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Toxics Use Reduction Institute's P2 Option Assessment System: P2OASys

This program is designed to be a systematic tool that helps companies determine whether the toxics use reduction options being considered may have unforeseen negative environmental, worker or public health impacts. Specific process information is utilized to establish a baseline level of hazards associated with the current system. Potential replacements chemical(s) information is then inputted and compared to the original products. P2OASys provides a numerical hazard score for the company's current process and identified options.

This tool provides a lot of information on safety for both workers and the environment. It has limited use for proposing alternatives as the user provides the alternatives compared in this tool. One of the benefits of this tool is the ability to use both quantitative and qualitative data on the chemical toxicity, ecological effects, physical properties of both current and proposed chemistries.

Joint Service Solvent Substitution Database

JS3 Database is a tool to store and disseminate information on the Department of Defense (DoD) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Joint Service Solvent Substitution efforts. DoD/NASA project engineers are strongly encouraged to input their efforts into this database. Manufacturers of HAP free cleaners are also strongly encouraged to input their products into this database as well in order to increase visibility within the DoD and NASA.

Kooperationstelle Hamburg Cleantool

Cleantool is a European database for metal cleaning. These processes plus the involved agents and equipments have been developed in small and large European enterprises and are being applied regularly. They represent reliable daily practice. Objective information is provided to allow enterprises to choose the optimum cleaning process for their business. The databank/software was released at the end of 2004. The CleanTool database allows users to make the best choice of cleaning application by providing comprehensive information on key areas.

The site provides objective information in text, image, and video format on metal cleaning processes for a wide range of industries. CleanTool is an interactive tool, allowing users to submit data, receive guidance and ranked recommendations. Over 250 different processes from five European countries are featured, with each item evaluated prior to publication by expert Advisory Groups.

The tool provides a summary of processes covering Costs, Technology, Quality, Occupational Safety & Health, and Environment. The results can be sorted by each category. Each process is ranked as very good, good, satisfactory, sufficient, bad and no statement for the five areas. Each is color coded for easy visual assessment. The tool does include process information and gives alternative name and manufacturer contact.

Program for Assisting the Replacement of Industrial Solvents

The PARIS II tool from the Technical Database Services, Inc. is setup to allow the user to design less hazardous solvents without compromising solvent performance. It brings together a set of unique algorithms developed under the leadership of Dr. Heriberto Cabezas of the National Risk Management Research Laboratory, USEPA, Cincinnati Ohio. The advanced technology and extensive knowledge base of PARIS II makes it easy to identify "green" replacements for solvents currently in use in far less time than previously possible. The system includes chemical data and estimation methods, thus the user needs to know only the composition of the solvent to be replaced in order to run the program.

It aids the user to identify possible replacement materials for current solvents. PARIS II is unique for its ability to design mixtures when no single compound can meet user specifications. A lot of physical characteristics of solvents are needed in order to obtain useful alternative information.

Center for Environmental Leadership Practices

The Center for Environmental Leadership Practices database features hundreds of examples of how companies of all sizes and sectors align environmental responsibility with business success. The information was judged by independent agencies and organizations prior to being included in the database. Finding specific results for cleaning issues is best done using the Text search option. At the Center for Environmental Leadership Practices database, only a limited amount of information available. Using the GreenBiz Tool Box, searching via text provides over 300 cleaning related sites and products. A short summary was provided with additional contact information or web site links.

 CleanGredients for Institutional and Industrial Cleaning Products

CleanGredients is being developed as an online database of institutional and industrial (I&I) cleaning ingredients. A one-stop-shop for green formulation. The database aligns broad environmental and human health goals with the cleaning product industry's business objectives and will support formulators in formulating products with human and environmental health benefits, whether to meet corporate internal objectives, more stringent regulations, voluntary product recognition programs or national and international eco-labels.

Solvent Alternative Guide (historical -- no longer being updated)

The Solvent Alternative Guide (SAGE) was designed to provide pollution prevention information on solvent and process alternatives for parts cleaning and degreasing. The database does not recommend any ozone depleting chemicals. SAGE was developed by the Surface Cleaning Program at Research Triangle Institute in cooperation with the U.S. EPA Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division (APPCD).

SAGE provided the user with a series of questions designed to describe the current cleaning protocol in order to assist in the determination of solvent/process alternatives most likely to work for the particular circumstance being questioned.