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Ken Geiser

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012522

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012522.001.0001

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Characterizing and Prioritizing Chemicals

Characterizing and Prioritizing Chemicals

(p.203) 10 Characterizing and Prioritizing Chemicals
Chemicals without Harm

Ken Geiser

The MIT Press

The first step in a safer chemical policy framework is to develop a full chemical information profile much like the European Union chemical dossiers. Chemicals can then be classified into a universal chemical classification scheme as to their degree of hazard using existing international chemical classification systems. Once chemicals are classified from those of most to those of least concern they can be prioritized for government, industry, consumer and research attention. Government agencies could do this, but a more public and decentralized approach could be more effective by relying on the participation of hundreds of contributors in a manner similar to Internet “crowd sourcing”.

Keywords:   Chemical profiles, chemical hazard traits, chemical classification, chemical prioritization, hazard screening tools, GreenScreen, risk assessment, GHS, CLP, crowd sourcing

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