I regularly conduct research on the health and environmental impacts of chemicals in products and manufacturing processes and options for safer alternatives. I have researched the impacts of flame retardants (starting in 2001), institutional and household cleaning products, garment cleaning solvents, antibacterial compounds, endocrine-disrupting compounds such as Bisphenol-A and phthalates. I’ve researched chemical use and alternatives in the health care sector, hotel cleaning, residential cleaning services, electronics, furniture, interior textiles, toys, personal care products and cosmetics, among others. See below for summaries and details of presentations from my current and past research activities.
Also, be sure to check out the YouTube video, “Disinfectant Horror Show!”
“Household Hazards” PDF
Women’s Voices for the Earth
This report formed the basis of legislation introduced in 2009 by Senator Al Franken, requiring disclosure of ingredients in household chemicals.
June 30, 2007
Pollution Prevention and African-American Hair Salons PDF
Pollution Prevention Grant Final Report, Environmental Finance Center Region 9
“Brominated Flame Retardants: At What Cost?” PDF
Environmental Health San Mateo County ReNews,
Health and Environmental Hazards of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) and other Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs)
“Health and Environmental Hazards of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) and other Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs)” PDF
International POPS Elimination Network Fact Sheet
“Brominated Flame Retardants in Dust on Computers: The Case for Safer Chemicals and Better Computer Design”
Computer Take Back Campaign
Alexandra McPherson, Beverly Thorpe, Ann Blake, Ph.D.