Health Product Transparency documents report the chemical composition of a product and evaluate the chemicals that remain in the final product against various chemical hazard lists. The Health Product Transparency documents do not replace the need or use of OSHA Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) product labeling regulations. While some information may be duplicated, each includes information not covered in the other.
The USGBC’s LEED v4, Living Building Challenge, Health Product Declaration Collaborative, and many other guidelines now call for reporting of health related impacts of ingredients used in all building materials. As we spend more time indoors, we increase the duration of our exposure to chemicals in products that make up the building’s shell, interiors, and furnishings. A LEED v4 compliant transparency document references an extensive but finite group of authoritative chemical hazard lists for hazard screening. Every hazard that might be identified through an exhaustive review of all available scientific literature is not necessarily disclosed. Authoritative chemical hazard lists to be referenced in scanning of product ingredients for hazards are primarily selected based upon criteria developed for the GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals and/or others.
USG created a document that expands beyond the Health Product Transparency information and is referred to as the Product Attribute Report (PAR). The PAR is a comprehensive sustainability document that serves as a quick reference about environmental and health related attributes associated with the final product.
They include key info from the following sources, all in a single document: