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Background and Overview
Reasons for Action
Identifying Chemical Hazards - Labeling Systems
Related Efforts, Tools, and Resources
Case Studies and Examples
Where to Go for Help
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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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Assessing the Safety of Chemical Alternatives
Abstract: Washington State Department of Ecology is working with 7 other member states of the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2) to create alternatives assessment guidance. Drafts and related documents can be found at this link.
Source: WA State Dept of Ecology (and Others)

California's Green Chemistry Initiative
Abstract: Reducing impacts of toxic chemicals on public health and the environment by expanding P2, developing green chemistry workforce education and training, creating an online product ingredient network and toxics clearinghouse, requiring industry to find greener and safer alternatives through regulations, and moving toward a "cradle to cradle" economy.
Source: California Department of Toxic Substances Control

ChemHAT - Chemical Hazard and Alternatives Toolbox
Abstract: Tool/database for gleaning hazard information about many chemicals. Provides icons for hazards, exposure and protection information, and links to data and case studies for safer alternatives.
Source: IUE-CWA, the Industrial Division of the Communications Workers of America and the BlueGreen Alliance (BGA)

Chemical Assessment and Ranking System (CARS)
Abstract: A decision support tool that uses a credible database of chemical hazard related information, in conjunction with chemical use, to assess and rank chemicals and set goals for substituting or eliminating.
Source: Zero Waste Alliance

Chemicals Prioritization: An Approach by the American Chemistry Council (ACC)
Abstract: The American Chemistry Council's (ACC)'s approach to prioritizing chemicals is used to identify priority substances that should be further evaluated and could lead to risk management measures. The ACC's approach is both science and risk-based, and utilizes existing data used by industry and regulation.
Source: American Chemistry Council

Abstract: An online database of institutional and industrial (I&I) cleaning product ingredient chemicals, providing verified information about the environmental and human health attributes of listed ingredients
Source: GreenBlue

Data Sources for Chemicals of Concern
Abstract: An annotated bibliography (with links) of toxicity and hazarad data sources for specific chemicals of concern.
Source: Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse

Design for the Environment (DfE) Program Alternatives Assessment Criteria for Hazard Evaluation [PDF]
Abstract: The EPA's DfE Program developed this criteria as a transparent tool for evaluating and differentiating among chemicals based on their human health and environmental hazards.
Source: U.S. EPA

Domestic Substances List
Abstract: An inventory of approximately 23,000 substances manufactured in, imported into or used in Canada on a commercial scale, with authoritative rankings on several toxicity endpoints or categorizations.
Source: Environment Canada

DuPont: Proposed Alternatives Assessment Framework [PDF]
Abstract: DuPont's approach to their chemical selection is based on pressure from society to make decisions based on more than just regulations.
Source: California Department of Toxic Substances Control

Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals
Abstract: Worldwide initiative to promote standard criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health, physical and environmental hazards.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency

Pesticides: International Activities Regarding the Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
Abstract: GHS specifies certain elements such as hazard statements, pictograms, and signal words to be required on pesticide labels. Precautionary statements are required on all labels. GHS implementation will require extensive outreach, education, and training.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Proposition 65: Chemicals Known to Cause Cancer or Reproductive Toxicity (California) [PDF]
Abstract: The Prop65 list of toxic chemicals that are known, in the state of California, to cause cancer or reproductive harm.
Source: California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

SIN List Database
Abstract: The SIN (Substitute It Now!) List is a list of 378 chemicals that are identified as Substances of Very High Concern based on the criteria established by chemical regulation under REACH.
Source: International Chemical Secretariat

Tool for the Reduction and Assessment of Chemical and Other Environmental Impacts (TRACI)
Abstract: TRACI allows for the examination of the potential for life cycle impacts (including toxicity) associated with raw material usage and chemical releases resulting from the processes involved in producing a product.
Source: US EPA, National Risk Management Research Laboratory


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