Wednesday, 1 May 2013

The Right To Know

We believe that any hazardous ingredients, such as carcinogens or reproductive toxins, should be identified, so that consumers can make informed choices. Twenty years ago, workers won the right to know what hazardous chemicals they could be exposed to in the workplace, with the adoption of the federal Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). But consumers still don't have that right — even though household products may contain the same toxic ingredients used in the workplace. Household paint strippers, for example, often contain methylene chloride, which is listed as a possible human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Follow this link to sign petition to ban methylene chloride from consumer products Many household cleaners contain 2-butoxyethanol, a substance declared toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Home workshop lubricants may contain perchloroethylene, a probable human carcinogen the list goes on and on. In the workplace, all those ingredients are listed and their hazards identified. But not in consumer products. We believe that has to change. Canadians have shown that they want government to recognize their right to know. A poll commissioned by Strategic Communications in April 2007 showed that 93 per cent of respondents wanted labeling to identify any toxic chemicals in their household products. Follow this link for full article and links to participate in this initiative If your looking for safe alternatives to hazardous methylene chloride based chemical strippers EcoSolve Americas has green certified solutions. EcoSolve's patented water based formula effectively softens and strips all types of paints, varnish, and coatings with no damage to the surface and no fumes. EcoSolve has Tough Not Toxic solutions for professional and consumer use. Visit the EcoSolve website for more details

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