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Online Toolbox for Safer Chemical Substitution

green chemicalsThe EPA, the University of Wisconsin Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development have launched an online toolbox to help companies use safer chemicals.

The OECD Substitution & Alternatives Assessment Toolbox includes resources relevant to chemical substitution and alternatives assessments. Alternative assessments are processes for identifying, comparing and selecting safer alternatives to replace hazardous chemicals with the objective of promoting sustainable production and consumption.

The Toolbox has four resource areas:

Last November the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration developed a step-by-step toolkit to help businesses eliminate or reduce hazardous chemicals in the workplace.

Other benefits of using the tookkit include cost savings through reduced expenses and future risks, improved efficiency, industry leadership and corporate stewardship, OSHA says.

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