Webinar: Wednesday February 19, 2014 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET


Join us on Wednesday February 19, 2014 for a 1-hour webinar that will give you an overview of the purpose and framework of Chemical Alternatives Assessments, and review the methods and tools used in the Chemical Hazard Assessment process.

Chemical Alternatives Assessments are focused on finding alternative chemicals, materials, or product designs to substitute for the use of hazardous chemicals.

Ideally, an alternative assessment will completely characterize a chemical's intrinsic human health and environmental hazards, in the process promoting the selection of less hazardous chemical ingredients, and avoid unintended consequences of switching to a poorly characterized chemical substitute.


How You Will Benefit:

·        Understand the purpose and framework of a chemical alternatives assessment

·         Learn the difference between a chemical alternatives assessment and a chemical hazard assessment

·         Become familiar with two of the primary alternatives assessment paradigms; BizNGO's Alternatives Assessment Protocol and IC2's Alternative Assessment Guidance

·         Review the methods, data sources, and tools used to perform a chemical hazard assessment, including the U.S. EPA's Design for the Environment's Alternatives Assessment Criteria and the GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals chemical hazard assessment framework

·    Discover where to go for training and when upcoming sessions are scheduled: from Michael Schmeida, Chairman of ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability

Who Should Attend:

Product developers, marketing managers, regulators, sustainability and environmental consultants and managers, purchasing professionals, attorneys for product manufacturers, restricted substance list managers, NGO's working in product safety and health related areas.


Meet Your Experts:


Margaret Whittaker




Ph.D., M.P.H., CBiol., F.S.B., E.R.T., D.A.B.T

Dr. Margaret ("Meg") Whittaker has twenty years of experience in both the performance and management of toxicology and human health hazard and risk assessment-related projects. She is currently the Managing Director and Chief Toxicologist of ToxServices LLC, where she serves as the project manager and technical lead of ToxServices projects for the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Design for the Environment (DfE) Program, Clean Production Action's GreenScreen, international certification organizations, testing laboratories, and consumer products companies that manufacture and test products such as food additives, food contact materials, cleaning chemicals, fragrance agents, electronics, cosmetics, dietary supplements, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and drinking water additives.

Teresa McGrath


NSF International, not-for-profit public safety company
Before working for NSF, Teresa earned her Masters degree in Clean Chemical Technology at the University of York, England and a B.A. in Biology from Hamline University in St. Paul MN. She spent two years at the EPA in the Design for the Environment (DfE) Branch of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). For the past six years she has been the Supervising Toxicologist for the Green Chemistry Program at NSF which include: Chemical Product Formulation Reviews for the EPA's Design for the Environment Safer Labeling Program, Ingredient Reviews for the CleanGradients Database, GreenScreen hazard assessments, Risk Assessments, Inventory Assessments, Sustainable Product Certifications and Eco-Efficiency Analysis.