Product Stewardship

Product Stewardship is the act of minimizing the health, safety, environmental, and social impacts of a product and its packaging throughout all lifecycle stages. Strategic integration of global product stewardship and regulatory affairs (PS&RA) programs with business practices can enable companies to accelerate global growth, reduce risks, and enhance reputation. Effective product stewardship principles are important for the current and emerging regulatory standards in global commerce, including the EU-REACH chemical registration program, the UN’s Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, and the World Health Organization’s harmonization standards for Chemical Risk Assessment. Further, there is an increasing awareness among end users regarding chemicals in consumer products, as illustrated by the marketing of green chemicals and several recent high profile events involving consumer product incidents. Exponent’s product stewardship team has the technical, regulatory, and professional experience necessary to address the complex product stewardship challenges that businesses face on a daily basis providing your business with a proactive approach to minimizing the health, safety, environmental and social impacts of your products.

Stewardship Support

Exponent’s product stewardship team can help you address questions that arise in all aspect of the product stewardship life cycle.

Research and Design — How does one achieve the proper function, high performance, long durability, and low cost for products, while minimizing potential risks to health or the environment from the manufacture , use and disposal of the product? What alternatives are available to chemicals of concern? What materials, engineering, and health and safety testing is required to assess performance, durability, and health and environmental liabilities? What procedures should be put in place to protect the health of research staff, manufacturing employees, suppliers’ employees, and consumers? How will material and design factors affect production costs, product utility, health and safety, and corporate liability? 

Registration — What types of information must be developed to successfully register a product for use in a particular country? What test protocols must be followed? How should the results be summarized for submission to regulatory authorities?

Manufacturing — What information should be incorporated into the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for this product? What is the best way to protect worker health? What safety training is needed? What kind of workplace monitoring should be done to ensure that exposure limits are not being exceeded? What should be included in an emergency management plan? What will likely be the concerns raised among workers and in the neighboring community by an accidental or emergency release, and what is the best way to respond to those concerns? How do you prepare for unannounced regulatory inspections? What issues should a corporate risk management strategy address (e.g., an insurance contract, self-insured)? What should be included in a corporate records retention policy? How can we assure that our suppliers are in compliance and responsibly manufacturing raw materials? Should audits of toll manufactures be conducted?

Product Sales and Marketing — What information must be included on label and product brochures? What is the best way to answer questions from customers and/or end users? Should you pre-prepare information packages for Poison Control Centers? For veterinary clinics? How do you accurately evaluate and communicate potential risks? What actions may be necessary in response to product liability claims? How do you respond to news or Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls and alerts? Is a special label required (e.g., as specified under Proposition 65)? How can we assure our customers are responsibly using our products? What are our responsibilities to and liabilities through our customers?

Transportation — What emergency information and training should truck drivers be given in case of an accident? What instructions for crowd control should the driver have, in order to minimize by-stander exposures? Should trucks carry special emergency gear? Should transportation routes and transportation means be evaluated to ensure public and environmental safety?

Disposal and Recycling — What are the appropriate alternatives and consequences for end-of-life product disposal or recycling? What are the likely financial costs for remediation and disposal of contaminated soils and water associated with a product and related facilities? What beneficial uses of contaminated properties can be developed? What are the long-term potential risks to the organization and its employees/clients?

Exponent’s Product Stewardship team of health and ecological scientists, global regulatory specialists and engineers are ready to assist in product stewardship support, whether it be evaluating health, safety, and environmental risks or improving the product design and the business process.

Recent Publications

Bogen K, Volberg V, Garry MR. Risks of allergic contact dermatitis elicited by nickel, chromium, and (meth)acrylates: modeled comparisons of published patch-test data on ~6,000 sensitive individuals. Presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology, San Diego, CA March 22-26, 2015. 


Freeman E, Koblis K, Staveley J, Kierski M. A Chemical Risk Prioritization Scoring Process for the Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Industry. Presented at the 53nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology, Phoenix AZ. March 23-27, 2014. 


Freeman E and Nunz J. Tools to Assist in the Implementation of Alternatives Assessments Implementation: Putting Pencil to Paper. Presentation through the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CPSA) Webinar Series October 21, 2015. 

Freeman E and Staveley J. Authoring Product Stewardship Summaries to Comply with Responsible Care® Initiatives. Presented at the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Spring Meeting Nashville, TN. April 1-4, 2012. 

Sheehan P, Bogen KT, Singhal A, Kalmes R, Robert M, Fedoruk MJ. Wearable products and allergic contact dermatitis: a new risk assessment challenge. Presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology, San Diego, CA March 22-26, 2015. 

Sheehan P, Cooper M, McNulty J, White K. Wearable technology – trends, design & risk considerations. Presented at the SFAI Thought Leadership Webinar. Sports Fitness Industry Association. November 18, 2014. 

Sheehan P, Bogen K, Posson M, Singhal A, Glomski M, Hellerstein J. Assessing anthraquinone (AQ) exposure from food packaging: a product stewardship challenge in Europe. Presented at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo, San Antonio, TX May 31-June 5, 2014. 

Sheehan P, Bogen KT, Singhal A. Estimating an acceptable intake of anthraquinone (AQ) in food packaging. Presented at the 53nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology, Phoenix AZ March 23-27, 2014. 

Sheehan P, Bogen K, Posson M, Hellerstein J. Characterizing potential chemical exposures and associated risks from food packaging: A product stewardship challenge. Presented at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo, Montreal, Canada May 18-23, 2013.

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