When replacing substances of concern, we seek to identify alternatives
with a reduced risk of potential human health and environmental
impacts that also meet our performance and cost criteria.
To support these objectives, we have developed an integrated
assessment approach to analyzing potential replacements for
substances of concern. Established in 2007, our approach begins
with a hazard-based screening step to help rule out alternative
options that are of equal or greater concern than the substances
that they would replace. This comparative chemical hazard
screening is based on the GreenScreenTM for Safer Chemicals framework
developed by the nongovernmental organization (NGO) Clean
Integrating the GreenScreen framework into our overall alternatives
assessment protocol has enabled HP to more easily select
replacement materials with a reduced risk of human health and
environmental impacts. We have completed more than 130 assessments
since the program began. Projects in 2011 included
evaluating PVC-free power cords, process cleaners, and general
The state of Washington, USA used the 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. A state-wide ban on products containing this class of chemicals takes effect January 2011. For more information click here to download (.pdf file)Alternatives to Deca-BDE in Televisions and Computers and Residential Upholstered Furniture: Identifying safer and technically feasible alternatives to the flame retardant called Deca-BDE used in the electronic enclosures of televisions and computers and in residential upholstered furniture. Washington Department of Ecology and Department of Health. Final Report December 29, 2008 (.pdf file)
The State of Maine, USA unanimously adopted proposed regulations in February 2010 to protect the health of children by ensuring that chemicals of high concern in consumer products are replaced with safer alternatives. The GreenScreen™ is endorsed as a good substitution assessment tool in the Regulation of Chemicals Use in Children’s Products.
Clean Production Action founded the GreenScreen™ assessment criteria in the U.S. EPA's Design for Environment (DfE) approach. CPA and DfE work closely on the development of chemical alternatives assessment criteria and CPA serves as technical advisor to the DfE Alternatives Assessments Partnerships looking at chemicals of concern as part of the EPA's enhanced chemicals management program.