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News from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute
at the University of Massachusetts Lowell
March 2012 
Upcoming Events

Green Chemistry Workshop

April 19, 2012
E. Hartford, CT

Presented by UConn's Innovation Connection and the Chemical Innovations Institute
7th Annual GC3 Innovators Roundtable

May 9-11, 2012
Ann Arbor, Michigan

The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council is accepting registrations for its 7th Annual Innovators Roundtable.

At this event, leading companies across supply chains share relevant and up to date information, experiences and knowledge to advance the implementation of green chemistry and design for environment practices and the production and marketing of safer chemicals, materials and products.


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Anastas and McFadden to speak at Continuing Education Conference
Two green chemistry leaders, Dr. Paul Anastas of Yale University and the USEPA, and Roger McFadden, of Staples, will be featured speakers at TURI's April 12, 2012 Continuing Education Conference, to be held at the Boston Marriott Newton.

Dr. Anastas -- widely known as one of the 'fathers of green chemistry' -- served as Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) from 2009 to 2012 and as
Paul Anastas
Paul Anastas
the Science Advisor to the Agency. In February he announced that he will return to Yale University, where he is the Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering. A leading writer on the subjects of sustainability, green chemistry, and green engineering, he has published ten books, including "Benign by Design," "Designing Safer Polymers," "Green Engineering" and his seminal work with co-author John Warner, "Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice."

Roger McFadden is a vice president and senior scientist for
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Roger McFadden
Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples Inc. Mr. McFadden has served as a consulting chemist and product 
engineer for several chemical manufacturing companies in the U.S. and Canada.  He is a charter member of the Green Chemistry Commerce Council (GC3) and currently chairs a committee to advance Green Chemistry and the EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) Formulator Initiatives.

Improving air quality and worker safety in nail salons is focus of Norfolk County project
Some chemicals in nail products are known to cause headaches, dizziness, respiratory problems, skin rashes and reproductive health hazards.

With the help of a community and small business grant from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell, the Norfolk County 7
Manicure table
Nail salon workers may suffer health effects from the chemicals in the products they use
Public Health Coalition hosted an educational workshop for salon owners, employees and the public on March 13 to learn how to improve air quality and public health.

More than 100 nail salons are located in the Norfolk County 7 towns of Canton, Dedham, Milton, Needham, Norwood, Westwood and Wellesley.

The workshop -- "A Night Out with Toxic-Free Nails" -- featured talks from the Boston Public Health Commission and study results from Brandeis University about health hazards and air quality in salons.

Attendees learned what can be done to improve the health of employees and customers, including replacing products that contain toxic chemicals with safer products, capping products and improving ventilation.  

Learn more about toxics and nail salons 


TURI assists workgroup in testing alternatives to hexavalent chromium in aerospace sealants
Representatives from Raytheon and Northrop Grumman are working with TURI on developing a testing program to evaluate chromium-free replacements for aerospace sealants containing hexavalent chromium.
Polysulfide sealants containing soluble hexavalent chromium compounds are used in a variety of applications in aerospace manufacturing. Typical applications involve the filling of gaps and recesses to prevent water intrusion and collection, including the sealing of fastener interfaces and adhesive bonding. These sealants are used on both ferrous and aluminum assemblies and are often over-coated with a variety of common paint systems. All of these applications are prohibited under the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) hexavalent chromium rule. This test program is intended to provide the data necessary to support the use of DFARS-compliant alternatives.
The test plan is scheduled to be developed by June 1st, and testing and evaluation are planned to occur from June through September 2012.

If you are interested in joining TURI, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman in this test program, please contact Greg Morose at TURI for further information.
Automotive business group learns about safer solvents, cleaners and paints

Auto body shops use highly toxic solvents and cleaners like mineral spirits, TCE, and toluene, which are used for parts cleaning and as carriers for paint.  However, safer alternatives to many of these substances are becoming commercially available.   


Speaking at recent chapter meetings the Alliance Of

Water-based brake cleaning
Water-based brake cleaners are safer for workers than solvent-based products

Automotive Service Providers Massachusetts, Mark Myles of TURI described some of the health hazards encountered in body shops, including liver and kidney damage, brain damage, and various types of cancer. 


He also described the successful efforts of the Boston Public Health Commission's Safe Shops Program, which has demonstrated through real-life pilot programs that such innovations as water-based auto paints, aqueous brake cleaning systems, and non-solvent parts cleaning is effective and economical, and meets with customer expectations.   


Citing the example of Allston Collision Center, he also described the positive marketing advantages of going "green" in auto shops. 

Staff Activities
Rachel Massey presented a keynote talk about the Toxics Use Reduction Act at the Alberta Occupational and EnvironmentalRachel Massey at Alberta Symposium 2012 Health Symposium in Calgary on March 7. The symposium included participants from government, industry, academia, labor organizations, and NGOs, and was organized through a collaboration among several provincial agencies including Alberta's Occupational Disease Prevention program and the Environmental Carcinogens Program. Both industry and government representatives at the symposium expressed interest in developing a toxics use reduction program modeled on TURA.