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SIN List: The Fast Track to a Toxic Free World

International Chemical Secretariat

2009

We know enough about toxic substances to understand that many of the chemicals in widespread use today are hazardous. They can, for example, cause cancer, disrupt hormonal systems or adversely affect reproductive functions. In fact, we have identified 267 such chemicals. But lack of awareness, slow legislative processes, resistance from the chemical industry and quite simply blind faith are preventing quick and effective action. What can be done? We can substitute hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives. And that’s what the SIN (Substitute It Now) List is all about.

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Ten Essential Elements in TSCA Reform

Richard Denison, Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
2009
Identifies 10 elements that can facilitate a shift toward knowledge-driven policies that motivate and reward, rather than impede and penalize, the development of information sufficient to provide a reasonable assurance of chemical safety.
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Substitution 1.0 – The Art of Delivering Toxic-Free Products

International Chemical Secretariat

2008

As new information emerges on the potential dangers of hazardous chemicals, and as consumer awareness grows, individual companies are waking up to the implications for their brand image and overall competitiveness.
A growing number of corporations are therefore taking a closer look at the chemical status of their products and reappraising their production processes. The goal is clear: to take control over the chemicals that enter their
operations.

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The Green Screen for Safer Chemicals: Evaluating Flame Retardants for TV Enclosures

Clean Production Action

2007

Three flame retardants that currently meet performance criteria for use in the external plastic housing of televisions were evaluated using the Green Screen framework.

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Ten Fact Sheets: Safe Products Made Safely

Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow

2007

Safe Products Made Safely is a set of 10 fact sheets covering the scientific, economic and common sense arguments for passing the Massachusetts Safer Alternatives Bill.

Body of Evidence: A Study of Pollution in Maine People

Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine
2007
In 2006, thirteen Maine men and women volunteered to have their bodies tested in the first ever study of chemical pollution in Maine people. This study found a total of 46 different chemicals (of 71 tested) in samples of blood, urine, and hair. Recognizing that the safety system for industrial chemicals is broken, the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine recommends that a comprehensive safer chemicals policy should be developed and adopted by government.
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Not That Innocent: A Comparative Analysis of Canadian, European Union and United States Policies on Industrial Chemicals

Environmental Defense with Pollution Probe
2007
Provides for the first time a comprehensive comparison of the European Union's new REACH regulation with existing policies in the United States and Canada that govern industrial chemicals.
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Five Chemicals Alternatives Assessment Study

Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute

2006

that the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) conduct a scientific study to assess safer alternatives for the following five toxic or hazardous chemicals: Lead, formaldehyde, perchloroethylene (PCE), hexavalent chromium and di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP). TURI developed an "alternatives assessment" methodology that was used to evaluate the technical, economic, and environmental, health and safety feasibility of alternatives to the five chemicals for selected uses.
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Implications of REACH for the Developing Countries – Possible Ways and Means to Preserve Their Interests

International Chemicals Secretariat

2006

This report examines the possible effects of the proposed new European chemicals policy, REACH, on developing countries in general and the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) in particular. The report finds that, for the most part, the effects of REACH on ACP countries will be manageable and will not interfere with existing trade patterns.

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Creating Safe and Healthy Spaces: Selecting Materials that Support Healing

Mark Rossi, PhD, and Tom Lent
2006

Outlines the relationship of the materials and products used in a modern healthcare facility to the chemicals to which our communities are exposed. It emphasizes the opportunities available to healthcare organizations to help society break from its dependence upon toxic materials and define the path to healthier, sustainable materials that benefit patients, communities, nature, and the organizational bottom line.
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Healthy Business Strategies for Transforming the Toxic Chemical Economy

Clean Production Action
2006
Six business case studies show how companies are creating value by embedding concerns for human health and the environment into products. They are eliminating toxics, making innovative products, creating new partnerships and supporting policy reform.
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Measuring Chemicals in People - What Would You Say?

Boston School of Public Health
2006
After two months studying the potential effects of body burden the Boston Consensus Conference released this report and its recommendations.
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Sick of Dust: Chemicals in Common Products— A Needless Health Risk in Our Homes

Safer Products Project
2005
Documents the presence of hazardous chemicals in household dust, the health risks associated with the chemicals and the products they are found in. The report also ranks brand name companies and retailers on their use of hazardous chemicals and reveals the fundamental changes that are needed to bring American chemical regulation up to a level that will protect our basic health and that of future generations.
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Toxic Chemicals: What Is The Problem?

International Chemicals Secretariat

2003

The Precautionary Principle: A Common Sense Way to Protect Our Health and Environment, booklet #1.

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Citizen’s Guide to Clean Production

Beverley Thorpe

1999

Examines some key concepts and strategies and offer ways that individuals and groups can help move production and consumption toward a safe, sustainable future. It is not meant to be a detailed hands-on manual, but we hope the examples given and resources listed will empower citizens to take action. This guide is meant for consumers, taxpayers, retailers, local authorities, labor organizations, producers, and planners; in other words, all of us along the chain of production—both makers and buyers.

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