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NSF International Offers GreenScreen Evaluations to Identify Safer Chemicals

New program complements NSF’s growing green chemistry services

Published: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 14:48

(NSF: Ann Arbor, MI) -- NSF International, an independent global organization that writes public health standards and certifies products for food, water, and consumer goods, now offers chemical reviews in accordance with Clean Production Action’s (CPA) GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals program. GreenScreen reviews, which are offered through NSF International’s Sustainability division, allow organizations to substitute hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives.

The Clean Production Action (CPA) GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals is a comparative chemical screening method that focuses on hazard reduction and informed substitution. NSF’s team of toxicologists, chemists, and biologists perform comparative chemical hazard assessments by reviewing product ingredients and formulations in accordance with the GreenScreen protocol. Based on this analysis, chemicals earn one of four benchmark scores, each defining progressively safer chemicals. For example, benchmark one indicates a chemical of high concern, while benchmark four indicates a chemical with low hazard levels. Benchmark U is reserved for chemicals with insufficient data.

Offering GreenScreen chemical reviews complements NSF Sustainability’s expanding portfolio of green chemistry and sustainability services. NSF Sustainability helps companies make informed chemical and material decisions by evaluating specific products or full chemical inventories against a number of chemical hazard-assessment programs. These include Green Screen, Design for the Environment (DfE), a partnership program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and CleanGredients from GreenBlue, a nonprofit organization that equips business with the science and resources to make products more sustainable.

“The NSF Sustainability division possesses both the toxicology expertise and technical capabilities to perform high-quality GreenScreen evaluations,” says Lauren Heine, consulting co-director for Clean Production Action. “With support from organizations like NSF Sustainability, GreenScreen will help to quickly and effectively move manufacturers toward the use of inherently safer chemicals.”

“NSF Sustainability’s Green Chemistry services help companies gain information and an understanding of a chemical’s potential risk so they can choose safer chemical alternatives,” says Tom Bruursema, general manager of NSF Sustainability. “The GreenScreen program helps prevent the costly mistake of choosing an alternative chemical that is later found to be hazardous. NSF’s green chemistry programs contribute to the growing need for standardized chemical information programs that make it easier to choose safer, environmentally preferable chemicals.”

Organizations seeking additional information about NSF Sustainability’s Green Chemistry programs should contact Dennis Gillan at (734) 476–2543, e-mail dgillan@nsf.org, or visit nsfsustainability.org.

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Manufacturers, regulators, and consumers look to NSF International for the development of public health standards and certification programs that help protect the world’s food, water, consumer products and environment. NSF’s mission is to protect and improve global human health. As an independent, accredited organization, its standards group facilitates the development of standards, and its service groups test and certify products and systems. NSF also provide auditing and risk management solutions for public health and the environment.