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IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As businesses around the world, including those in the healthcare industry, are beginning to recognize the negative impact that chemicals have on human health and the environment, Vizient, Inc. today announced a major step toward measuring and voluntarily phasing out toxic chemicals. In partnership with the Chemical Footprint Project, the first-ever common metric for publicly benchmarking chemical use and management, Vizient is joining forces with other leaders in the healthcare industry -- including Kaiser Permanente, Partners Healthcare and Inova Health Systems -- to not only reduce the use of toxic chemicals, but to demonstrate that it is possible to operate just as efficiently using safer alternatives. (For a full list of signatories to the Chemical Footprint Project, click here.) “The members we serve expect products that are safe and healthy, both for them and for the environment,” says Brent Gee, associate vice president, Strategic Programs. “The Chemical Footprint Project allows us, working together with our suppliers, to measure our progress on the journey to safer chemicals, contributing to the best possible care for our members’ patients and caregivers as well as the well-being of our planet.” Similar to Carbon Footprinting, the Chemical Footprint Project aims to: The tool asks 20 questions in four key areas: The Chemical Footprint Project’s Assessment Tool is the result of years of collaboration between the tool’s creators (Clean Production Action, The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production and Pure Strategies) and leading firms in the healthcare, retail, government, building product, electronics, apparel, cleaning, beauty and personal care, and investment sectors. According to Dr. Mark Rossi, executive director of Clean Production Action, “The Chemical Footprint Project gives voice to the demands of consumers for companies to be on the path to safer chemicals in products. Major companies across all sectors are already asking their suppliers to use the Chemical Footprint tool to measure and improve their progress to safer chemicals.” For more information about the Chemical Footprint Project, please visit www.chemicalfootprint.org. Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country, provides innovative data-driven solutions, expertise and collaborative opportunities that lead to improved patient outcomes and lower costs. Vizient serves a diverse membership and customer base which includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care providers and represents almost $100 billion in annual purchasing volume. The Vizient brand identity represents the integration of VHA Inc., University HealthSystem Consortium and Novation, which combined in 2015, as well as the recently acquired MedAssets’ Spend and Clinical Resource Management (SCM) segment, which includes Sg2. In 2016, Vizient received a World’s Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute. Vizient headquarters is based in Irving, Texas, with locations in Chicago and other cities across the United States. Please visit www.vizientinc.com as well as our newsroom, blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube pages for more information about the company. The Chemical Footprint Project is a project of the environmental non-profit Clean Production Action. Joining Clean Production Action as founding organizations of the CFP are the research institute The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the sustainability consultancy Pure Strategies. The mission of the CFP is to transform global chemical use by measuring and disclosing data on business progress to safer chemicals.


Geiser K.,University of Massachusetts Lowell | Tickner J.,University of Massachusetts Lowell | Edwards S.,University of Massachusetts Lowell | Rossi M.,Clean Production Action
Risk Analysis | Year: 2015

Chemical alternatives assessment is a method rapidly developing for use by businesses, governments, and nongovernment organizations seeking to substitute chemicals of concern in production processes and products. Chemical alternatives assessment is defined as a process for identifying, comparing, and selecting safer alternatives to chemicals of concern (including those in materials, processes, or technologies) on the basis of their hazards, performance, and economic viability. The process is intended to provide guidance for assuring that chemicals of concern are replaced with safer alternatives that are not likely to be later regretted. Conceptually, the assessment methods are developed from a set of three foundational pillars and five common principles. Based on a number of emerging alternatives assessment initiatives, in this commentary, we outline a chemical alternatives assessment blueprint structured around three broad steps: Scope, Assessment, and Selection and Implementation. Specific tasks and tools are identified for each of these three steps. While it is recognized that on-going practice will further refine and develop the method and tools, it is important that the structure of the assessment process remain flexible, adaptive, and focused on the substitution of chemicals of concern with safer alternatives. © 2015 Society for Risk Analysis.


PubMed | University of Massachusetts Lowell and Clean Production Action
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Risk analysis : an official publication of the Society for Risk Analysis | Year: 2016

Chemical alternatives assessment is a method rapidly developing for use by businesses, governments, and nongovernment organizations seeking to substitute chemicals of concern in production processes and products. Chemical alternatives assessment is defined as a process for identifying, comparing, and selecting safer alternatives to chemicals of concern (including those in materials, processes, or technologies) on the basis of their hazards, performance, and economic viability. The process is intended to provide guidance for assuring that chemicals of concern are replaced with safer alternatives that are not likely to be later regretted. Conceptually, the assessment methods are developed from a set of three foundational pillars and five common principles. Based on a number of emerging alternatives assessment initiatives, in this commentary, we outline a chemical alternatives assessment blueprint structured around three broad steps: Scope, Assessment, and Selection and Implementation. Specific tasks and tools are identified for each of these three steps. While it is recognized that on-going practice will further refine and develop the method and tools, it is important that the structure of the assessment process remain flexible, adaptive, and focused on the substitution of chemicals of concern with safer alternatives.


