Human and Ecosystem Health
Few items have as great a significance or impact on total well being than human and ecosystem health. The credits within this section first require basic compliance but build dramatically from there. This standard is the only furniture standard of its kind with a publicly disclosed Chemicals of Concern list. The standard has listed over 500 chemicals that manufacturers should be aware of and rewards reporting of, and the eventual reduction or elimination of, chemicals on the list from finished products and manufacturing processes. Listed in Annex B of the standard, the Chemicals of Concern list identifies persistent, bioaccumulative reproductive toxicants, carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.
Hazardous waste, air emissions and other elements that affect the greater ecosystem are accounted for in this section as well.