Category Archives: Cleaning & Hygiene

GreenTag Certifiers Ready to Roll With New GHS Requirements

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Major changes to OH&S requirements are here and GreenTag is ready for the legislative requirements that have been introduced in Australia with  respect to the new legislative requirement for classification and labelling of chemicals under the  Globally Harmonised System (GHS) originally developed by the United Nations.

The use of the GHS is now mandatory from  January 1st, 2017, having been announced in 2012 by the Safe Work Australia and introduced into Global GreenTag Standards commencing also in 2012 and has consequently played some small part in helping to establish the use of GHS in the market since – just  as it also has in the development and growth of LCA  (Life Cycle Assessment),   EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) and a soon to be announced new declaration, currently under wraps.

In terms of chemical classification and labelling under the new look GHS, GreenTag is ready.

GreenTag  product assessment procedures are aligned to the new system, which  applies to all workplace hazardous chemicals in NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, TAS, NT and Commonwealth systems under the GHS and the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations and their Hazardous Substances Information System.

GreenTag  product assessors, whose job is to rate products with careful consideration of any chemical risks in products under certification, gladly welcome  the new GHS system – for its clarity and opportunity to increase demands for transparency and greater product disclosure.

The new GHS system provides enhanced  criteria by which to classify hazards, including  risk of hazards pertaining to human health, such as carcinogenicity, risks to the  environment , such as toxic  release  to waterways and of course physical hazards – a pertinent category, especially in light of the urgent need in recent years in the Australian building industry that has seen a number of fire outbreaks, due in part to flammability in the  chemical components in sub-par and uncertified materials.

Under the GHS new system, all manufacturers, importers, suppliers and users of hazardous chemicals will be required to observe legislative requirements  to manage the risks associated with hazardous chemicals in the workplace.  This will include  ensuring the safe use, handling and storage of chemicals, as well as specific duties under the model Work Health and Safety Regulations.

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Under the GHS there are nine new Hazard Pictograms:

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Hazard Descriptions

In plain text contexts, the GHS uses the words ‘Danger’ and ‘Warning’ as signals to indicate the relative level of severity of a hazard. ‘Danger’ being used for more severe or significant hazards, with ‘Warning’ being used for less severe hazards.

Hazard and Precautionary Statements

Hazard Statements are assigned to a class and category that describes the nature of the hazards of a substance, including where appropriate, the degree of hazard, e.g. the hazard statement ’Toxic if swallowed’ is the Hazard Statement for Acute Toxicity category 3 (Oral).

Precautionary Statements describe the recommended measures that should be taken to minimise or prevent adverse effects resulting from exposure, or improper storage or handling of a hazardous chemical. The GHS precautionary statements cover prevention, response, storage and disposal.

Hazard and precautionary statements replace the ‘Risk’ and ‘Safety’ phrases required under previous laws.

For more information, see the classification and labelling for workplace hazardous chemicals poster

READ MORE IN FULL the article  in Sourceable by David Baggs, CEO of GreenTag  who expands on the new changes for Australia. https://sourceable.net/new-ohs-chemical-classification-system-launches-in-oz/

 

Meet the NAC: Bill Statham Author of The Chemical Maze

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Researcher and Author Bill Statham has contributed considerably to making a positive difference to the lives of people through education about the alarming presence of additives and ingredients in foods and cosmetics that have the potential to cause discomfort and ill health.

If people recognise this problem, says Bill, then they have freedom of choice and for many, being informed about their product choices can bring a new lease of life.

Author of The Chemical Maze, The Chemical Maze Bookshelf Companion and the online App: The Chemical Maze Shopping Companion,  Bill is a valued member of GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee for the ongoing development  of our certification standard for Cleaning and Personal Products.

Bill studied and practised homeopathy both in Australia and the UK for over ten years.  During this time he became increasingly concerned about the detrimental effects on health caused by synthetic chemicals in the foods we eat and cosmetic products we use every day.

Indeed, adds Bill, several of the synthetic additives lawfully allowed in processed food products have been shown over the last 40 or so years to cause or exacerbate symptoms and conditions like hyperactivity, asthma, learning difficulties, headache and migraine, behavioural problems, sleep disorders and organ damage.

“What is more disturbing, is that studies have been shown some additives to be unsafe for human consumption. Scientific studies are bearing witness to what parents have known for many years‚ that certain food additives can adversely affect children’s behaviour and learning ability,” says Bill.

“The first seven or so years of a child’s life are critical to establishing a foundation on which they build their future health, relationship and career paths. If these precious moments are distorted and ultimately lost by the unnecessary addition to their diets of synthetic chemical additives, they can never be regained. Today’s informed consumers are no longer content to accept that all the additives and ingredients in foods and personal care and cosmetic products are benign and therefore can do no harm.”

Bill continues to campaign to increase awareness.  The Chemical Maze Shopping Companion App, he says, was produced to make it simpler and easier for consumers to recognise safe foods, cosmetics and personal care products.

