On November 13, 2009, the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families campaign presented a webinar on “Chemicals Policy Reform and its Importance for Business“.  More than 200 participants from diverse sectors listened as professionals from industry and nongovernmental organizations discussed opportunities for meaningful changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The TSCA reform platform aims to take action on the worst chemicals, ensure the right to know, hold industry responsible for demonstrating chemical safety, and require basic information for all chemicals.  We look forward to watching how TSCA reform will shake out in the hands of policy makers in Washington, DC.

In the meantime, we highlight one company who has taken the initiative to communicate information about the ingredients in their products: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

We know SC Johnson as the makers of Pledge, Windex, Raid, and a host of other household products that are intended to control dust and make the air smell good.  How do they do it?  Well, they use cocktails of chemicals.  It’s not a secret.

As a matter of fact, it’s the opposite of a secret.

SC Johnson has disclosed the ingredients of all of its home cleaning and air care products on the website What’s Inside SC Johnson and on product labels and via a toll-free consumer hotline.  In addition to listing the ingredients, they are defining them and including an explanation of their purpose in the product.  Soon, the information will be available in Spanish.

Kudos to S.C. Johnson for their efforts to communicate to consumers.

Granted, I still don’t understand the risks to a pet canary from the Benzophenone-12 stabilizer in the Baked Pear™ & Cinnamon Treat® candle, but the house smells really good.