A chemical alternatives assessment is a systematic method of evaluating chemicals currently in use or to be used, and determining whether safer chemical options exist whose use will reduce potential impacts to human health and the environment. A detailed example of an alternative assessment procedure has been created by BizNGO, and is accessible via the link below.
Examples of Safer Chemical Alternatives
When conducting your alternatives assessment, it is important to identify and evaluate all potential hazards of alternative chemicals to ensure that:
- The overall negative impacts of the alternative are quantifiably reduced (i.e. worker exposure, waste generation, etc.)
- Any remaining risks are managed appropriately.
Relevant Higg Index Facility Environment Module (FEM) 3.0 indicators:
Chemicals Management – Level 2: Questions 17, 19, 20