Use of GreenScreen® by Government
GreenScreen is used by state regulatory agencies to support and inform legislation pertaining to use of chemicals in consumer products.
- United States, Maine: Safer Chemicals in Children's Products Rule
- United States, Washington: Senate Bill 5181
- United States, California: Safer Consumer Products Regulation
Maine's Safer Chemicals in Children's Products Rules require manufacturers to report use of priority hazardous chemicals above certain thresholds. If requested based on this reporting, manufacturers must also document hazards of priority chemicals and proposed safer alternatives. GreenScreen is named within the regulation as a hazard assessment approach which can be used in this alternatives assessment process. For more details on the Rule itself, visit Main’s website here.
Washington Senate Bill 5181 states that alternatives to high priority flame retardant chemicals in upholstery or children's products can be evaluated using GreenScreen and cannot be scored as a Benchmark-1 chemical. Washington state also used GreenScreen as an alternatives assessment tool to determine if safer alternatives to Deca-BDE, a flame retardant used in television casings and upholstery, existed on the market. The alternatives assessment findings were used to support a state-wide ban on products containing this class of chemicals in January 2011. For more on the bill, click here.
In California, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) includes GreenScreen as a method to evaluate relative hazards of chemicals as part of the alternatives analysis process required under its Safer Consumer Products Regulation.