GLRPPR Sector Resource: Transitioning to Safer Chemicals: A Toolkit for Employers and Workers
Transitioning to Safer Chemicals: A Toolkit for Employers and Workers
American workers use tens of thousands of chemicals every day. While many of these chemicals are suspected of being harmful, only a small number are regulated in the workplace.
As a result, workers suffer more than 190,000 illnesses and 50,000 deaths annually related to chemical exposures.1 Workplace chemical exposures have been linked to cancers, and other lung, kidney, skin, heart, stomach, brain, nerve, and reproductive diseases.
Establishing a chemical management system that goes beyond simply complying with OSHA standards and strives to reduce or eliminate chemical hazards at the source through informed substitution best protects workers. Transitioning to safer alternatives can be a complex undertaking, but a variety of existing resources make it easier. OSHA has developed this step-by-step toolkit to provide employers and workers with information, methods, tools, and guidance on using informed substitution in the workplace.
By using this toolkit, businesses can improve worker well-being through eliminating or reducing hazardous chemicals, while creating other benefits, including:
- Cost Savings -- Reduce expenses and future risks;
- Efficiency -- Improve performance;
- Industry Leadership -- Invest in innovation to stay competitive;
- Corporate Stewardship -- Advance socially responsible practices.
Includes success stories.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
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