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.

  • Safer Chemistry Training for Businesses
    This collection of webinars introduces basic green chemistry concepts but also teaches advanced lessons in specific tools and applications of green chemistry.
  • Transitioning to Safer Chemicals training
    This 1.5-day course from the University of Washington School of Public Health and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration teaches participants about transitioning to safer chemicals and the key methods, tools, and databases that can assist in that process.
  • University of Washington's Green Chemistry & Chemical Stewardship Online Certificate Program
    This 8-month online program teaches participants fundamental principles of green chemistry and frameworks for incorporating toxicity and human health into product design, material selections, and supply chain decision-making.
  • GreenScreen® hazard assessment trainings
    Find a wide range of training options for all levels of expertise ranges from free introductory online webinars to in-depth training to assess chemical hazards as an Authorized GreenScreen® Practitioner™.
  • Online Summer Green Chemistry Courses for High School teachers 
    Introductory and Advanced online summer courses are offered each year to provide educators tools to integrate green chemistry principles and practices into their classroom. These courses are online and structured in an interactive go-at-your-own-pace format. Optional graduate education credits available.
  • YouTube playlist of training videos
    Check out past Safer Choice webinars, an OSHA 7225 training, and more on our YouTube channel.

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.

Safer alternatives funding

To supplement certain toxics reduction projects, our Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction program has allocated funding to support businesses that want to purchase and sample safer alternatives and equipment.

Contact your local toxics reduction staff to see if your company’s next project can qualify for safer alternatives funding. If you submit annual Pollution Prevention Plans, the staff assigned to your facility will be listed on the TurboWaste home page. Staff can work with you to scope potential projects and confirm feasibility for funding.