A Protocol for Prioritizing Chemicals of Concern in the Electronics Industry
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OVERVIEW - "Prioritizing potentially problematic chemical substances is key to effectively focusing
green chemistry efforts in electronics manufacturing. Existing scientific tools and
policy frameworks, however, do not provide immediately applicable and transparent
methods that companies can use to identify chemicals of concern. We have developed
a Chemical Prioritization Protocol to systematically evaluate chemicals of interest and
support Apple’s Safer Materials Program. Electronics companies can use this Protocol
to proactively identify chemicals that may warrant chemical management actions.
Chemical prioritization can guide further efforts to make products and materials
safer for manufacturing workers, customers, recyclers, and the planet. The Chemical
Prioritization Protocol is a multi-criteria evaluation framework that synthesizes a wide
range of relevant information about chemical hazard, use, exposure potential, and
public concern into a simple set of quantitative indicators. This paper presents the
design and application of the Protocol."
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