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TURI Guides to Safer Chemicals

TURI has conducted many studies to help guide users towards identifying safer chemicals for their particular applications. The following are the guides in this series, starting with the seminal study TURI conducted in 2005-2006 at the request of the Commonwealth’s legislature on five priority toxic chemicals used in Massachusetts.

Guide to Finding Safer Alternatives to Halogenated Solvents Used in Surface Cleaning Applications

  TURI staff developed this guide to assist manufacturing facilities in identifying feasible safer alternatives to halogenated solvents used in specific surface cleaning applications. October 2021 Download PDF file (1.86 MB)

Assessment of Safer and Effective Alternatives for Coating Removal Products

TURI completed a project to identify and evaluate safer alternatives to methylene chloride and other chemicals of high concern used in coating removal products. Read more...

Identification of Safer Alternatives to TCE for Cleaning Applications in Minnesota

  Trichloroethylene (TCE) is used in many facilities located throughout Minnesota. Many of these businesses use TCE as a cleaning or dissolving solvent in fabricated metal products manufacturing and in machine manufacturing. The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) was contracted by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), as part of an initiative with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 and Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP), to help Minnesota companies reduce their use of TCE. Download PDF file (925.54 kB)

Artificial Turf Infill: A Comparative Assessment of Chemical Contents

Authors: Rachel Massey, Lindsey Pollard, Molly Jacobs, Joy Onasch, Homero Harari. Peer reviewed article in March 2020 issue of New Solutions journal about artificial turf infills. Read more...

Chemical Alternatives Assessment: Cleaning Solutions Formulations. 2015.

  On behalf of a cleaning solutions formulator, the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) investigated the relative chemical hazards of five enzymatic detergent formulations, which included 21 individual chemicals. Download PDF file (3.60 MB)

Assessment of Alternatives to Perchloroethylene for the Dry Cleaning Industry. 2012.

TURI Methods and Policy Report No. 27. TURI conducted an assessment of seven common alternatives to perchloroethylene to help dry cleaners find technically viable and environmentally preferable methods for garment cleaning. Read more...