Water Treatment Chemicals Standards Helps Manufacturers Measure Environmental Impact

by | Apr 16, 2015

NSF International and the American Water Works Association have published the first American national standard for assessing the sustainability of water treatment chemical products: NSF/AWWA/ANSI 416: Sustainability Assessment Standard for Water Treatment Chemical Products.

Manufacturers and distributors (including repackagers and relabelers) of water treatment chemicals now have a framework for measuring and reducing the environmental impacts of their products, providing more sustainable purchase options to municipal water treatment facilities and industrial and consumer users of treatment chemicals, the organizations say.

To obtain certification to this standard, companies must have implemented environmental and social management policies, and measure and document their water and energy use. They must also meet all prerequisite requirements pertaining to product design, manufacturing processes, efficacy and corporate social responsibility, as well as optional criteria in these categories.

Companies meeting these requirements can minimize the environmental and human impacts of their products and have the potential to reduce costs through more efficient use of materials, energy and water, NSF says.

The sustainability assessment criteria of NSF/AWWA/ANSI 416 are divided into five categories:

  1. Chemical Product Design: Encourages product designers and developers to minimize negative environmental and human impacts throughout the product life cycle.
  2. Chemical Product Manufacturing Process: Encourages manufacturers to monitor and minimize the environmental impacts of the product’s manufacturing process.
  3. Chemical Product Efficacy: Ensures the product performs at or above recognized industry standards.
  4. Product End-of-Life Management: Ensures products, including their packaging, can be collected and re-processed within existing recycling infrastructure.
  5. Corporate Governance: Encourages organizational leadership and social responsibility with a focus on occupational health and safety, data transparency and community involvement.

Certification to NSF/AWWA/ANSI 416 is based on point totals. Manufacturers or distributors working with a certified manufacturer must meet all prerequisite requirements and a minimum number of applicable optional criteria for their product to be certified.

Certified products and related advertising or marketing materials may carry the NSF International Sustainability Certified mark and are included in NSF International’s certified product listings.


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