving industry and government agencies. Jon developed product stewardship programs for fibrous glass, advanced composites, building materials, paperboard, plastics, and multi-material packaging for food, cosmetics, healthcare, drugs, medical devices, and toys. He has performed exposure and risk assessments to assure product compliance with global product regulatory requirements and the “beyond compliance” requirements of industry-leading companies.