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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