Read more about Bill’s Chemical Maze initiative HERE

Other members of GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee on Personal Products are:

Professional Associations

Huia Iti – New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Chemists

Industry Associations

Meriel Chamberlin – Apparel & Textiles Industries Group

Narelle Chenery – Australian Certified Organic

Universities

Greg Miller  – Griffith University

Community/Env NGO

Jo Immig   – Australian Toxics Network

Irene Falcone – NourishedLife.com.au

 

Other members of GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee on Cleaning Products are:

Professional Associations:

Huia Iti – New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Chemists

Barbara Connelly  – Building Service Contractors Association

Industry Associations:

Matt King – National Cleaning Suppliers Association

Meriel Chamberlin  – Apparel & Textiles Industries Group

Bridget Gardener – Green Sash

Universities:          

Greg Miller – Griffith University

Communities / Environmental NGOs:

Jo Immig – Australian Toxics Network

Irene Falcone – NourishedLife.com.au

Join Global GreenTag at Total Facilities 2017

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Total Facilities, 29 – 30 March 2017, International Convention Centre Sydney

Total Facilities presents two-days of discussion and discovery for FM and like-minded professionals.  It combines Australia’s largest offering of innovative facility products and services with forward-thinking strategies to optimise facility and workplace performance. A thriving exhibition floor featuring over 150 leading brands will showcase real solutions to meet operational challenges, whilst free-to-attend educational seminars offering bold perspectives and latest FM thinking will raise methodologies to drive business performance. Join Australia’s largest community of FM minds for unrivalled networking and engaging discussion for enhancing our living-working environments.

Find out more at totalfacilities.com.au.

Breaking Through Green Product Market Barriers –Workshop with Sustainable Brands Sydney 2016

Global GreenTag is presenting a workshop in Sydney next week to unpack the barriers standing in the way of green products having a greater traction in the marketplace – and exploring with participants solutions to overcome the conundrum.

“Enhanced ecolabelling can make all the difference,” says David Baggs, presenting the interactive session at the Sustainable Brands 2016 workshop on Wednesday June 29.

Participants who join the workshop will be encouraged to share their current experiences and barriers in accessing key green markets and ways to overcome them.

According to Baggs “Successful organisations, use both ecolabelling and robust metrics to inform and communicate performance to their stakeholders, but conventional ecolabelling is no longer enough”.

“Companies and stakeholders need both labelling and data on the sustainability impacts of products to access key markets that are demanding both easy consumer recognition as well as real metrics to integrate into management and corporate reporting but also address green procurement processes.

The evolution of integrated ecolabelling and enhanced Life Cycle Assessment methods now make that accessible to all companies,” says David.

Where once pass/fail ecolabels were sufficient, consumers and other stakeholders now seek performance ratings and real data at levels of detail that suit their needs.

Sometimes the same organisation can need simple forward facing sustainability consumer communication and then more detailed information to communicate product life cycle benefits to forward thinking companies.

David adds that: ‘Product Labels and Scorecards fulfill some of these needs but LCA reporting via Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are now required in specific sectors, where reporting now also needs different thinking to conventional Life cycle impact Analysis because circular economy characteristics necessitate Life Cycle Benefit Analysis (LCBA).

Such ‘Beyond LCA’ strategies are needed by sustainability managers to address LOHAS (Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability) markets and link product sustainability data to professional users’ procurement, corporate performance and company contributions to circular economy reporting.’

Sustainable Brands Sydney 2017 runs from June 27-29.

TO REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP, CLICK HERE

David Baggs Keynotes At International Event For Sustainability Week In South Africa

 

David Baggs,  GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director  is delivering a keynote address this week in South Africa for the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum,  hosted by the City of Tshwane for Sustainability Week.  David’s keynote is titled ‘Visualising the Circular Economy Using Life Cycle Analysis’ for the technical program Vision Zero Waste Seminar on June 2.

With focus on design for waste minimisation and recycling,  David has been invited to deliver the keynote in the context of a vision for zero waste in South Africa. The seminar comes at a critical time, organisers say, when waste streams are at an all-time high, where some communities are without waste services and landfills are reaching capacity.

David brings hoped for solutions.  He will be focusing on the circular nature of the mindset required to reduce the impact of waste – and how this is possible through LCA centric design.

“Conventional thinking is stuck on damage and loss,” says David.

“From a Global GreenTag perspective, I shall be offering clarity about the terminology used in the area of Life Cycle Analysis thinking and how it naturally applies to a circular economy mindset and sustainable solutions for ecological regeneration.”

David is also presenting two other seminars at Sustainability Week.

In the series for Sustainable Manufacturing, he will be delivering a seminar titled: ‘Sustainability Metrics and LCA: The Business Benefits’

For the Green Business series of Sustainability Week, David is presenting: “The Role of Ecolabels in Greening the Supply Chain.”

For more information about Sustainability Week, please visit http://sustainabilityweek.co.za/

Meet the NAC: Jo Immig Environmental Scientist and Author of ‘Toxic Playground’

We are proud to have Jo Immig as one of the members of our National Advisory Committee and one of the few that are represented on each of our sector NACs, building, personal and cleaning products.  She is a representative from the Community/Environmental NGO sector.

Jo has worked on chemical pollution issues for over 25 years and is also co-ordinator of the National Toxics Network. 

Jo’s area of interest is children’s environmental health.  She has a degree in applied science with a major in biology.

She is also the author of the book ‘Toxic Playground’ and has written numerous popular articles on toxic issues that people face in their day to day lives – at home, school and in the workplace.

Members of GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee on Cleaning Products are:

Professional Associations:

Huia Iti – New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Chemists

(Huia Iti also sits on GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee for Personal Products)

Barbara Connelly  – Building Service Contractors Association

Industry Associations:

Matt King –  National Cleaning Suppliers Association

Meriel Chamberlin  – Apparel & Textiles Industries Group

(Meriel Chamberlain also sits on GreenTag’s National Advisory Committees for Personal Products & Building Products)

Bridget Gardener – Green Sash

Universities:  

Greg Miller  –   Griffith University

(Greg Miller also sits on GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee for Personal Products)

Communities / Environmental NGOs:

Bill Statham – The Chemical Maze

(Bill Stratham also sits on GreenTag’s National Advisory Committees for Personal Products & Building Products)

Irene Falcon – NourishedLife.com.au

(Irene Falcoln also sits on GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee for Personal Products)