GreenScreen Certification Promotes Safe Chemicals
Last week, Clean Production Action released GreenScreen Certified, for Cleaners & Degreasers in Manufacturing to promote safer chemical use and innovation in the electronics sector and beyond.
Industrial cleaners and degreasers account for some of the highest use materials in the electronics sector and are under increasing scrutiny from regulators and environmental health and safety organizations. Clean Production Action developed the new certification with Apple, a leader in safer chemistry adoption, to create clear criteria for assessing the safety of cleaners used in the electronics industry and beyond.
For years, Apple has used GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals to assess and promote safer chemicals in their supply chain and 100% of their supplier final assembly sites now utilize only approved safer cleaners. Today’s launch of GreenScreen Certified creates a path towards an industry-wide transformation by making information about safer alternatives readily available throughout the electronics industry.
“These standards represent a new playbook to help companies everywhere use safer chemicals that are better for people’s health and for the planet,” says Kathleen Shaver, Apple’s director of environment and supply chain innovation. "We’re always innovating and glad to work with our partners to help drive the use of safer chemicals across industries.”
GreenScreen Certified for Cleaners & Degreasers in Manufacturing joins the family of GreenScreen certifications that are advancing safer chemicals in products. The criteria for GreenScreen certifications are freely and publicly available and build upon the well-established GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals benchmark scores. Certification requirements include full ingredient disclosure, compliance with a comprehensive list of prohibited substances including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and testing to demonstrate the absence of priority restricted chemicals and chemical classes.
“Knowing which products are safer for workers in the electronics sector is a complicated task,” says Shari Franjevic, GreenScreen Program Manager. “GreenScreen Certified for Cleaners & Degreasers used in Manufacturing now provides assurance that these products are third party certified and free of thousands of chemicals of high concern. We are very proud to supply another tool in the toolbox for safer chemistry innovation.”
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