From: Monona Rossol <0000030664c37427-dmarc-request**At_Symbol_Here**LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Greener Trade Chemical Screening Tools?
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:34:43 -0500
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They need a very specialized hazcom training that also covers the labels they will actually see which are NOT GHS labels, but CPSC labels.   And they need definitions of label and other terms used in the hype the manufacturers used.  For example, they need to know the REAL definitions of VOCs, biodegradable, GRAS, adequate ventilation, and especially the word "nontoxic" as it is used and misused on U.S. labels. 

The also need to know that "green" and "safe" are unrelated terms.  For example, the green and biodegradable solvents such as citrus oil and turpentine are vastly more toxic to the user than petroleum distillates.  Make sure they don't confuse "safer for the earth" with "safer for the user."  

Teach them to read SDSs and actually use this information. And they need to know that if the only information they evaluate is information that comes from the manufacturer, they haven't done their job.  

As for courses, this is what I teach. I have powerpoints and have written books on the subject.  I'll be happy to help in any way I can.   

Monona Rossol, M.S., M.F.A., Industrial Hygienist
President:  Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety, Inc.
Safety Officer: Local USA829, IATSE
181 Thompson St., #23
New York, NY 10012     212-777-0062


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From: Stuart, Ralph <Ralph.Stuart**At_Symbol_Here**KEENE.EDU>
Sent: Tue, Dec 12, 2017 1:09 pm
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Greener Trade Chemical Screening Tools?

I had an interesting conversation this morning with the chair of our product design department about assessing greener alternatives to the trade chemicals (paints, glues, etc.) they use in their metal and woods shops. She is interesting in identifying sources of information that she can use with students and staff to identify greener alternatives (safer and less toxic) to the chemicals they traditionally use in those areas. Based on a short course she recently attended on the topic, she also feels that there is the potential for developing a course for design students on this topic.

I wonder if anyone on the list has identified a specific information source that supports this opportunity or has developed a course on this topic for either undergrad or graduate level non-chemistry students?

Thanks for any information on this.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
603 358-2859


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