Helping Small Businesses Implement Toxics Use Reduction Techniques
Helping small businesses implement toxics use reduction techniques: dry cleaners, auto shops, and floor finishers assisted in creating safer and healthier work places Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 19, Issue 5, March 2011, Pages 408-413 Joy Onasch, Paul Shoemaker, Hoa Mai Nguyen, Cora RoelofsFile Name: jcp-volume19Issue5-408-413.pdf
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File Synopsis: The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI), Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), and Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID) have worked with small business sectors to reduce their use of toxic chemicals. Three cases, described here, in dry cleaning, auto shops and floor finishing share common approaches for creating successful models of effective dissemination of toxics use reduction in small businesses. These include direct business support, peer-to-peer training and promotion of alternatives, and collaborations with stakeholders to achieve greener businesses. These results were achieved despite predictable barriers of lack of resources, suspicion of safer alternatives, and language and cultural barriers. Download file...