Little Pro on 2019-09-20
In previous two articles, we have analyzed why PSRA can be a good career for you and which companies are hiring. In this article, we will summarize the key skills and technical knowledge you need to become successful PSRA professionals in chemicals industry and related industries.
You need to have a quick overview of regulations related to your products or your operational activities. You also need to constantly track new regulations and the revision of existing ones and summarize them in plain languages that can be understood by other business functions. If you work as PSRA professionals in chemicals industry, chemsafetypro.com can provide a good overview of REACH-like industrial chemical regulations, GHS regulations, food contact regulations and cosmetics regulations. When it comes to global chemical regulation tracking, there is no one providing more timely and accurate info than chemicalwatch.com.
Quite often you need to plan your registrations or notifications 1 to 3 years ahead of your submission. You need to determine which test data is needed and how much resource (labor & finance) is needed to secure regulatory approval. Above all, you need to come up with plans and strategies that can shorten registration timelines. When it comes to dossier preparation, you may prepare your own registration dossier or use services from third party consultants. After you have obtained regulatory approvals, you need to document the information submitted and the approvals obtained.
Advocacy is a very important part of PSRA jobs and you need to be good at this to succeed. You need to proactively engage key policy makers on a wide range of legislative and regulatory matters impacting your products and businesses. Regulators sometimes do not understand your products or businesses. You need to make your voice heard and advocate for reasonable and scientific policies. Quite often you need to prepare and submit comments on draft laws or regulations on behalf of your organization or represent your company in more influential industry associations.
If you work as PSRA professionals in chemicals industry, you must have the basic knowledge of GHS, SDSs, labels and dangerous goods regulations even if you are not a full-time hazard communication specialist, SDS author or DG specialist. Understanding the classification of chemicals hazards and how they are evaluated and communicated is the foundation for chemicals safety management.
Toxicology and chemical risk assessment is the most technical part of PSRA jobs in chemicals industry. Its goal is to have a full understanding of the nature, magnitude and probability of a potential adverse health or environmental effect of a chemical substance. It takes into account of both hazard and exposure. Risk assessment forms the foundation of regulatory decisions for industrial chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food additives and food contact substances in developed countries today. It will be a big advantage for you in the job market if you know toxicology and chemical risk assessment very well. Being a certified toxicologist definitely makes your CV look better.
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