Toxics & Health

Taking precautionary steps to reduce the negative impacts of toxics
Toxics & Health
Our priority is to protect the health of San Franciscans and the environment through policies, information, and recognition programs. In addition, we provide and promote reduction, recycling and safe disposal alternatives for potentially harmful materials.
SF Environment's toxics reduction program works with a wide variety of community groups, businesses, and public agencies at the local, state, and federal levels.
Core Principles
The Precautionary Principle, Green Chemistry and Producer Responsibility are core principles that guide our policies, programs and recommendations.



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Consumers have a wealth of products to choose from, whether it’s personal care products, pesticides, cleaning products or paint. By reducing the chemical products you bring into your home or office, you can protect your health and our environment. SF Environment can help you make those important decisions.


Reducing exposure to chemical products makes for healthy homes, gardens, schools and workplaces. SF Environment develops strong guidelines to help you maintain a healthy environment.


A business has the potential to be a leader for environmental awareness, showcasing greening efforts to other businesses, customers, and the larger San Francisco community. SF Environment is committed to working with businesses to help green their operations and practices—from hospitals and dentists to garment cleaners, offices, restaurants, and more.


Every year, six million people in the US are injured or become ill from work related causes, which include direct exposure to toxic substances. We have created customized campaigns for business to help reduce worker exposure. These include trainings for nurses about toxics in the health-care setting, dry-cleaning workers on safer dry-cleaning solvents, janitorial workers on green cleaning and nail salon workers on safer products and practices.