Science, or a Pseudo-Science in Chemical and Product Sustainability Decisions?

 

Societal safety and health decisions are routinely based upon the science of risk assessment. Hazards are recognized, evaluated and subjected to protective mechanism considerations. Hazardous vaccines are used to responsibly cure diseases by carefully designing treatment regimens and exposure levels. Foods with hazardous constituents (e.g. potatoes with arsenic {rat poison} and nickel {carcinogen}) are eaten regularly, because of mechanisms within our bodies that protect us from the untoward effects. Coffee is consumed everyday by 54% of Americans over the age of 18, because the pick-me-up benefit from the caffeine is considered greater than the potential cancer hazard from the natural constituent, acrylamide, at the levels consumed. We regularly ride in vehicles near tanks filled with toxic, flammable and potentially explosive gasoline, because we perceive the risk to be acceptable. In each of these choices (and many more) we do not base our usage decisions solely upon the pseudo-science of hazard assessment.

 

Recent trends for evaluating chemical products in the U.S. are based increasingly upon the pseudo-science of hazard assessments that too often result in banned chemicals posted on Restricted Substance Lists without consideration of exposure levels, protective mechanisms, or lifecycle impacts. Even pending regulations for chemical Alternative Assessments are generally triggered by perceived hazard-history of safe usage. Exposure levels and costs of replacement, are at best lesser factors.

 

Enhanced GreenSuite® utilizes the science of risk assessment to perform rapid and cost effective chemical and product sustainability assessments applicable across each stage of the product lifecycle. This Web-based analytical compliance software, populated with requisite reference data, effectively assures science is again the basis for chemical and product sustainability decisions.

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