One of the ways that ToxPlanet is committed to your well being is that we like to try and support chemical research however we can. We know that while the thrill of discovery is invigorating, research can be time consuming and stressful. Additionally, since most toxicologists are performing a hazard assessment involving dangerous chemicals, you run the risk of exposure yourself! We want to help you any way we can, and one way we do that (besides offer a vast, comprehensive collection of chemical databases) is through our whitepaper.
The whitepaper outlines our business philosophy and exactly what it is that makes us the right fit for you. We also provide some background info about some great hazard assessment tools that you ought to know about. Here’s a little bit about these 4 tools right now. And if you want to know more about them, then you can download the whitepaper for yourself, for free!
When performing a hazard assessment, GreenWERCS is a fantastic place to start. This software essentially looks at everything that goes into a product. Then, it tells you what is safe about the product, and what is hazardous. We’ve spoken about it before, and it is important to note here that GreenWERCS does not replace human intuition. It can identify the hazards, but not replace them for you.
Green Screen for Safer Chemicals
Similar to GreenWERCS, Green Screen, like the name implies, is a way for you to screen for hazards in your product. It is freely available and will order the chemicals found within the product in terms of urgency. Again, it does not replace the hazard for you — only tells you where the danger lies. Both of these softwares are helpful in their own way, and obviously each offers their own advantages and disadvantages. We leave it to you to determine which one is a better fit for your lab and your goals.
Now, once you’ve identified the risk of the product, you need to determine an adequate substitution. Enter the Column Model. This tool will help break down the dangerous chemicals and help to suggest viable alternatives. It will also determine how the chemicals are dangerous — such as, for example, risks to the respiratory system. Using the column model together with a scanner is a great way of building a more efficient and effective hazard assessment.
DfE Chemical Alternatives Assessment
Unlike the other tools on this list, the DfE has a very powerful source: the EPA. This method looks at chemicals based on how they are used. In other words, it understands that these chemicals aren’t just used in a vacuum and approaches them accordingly. Like the Column Model, the DfE is a great way to find alternative chemicals for your product. As an added bonus, you can get the Safer Choice label for following these EPA guided methods, raising your overall prestige.
We hope you found this list useful for your current and future hazard assessment. If you are interested in using ToxPlanet further, then check our our website to learn more of what we offer. We have an extensive collection of chemical databases which are easy to navigate thanks to the CAS number. We put researchers and their needs first. You can watch a video explaining more about our company, or request a free two week trial. And if you want to examine the whitepaper more closely, click on the link above or right here.