EPA Safer Choice Certification Assistance Program
The Certification Assistance Program is coordinated by the Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). This program is funded in part by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Healthy, Resilient, Sustainable Communities Grant.
The Certification Assistance Program is a free program designed to support and encourage businesses to obtain the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Safer Choice label on products, or add chemicals to the Safer Chemical Ingredient List (SCIL).
Eligible Oregon manufacturers are matched with a Sustainability Associate and team of environmental technical assistance providers to receive dedicated technical assistance and reimbursement for pursuing the EPA Safer Choice certification.
Eligible Businesses Receive
- Up to $5,000 reimbursement for Safer Choice application and certification fees.
- Up to 200 hours of direct technical assistance at 16 hours per week for up to 12 weeks*.
- Support from a team of government and nonprofit technical assistance providers.
*12 weeks may be continuous or include a break while waiting to receive chemical review.
Benefits of EPA Safer Choice Label
Below are some benefits of obtaining the EPA Safer Choice label on products.
- Credible and respected label carried at large retailers: retailers are proud to carry and promote EPA Safer Choice products (a few of which include Amazon, Walmart and Home Depot, a 2021 EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year).
- Recognition in the marketplace: EPA offers promotional and branding assistance, and products are included in the searchable, online Safer Choice Products Directory.
- Potential new customers/markets: institutional, industrial, and consumer.
- Reduced toxic chemical exposure for employees and consumers.
- Potential for reduced hazardous waste generation.