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Study identifies safe chemicals for home, workplace

By From the Lowell Sun

BOSTON -- The Toxics Use Reduction Institute at the University of Massachusetts Lowell has identified five safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals used in the home and workplace.

The goal of the study, commissioned by the state, was to find healthier, more environmentally-friendly substitutes for chemicals currently used in dry cleaning, wire and cable, health care and cosmetology industries, according to a release.

The study identified alternatives that are commercially available and reduce environmental and occupational health impacts.

"The scientific assessment that TURI took on provides all of us -- legislators, consumers, and industry -- with critical information that will lead us to selecting safer substitutions that make sense for our individual situations," said Sen. Pamela Resor, D-Acton, according to the release.