EPA Releases Update to Federal Purchasing Search Tool Regarding PFAS

The update is in regard to Green Seal product standards and forever chemicals.

By HFT Staff

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) released an update to its federal purchasing search tool that highlights the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) prohibitions and plastic waste reduction requirements in Green Seal’s product standards. The newly revised tool allows users to identify which ecolabel standards contain PFAS and plastic reduction criteria, making it easier for federal purchasers to meet sustainability goals and mandates.  

EPA’s Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing give preference to multi-attribute standards and ecolabels and are intended to help federal purchasers identify and procure environmentally sustainable products and services. The newest revisions to the Recommendations’ search tool allow users to view the standards by how they address PFAS and plastic in addition to their product category.  

This update showcases Green Seal’s commitment to taking a leadership position on addressing hazardous forever chemicals. Green Seal’s standards have long prohibited long-chain PFAS formally classified as hazardous. However, a growing body of evidence indicates that short-chain PFAS have the same harmful health and environmental effects as the legacy PFAS they are replacing. Green Seal updated its standards for cleaning and personal care products in 2022 to prohibit all approximately 12,000 chemicals in this class and is currently updating the PFAS prohibition in its standards for paints and coatings, floor care products, adhesives and degreasers. 

For detailed information on EPA’s Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing, visit epa.gov/greenerproducts/recommendations-specifications-standards-and-ecolabels-federal-purchasing

February 8, 2024

Topic Area: Maintenance and Operations

Recent Posts

Selecting the Right Team for Healthcare Projects

Focusing on key criteria ensure design and construction teams deliver a facility that is safe, functional and tailored to a specific healthcare setting.

How the Ascension Ransomware Attack Happened

An employee mistakenly downloaded a malicious file.

Community Health Network Announces New Central Indiana Campus

The new 425,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed in mid-2026.

Lighting and Wayfinding: Keys to Senior Independence

Lighting can make wayfinding more manageable in senior living communities.

RUHS and PMB Break Ground on The Wellness Village Project

The 445,000-square-foot integrated health village is slated for completion in 2026.


FREE Newsletter Signup Form

News & Updates | Webcast Alerts
Building Technologies | & More!


All fields are required. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.


Healthcare Facilities Today membership includes free email newsletters from our facility-industry brands.

Facebook   Twitter   LinkedIn   Posts

Copyright © 2023 TradePress. All rights reserved.