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We've implemented Toxics Use Reduction projects over the years that have literally saved us millions of dollars in operating costs.
- Ron Westgate - Philips Lightolier

Toxics Use Reduction Planners

Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) Planners are environmental, safety, or process professionals who have passed a uniform certification exam developed by the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and/or have demonstrated relevant education and experience.

General Practice TUR Planners have passed a uniform certification exam administered by MassDEP. Preparation for this exam is achieved by taking the 48 hour TUR Planner Training Course

Once certified by MassDEP, TUR Planners are qualified to prepare, write and certify toxics use reduction plans for companies that are required to report under the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA). TUR Planners also assist companies with their reporting obligations.

There are two types of TUR Planners:

  • General Practice Planners may act as consultants to multiple clients, assisting them with plan development and certification.
  • Limited Practice Planners may certify plans only for the organizations that employ them.

TUR Planners are certified for a period of two years and are required to obtain continuing education credits from MassDEP during that period by participating in a variety of courses and activities intended to keep them current on toxics use reduction and resource conservation best practices. TURI, in conjunction with OTA and Mass DEP, conducts two continuing education conferences for CE credit each year, fall and spring, as well as providing workshops and webinars that can be taken for CE credit.

MassDEP maintains Policies and Guidance for TUR planners.

MassDEP maintains a directory of certified TUR Planners and there is an active Toxics Use Reduction Planners Association.

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The Toxics Use Reduction Planners Association (TURPA) is a professional membership organization dedicated to maintaining a high standard of integrity and professional practice for Toxics Use Reduction Planners.

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