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Safer alternatives to toxic chemicals

Our training, tools, hands-on assistance, and other resources help your company find safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals. Using toxic chemical ingredients in products and manufacturing processes can put your workers, your product's users, and your company's reputation at risk. Switching to safer chemicals not only reduces risk for your staff, customers, and the environment, it could help reduce the cost of managing your chemical waste.

Assessing chemicals and their alternatives

How much do you know about the hazards of the chemicals you use? How do you know whether potential alternatives are really any safer? Databases and other tools can help you identify and compare chemical hazards and evaluate alternatives. If you need assistance assessing chemicals or finding replacements, we can help.

Training and events

Ecology works with other organizations to offer webinars, in-person training, and other opportunities to build the skills you need to explore safer chemicals.


Assistance from Ecology staff

Our chemists, engineers, and other specialists can help you assess the chemicals your company uses and look for safer alternatives. Our help is non-regulatory and free.

EPA's Safer Choice program

How safe are the cleaners and other products you use in your home or office? EPA's Safer Choice label offers shoppers and businesses an easy way to find products that use the safest chemicals available. Manufacturers must submit the chemical ingredients in their products for an independent review that measures them against strict human health and environmental criteria.

The Safer Choice Ingredient List (SCIL) helps manufacturers find safer chemical alternatives for their products. The chemicals on the list are arranged by functional-use class and meet the criteria for the Safer Choice label.

Ecology staff can also provide guidance if you'd like to submit your product to earn the Safer Choice label.