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Safer Choice

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Products with the Safer Choice label help consumers and commercial buyers identify products with safer chemical ingredients. Companies must adhere to a strict set of pass or fail criteria where multiple aspects of the product is reviewed.


What does the Safer Choice label mean?

Participation in the Safer Choice program is voluntary. Companies who make products carrying the Safer Choice label have invested heavily in research and reformulation to ensure that their products meet the Safer Choice Standard.

Products must pass strict criteria in order to spot the Safer Choice label. Once a product meets the criteria, EPA conducts annual audits to ensure the standards continue to be met.


What is Examined?


Every ingredient. The EPA reviews all chemical ingredients, regardless of their percentage in the product. Every ingredient must meet strict safety criteria for both human health and the environment. Some of the factors include carcinogenicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, toxicity to aquatic life, and persistence in the environment. This ensures that any product spotting the Safer Choice-labeled products are safer for humans and the environment.


Product performance. Products that qualify to carry the Safer Choice label must pass category-specific performance standards.


Packaging. Partners are required to implement sustainable packaging measures and to improve the packaging profile.


pH. Products must meet the pH standards set that minimize skin and eye irritation or injury.


Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Safer Choice restricts VOC content to minimize indoor air pollution and respiratory concerns.


A Few Helpful Links:


Frequently Asked QuestionsFrequently Asked Questions

Available Products:

Products for Your Home at Retail Stores

Products for Use in Facilities like Schools, Hotels, Offices, and Sports Venues

Are You Concerned About the Air You Breathe At Home?

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afraid to go home


Are You Concerned About the Air You Breathe At Home?


Eyes burning, nose running, throat itching…. but, only when you are at home.


Identifying the cause is the first step.

  • Is there mold hidden somewhere within the home?
  • Does your home need a good “spring cleaning”?
  • Have you accumulated too many chemicals, i.e., cleaning products, painting products, hobby supplies, and stored them all together?
  • Have renovations to your home caused poor air circulation and ventilation?
  • Have you recently installed new carpet or cloth furniture?  These can give off Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
  • Have you recently adopted a new pet?
  • Is someone smoking in your home?
  • Are your HVAC ducts clean or filled with dust and debris?


Become a CSI agent:  Contamination Site Investigator.  Identify the culprit and eliminate or treat it.  You’ll know you have found it when the symptoms subside.