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2012 Levi Strauss & Co. Restricted Substance List [PDF]
Abstract: Levi Strauss & Co.'s restricted list of substances for suppliers.
Source: Levi Strauss & Co.

Alternatives Assessment Framework of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production [PDF]
Abstract: Framework designed to evaluate and identify environmentally and sociall preferable alternatives in production, chemicals, materials, products, and economic systems. Core elements include a foundation, assessment process, and evaluation.
Source: Lowell Center for Sustainable Production

American Apparel & Footwear Association Restricted Substance List (RSL)
Abstract: This RSL provides apparel and footwear companies with information related to regulations and laws that restrict or ban certain chemicals/substances in finished home textile, apparel, and footwear around the world.
Source: American Apparel & Footwear Association

Assessment of Alternatives to Perchloroethylene for the Dry Cleaning Industry
Abstract: Alternatives assessment of seven common alternatives to perc to help dry cleaners find technically viable and environmentally preferred methods for cleaning clothes
Source: TURI

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

Chemical Strategies Partnership (CSP)
Abstract: CSP is a non-profit that works with manufacturing companies to redefine the way they purchase and manage chemicals. The model shifts away from a traditional supplier relationship to a strategic alliance with a chemical service provider.
Source: Chemical Strategies Partnership

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

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

Abstract: Good Guide is a products database designed to provide authoritative, ranked information about health, environmental and societal performance of products and companies.
Source: GoodGuide

Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3)
Abstract: GC3 provides a business-to-business forum to convene on the challenges and opportunities for a successful transition to safer alternatives. They facilitate workgroups, host webinars, and provide other information.
Source: Green Chemistry and Commerce Council
URL: (Toys)
Abstract: has tested thousands of toys since 2007. Test results provide customers with information they need to make better choices when purchasing toys and other children's products.

HMIS - Hazardous Materials Identification System
Abstract: Description of the Hazardous Materials Identification System, HMIS® ( developed by the National Paint & Coatings Association) which helps employers comply with OSHA's Hazard Communication (HCS), 29 CFR 1910.1200.
Source: Safety Emporium

ICCA Chemical Risk Assessment Guide [PDF]
Abstract: This article provides a step-by-step approach to Chemical Risk Assessment. The article begins with showing the reader how to gather the information needed in order to conduct the risk assessment. The article further demonstrates how to perform the risk assessment and communicate the outcome.
Source: International Council of Chemical Associations

Labelling for Hazardous Communication
Abstract: An explanation, from Lab Safety Supply, on chemical hazard labelling, including ratings, exemptions, training, and which label is right for different situations and chemicals.
Source: Lab Safety Supply

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Chemical Hazard Ratings
Abstract: A searchable database of both flammable substances and hazardous chemicals and their National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) ratings as designated in NFPA Standard 704.
Source: National Fire Protection Association

Nike Restricted Substances List and Sustainable Chemistry Guidance
Abstract: Corporate restricted substance list for every material used in Nike products, and implementation guide.
Source: Nike, Inc.

OSHA Brief: Hazard Communication Standard: Labels and Pictograms [PDF]
Abstract: Brief factsheet on how OSHA has adopted GHS labels and pictograms as part of the revision of the Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200 (HCS), bringing it into alignment with the United Nations’ system.
Source: OSHA

OSHA Regulations and Official Inspection Guidelines
Abstract: Provides information on how OSHA laws regulate communication of hazard communication and MSDS information for materials found in the workplace. Primary topics include Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS's), Labeling/Signage, and Training.
Source: Interactive Learning Paradigms Incorporated

Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products as Pollutants (PCPP)
Abstract: Information on PPCPs, their environmental impacts, ongoing research, and environmental stewardship opportunities.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency

Pollution Prevention Options Assessment System (P2OASys)
Abstract: This systematic tool helps companies determine compare toxicity and hazard of replacement or substitution options they are considering.
Source: Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI)

Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge
Abstract: Program recognizes chemical technologies that incorporate the principles of source reduction and green chemistry into their design, manufacture and use.
Source: US EPA

REACH Restricted Substances List (RSL)
Abstract: REACH Annex XVII places restrictions on certain hazardous substances on use in a specific product are not allowed to be used, to avoid any unnecessary testing. Typical hazardous substances that are restricted in products include lead, AZO dyes, DMF, PAHs, Phthalates, and PFOS.
Source: REACH

Risk-Screening Environmental Indicators
Abstract: RSEI is a computer-based screening tool that analyzes risk factors to put TRI release data into a chronic health context.
Source: US Environmental Protection Agency

Section 4.3 of OSHA's Guide to The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
Abstract: OSHA section of guidance on the GHS labeling system.
Source: OSHA

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

Skin Deep Cosmetics Database
Abstract: EWG's Skin Deep database provides online safety profiles for consumer cosmetics and personal care products.
Source: Environmental Working Group

The Retailer Portal: Tools to Evaluate Chemical Ingredients in Products [PDF]
Abstract: A pending database and summary document designed to help retailers become educated about the tools and systems available to evaluate and manage chemical ingredients in products.
Source: Green Chemistry and Commerce Council

Toxics Use Reduction Institute: Journal of Cleaner Production Articles, March 2011
Abstract: Annotated bibliography of articles in the March 2011 special issue of the Journal of Cleaner Production, which includes several articles discussing safer alternatives selection and implementation.
Source: Toxics Use Reduction Institute

Abstract: A wiki covering many toxic chemicals, their impacts, and current trends in toxics reduction.

Twelve Principals of Green Chemistry
Abstract: The 12 Principals of Green Chemistry, publised by EPA Assistant Administrator Paul Anastas, Ph.D. and John Warner, Ph.D., provides a roadmap for chemists to implement green chemistry.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. EPA Design For Environment - Alternative Assessments
Abstract: This collaborative program helps industries choose safer chemicals for applications such as fire safety in circuit boards and furniture. Alternatives assessments provide a basis for informed decision making by developing an in-depth comparison of potential human health and environmental impacts.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

VOC Reduction at ESP Lock Products, Inc. [PDF]
Abstract: ESP Lock products replaced highly volatile lubricating oils use in making key blanks, with a non-VOC lubricant and began using ultra-low volume misting units. They saved on materials, and eliminated air quality and flammable compliance requirements.
Source: Toxics Use Reduction Institute


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