News Article | March 31, 2016
Site: www.sej.org

"A new report from six health and environmental groups finds 67 percent of nearly 200 food cans from dozens of brands and retailers tested positive for Bisphenol A, a hormone-disrupting chemical linked to increased risk of breast and prostate cancers, infertility and type-2 diabetes. The report, “Buyer Beware: Toxic BPA & Regrettable Substitutes in the Linings of Canned Food,” was a collaborative effort by: the Breast Cancer Fund; Campaign for Healthier Solutions; Clean Production Action; Ecology Center; Environmental Defence (Canada); and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families’ Mind the Store campaign. “Our findings were alarming,” the authors say. “We expected that the explosion in consumer demand for BPA-free packaging would have resulted in swifter action by canned food brands and retailers. However, 67 percent of the 192 cans tested 129 contained BPA-based epoxy in the body and/or the lid.”" "California Delays BPA Warning So Low-Income People Won’t Be Scared of Canned Food" (KQED)


Lavoie E.T.,U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | Heine L.G.,Clean Production Action | Holder H.,Hewlett - Packard | Rossi M.S.,Clean Production Action | And 5 more authors.
Environmental Science and Technology | Year: 2010

The pace of substituting away from chemicals of concern is accelerating. Industry,NGOs,andgovernments are all playing roles in identifying safer alternatives. Substitution that is not informed by the best available information and science can lead to unintended and undesired consequences. Alternative chemicals might have human health andenvironmental profiles that are similar to those of the chemicals of concern or that are different but pose concern for other end points. Uninformed decisions may cause industry to incur costs repeatedly in moving from one alternative to another. CAAs are a proven tool for informing substitution to safer alternatives and minimizing the likelihood of unintended consequences. Their track record has made them a risk managementoption under EPA's existing chemical action plans.CAAs are in progress for BPA in thermal paper and the flame retardant decaBDE. Even when a CAA does not identify an optimal alternative, the tool proves valuable in clarifying the state of the scien eamongpotential alternatives and pointing to the need for chemical research andinnovation: effectively posing a focused green chemistry challenge. The DfE CAA methodology outlined here provides a strong foundation for comparing alternatives and informing substitution to safer chemicals in a wide range of industries and applications and may serve as a critical tool for guiding chemical risk management and innovation in the future. © 2010 American Chemical Society.


Thorpe B.,Clean Production Action
Journal of Cleaner Production | Year: 2011

The Massachusetts' Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) of 1989 set an important milestone in the roadmap to Clean Production. The Act's focus on a clear definition, methodology, and mandatory planning requirements have proved successful in getting companies in Massachusetts to reduce their use of toxic chemicals in manufacturing processes. Such results are inspirational for government officials and advocacy groups attempting to reduce toxic emissions in their communities and set progressive chemicals use policies. This paper will summarize three initiatives where TURA was a catalyst and continues to impact international chemicals policy: the Sewer Use By-law in Toronto, Canada; the European Union's REACH chemicals legislation and the international campaign by Greenpeace in Asia and Latin America to achieve zero discharge of hazardous substances into rivers. The example of Toronto and REACH show how one or more essential aspects of TURA were incorporated into legislation. In the case of REACH TURA's requirement of mandatory planning became an important example and NGO demand during the formation of Europe's new chemicals regulation and resulted in the first substitution assessment planning requirement in EU wide legislation. Work is now ongoing to promote TURA type legislation in Latin America and Asia. However the ability to transfer the TURA framework to regions with inadequate government oversight and cheap disposal costs is seriously hampered. Although NGO campaigns in Asian and Latin America advocate zero discharge of hazardous emissions through toxics use reduction and elimination, much training and accountability will be needed within government and companies to understand the benefits of toxics use reduction and actually implement all or parts of the TURA framework. The Toxics Use Reduction Act came into force in 1989 with high environmental awareness, an engaged citizenry and a responsive government entity. Perhaps these are the same conditions that must exist for its successful transference to industrializing countries. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Rossi M.S.,Clean Production Action
New solutions : a journal of environmental and occupational health policy : NS | Year: 2011

This paper details how businesses and environmental organizations are collaborating to define and implement a visionary agenda for integrating safer chemicals into products, describing the challenges they confront and how they are overcoming those challenges. The framework for this assessment is the Principles for Chemicals Policy developed by the Business-NGO Working Group for Safer Chemicals and Sustainable Materials (BizNGO). The four principles--1) knowing and disclosing chemicals in products, 2) assessing and avoiding hazards, 3) committing to continuous improvement, and 4) supporting public policies and industry standards--while appearing to be straightforward, are, in fact, very complex to implement in practice. Together businesses and environmental organizations are charting a path to safer chemicals by sharing best practices, addressing technical aspects of safer chemicals substitution, and analyzing and supporting public policies that advance the rapid development and diffusion of greener chemicals in the economy.


PubMed | Clean Production Action
Type: Journal Article | Journal: New solutions : a journal of environmental and occupational health policy : NS | Year: 2011

This paper details how businesses and environmental organizations are collaborating to define and implement a visionary agenda for integrating safer chemicals into products, describing the challenges they confront and how they are overcoming those challenges. The framework for this assessment is the Principles for Chemicals Policy developed by the Business-NGO Working Group for Safer Chemicals and Sustainable Materials (BizNGO). The four principles--1) knowing and disclosing chemicals in products, 2) assessing and avoiding hazards, 3) committing to continuous improvement, and 4) supporting public policies and industry standards--while appearing to be straightforward, are, in fact, very complex to implement in practice. Together businesses and environmental organizations are charting a path to safer chemicals by sharing best practices, addressing technical aspects of safer chemicals substitution, and analyzing and supporting public policies that advance the rapid development and diffusion of greener chemicals in the economy.


News Article | December 7, 2015
Site: www.greenbiz.com

Clean Production Action evaluates the landscape of businesses and NGOs pushing for safer chemicals.

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