Because of the high level of technical and resource commitments required by many hazard assessment tools, a simpler alternative called the Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT) has been developed by the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology). The primary goal of the QCAT is to assign an appropriate grade to a chemical using both:
1) A refined group of high priority hazard endpoints identified in the EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) Program.
2) Fewer data sources.
QCAT was written enable small and medium sized businesses with limited resources and technical expertise to conduct a basic hazard assessment. QCAT provides an introduction to the hazard assessment process and allows the identification of those chemicals with the highest level of concern. For those companies new to the hazard assessment process, the QCAT provides a good starting point.
Alex Stone, Sc.D.
Washington State Department of Ecology
Dr. Stone has a BS in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy New York, an MS in Environmental Engineering and Science from the University of Washington in Seattle and a Doctor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway. He has worked as a chemist for the Washington State Department of Ecology for the past 18 years. He currently functions as the Safer Chemical Alternative Chemist for the Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program. He has been selected as the chair by members of an association of eight states working together on an alternative assessment guidance document and is Ecology’s representative to the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse. Alex works on a number of chemistry related projects including Washington’s Chemical Action Plans, safer chemical alternative assessments and Children’s Safe Product Act. Alex also acts as an adviser to Ecology management on chemical policy and other chemistry-related issues.
This webinar is part of the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program fall series.