Product Stewardship, Green Chemistry, and California’s Safer Consumer Products Regulations
Product stewardship describes the effort to reduce the health, safety, and environmental impacts of consumer products throughout their lifecycle. Green chemistry, a component of product stewardship, is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Product stewardship and green chemistry concepts are being incorporated into both voluntary and regulatory programs across the United States. For instance, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control is currently leading the way from a regulatory perspective with the development of their comprehensive Safer Consumer Product regulations, which were finalzed on October 1, 2013.
ToxStrategies’ expertise in chemistry, toxicology, and engineering provides the critical foundation for assisting clients that want to eliminate/substitute chemicals, reduce environmental impacts, and/or avoid triggering California’s or other regulatory processes. With our experience working with regulatory agencies, we can also help you navigate California’s or other regulatory programs applicable to your product. For example, ToxStrategies scientists and engineers can help you develop alternative analyses for specific chemicals in specific products or product categories (referred to as “priority products” under California’s regulations), including:
- Developing chemical profiles describing physical hazards and environmental fate and transport
- Identifying and evaluating potential human health and environmental impacts
- Quantifying potential human exposures
- Evaluating potential end of life impacts of the product