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Our work with the TURA program was the catalyst for integrating TUR into all of our business operations. Doing what is right for the environment - and therefore right for our company, employees and the community - is now standard business practice.
- Frank Marino, Senior Manager of EH&S at Raytheon Company

Business

Reduce Costs, Build Competitiveness, Reduce Risks

Many Massachusetts businesses - small to large - have reduced toxic chemical use by switching to safer alternatives. Companies that fall under the Toxics Use Reduction Act are required to take training classes, report toxic chemical use and submit plans to MassDEP. They are not required to reduce toxics if it does not make economic sense.

Once companies go through the planning process, many realize that they if they switch to safer substances, they are able to reduce costs, build competitiveness and reduce risks to both workers and the environment. 

Finding Safer Substances that Work

Finding safer chemical substances that work as well as the toxic substances can  be a challenge. However, by using the Toxics Use Reduction framework, companies are able to systematically identify and evaluate the alternatives within their strategic business goals to make informed decisions. Alternatives may be chemical substitutions, modifications to processes or a product redesign.

Perkin Elmer byproduct reductions
Perkin Elmer, Salem MA, realized significant byproduct reductions through its TUR activities

A powerful tool the TURI has taken the lead in creating and testing for identifying and evaluating promising substances is called Alternatives Assessment.

Take advantage of all of the services that TURI offers - training, workshops, industry grantsresearch and our unique library - to adopt innovations that reduce toxic chemical use. To find safer cleaning solutions, be sure to visit the TURI Green Cleaning Laboratory.

TURI can also help you stay ahead of the curve with information about upcoming regulations in other states and countries. Visit the Chemicals Policy Resources page for more information.

Assistance for large and small businesses

Sectors regulated by TURA include SIC Codes 10 through14, 20 through 39, 40,44 through 51, 72, 73, 75, 76.

What is your SIC code? How does that relate to NAICS?

Assistance is offered to large and small businesses, whether or not they meet volume and size requirements for reporting.

Emerging Chemicals Policy