ALBANY, N.Y.--()--Organizations aiming to market safer chemicals and chemical formulations—or avoid regulatory challenges—can now automatically assess their ingredients against industry-accepted health and environmental data.
“The incorporation of GreenScreen List Translator functionality enables organizations to easily and instantly screen against the GreenScreen List Translator criteria and to perform the first phase of the full GreenScreen methodology, resulting in significant time savings and the promotion of safer chemistry.”
The Wercs, Ltd.’s safer chemistry software, GreenWERCS™, now incorporates the GreenScreen™ List Translator. The full GreenScreen™ for Safer Chemicals is a comprehensive hazard assessment and decision support method developed by the independent NGO, Clean Production Action. It enables users to assess chemical hazards, identify chemicals of concern and ultimately drive safer chemistry.
The GreenScreen™ List Translator is the portion of the GreenScreen method that is drawn from 850 hazard lists and 36 authoritative sources. The peer-reviewed GreenScreen methodology is aligned with national and international precedents including GHS, OECD testing protocols and European REACH legislation.
By combining the GreenScreen List Translator with GreenWERCS, users can quickly profile chemicals based on List Translator hazard classifications with a mouse click. According to Tom Carter, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at The Wercs, the development is important for organizations that do not have their own internal criteria and want to use an industry approach.
“Some customers simply can’t access the data needed to benchmark product safety,” said Carter. “The incorporation of GreenScreen List Translator functionality enables organizations to easily and instantly screen against the GreenScreen List Translator criteria and to perform the first phase of the full GreenScreen methodology, resulting in significant time savings and the promotion of safer chemistry.”
The system identifies specific hazard endpoints and hazard intensity (e.g. high, medium or low) for chemical product ingredients. The ranking is presented both graphically and in a tabular form, as an easy-to-read List Translator score.
In an ever-changing regulatory, shareholder and consumer environment, the software helps organizations:
- Prioritize chemicals for further review and/or phase-out
- Kick off their search for safer alternatives
- Meet customer demand for safer formulations
- Support environmental management systems
“GreenWERCS will help customers of all sizes along the road to safer and greener chemistry while meeting regulatory and social demands for sustainable products,” said Carter.
About The Wercs, Ltd.
Established in 1984, The Wercs, Ltd. provides software tools and services to help advance the health and safety of the environment in which people work and live. Specifically the company provides global solutions in areas such as multilingual MSDS Authoring, Management and Distribution software and services, retailer compliance, and green chemistry and sustainability solutions. The company offers GHS- and REACH-compliant solutions for all companies, regardless of size and geography. For more information on The Wercs, please call 1-800-572-6501 or visit www.thewercs.com.
About Clean Production Action (CPA)
CPA is an independent NGO that designs and delivers strategic solutions for green chemicals, sustainable materials and environmentally preferable products. www.cleanproduction.org