Chemical Awareness toolkit
What is CAt and where does all the data come from?
The Chemical Awareness toolkit (CAt) is a free web application that provides rapid access to chemical information for product stewards, risk assessors, toxicologists, chemists, microbiologists, engineers, and other researchers. It includes screening tools that provide chemical information including toxicological hazards, environmental fate, persistence & bioaccumulation, occupational exposure limits, government regulations, and public perception.
CAt utilizes an integrated database containing information from key lists provided by Verisk 3E, publicly available lists, databases, predictions and direct links to other relevant sources of chemical information.
Why is CAt being released?
As part of DuPont's 2020 commitments to PFAS & Sustainability, CAt is being freely released to the public for educational purposes. It demonstrates how data from many sources can be aggregated and displayed to get a quick and friendly grasp of hazards or concerns associated with chemicals, the first step in the product stewardship and risk assessment processes. DuPont has been using this technology on much larger data sets including internal and purchased data for over 15 years to understand chemicals both inside and outside our supply chain to provide the necessary knowledge and drive the conversations/actions to ensure health and safety in both the workplace and the environment.
Where did CAt come from?
CAt is the latest revision of internal software that originated in DuPont's Central Research & Development (CR&D) - Environmental & Microbiological Sciences & Engineering in 2004. Within a few years, the system was transferred to the Haskell Global Center for Health & Environmental Sciences, where it continued to develop and serve the R&D community. Today the system resides within DuPont Science & Innovation and has been shared with Corteva through a B2B platform.
In 2006, the DuPont EU Regulatory group reached out to CR&D to get needed chemical data for over 400 substances needed for EU REACH compliance in less than a month. What would have been an impossible job for 8 information scientists, was completed in two hours? That same internal process now takes less than a few minutes. (While the service is free, each query is limited to a maximum of 5 substances.)
Who is CAt for?
While CAt is an ideal tool for those beginning a Product Stewardship review, it is for everyone: industry, government, academia, and common users.
- Understand known and potential human health & environmental hazards, as well as the environmental fate of chemicals.
- Compare information for new replacement substances alongside historical banned/restricted substances like brake cleaning fluids.
- Learn about ingredients in food or drinks: comparisons between common sugars (glucose & sucrose) alongside artificial sweeteners (aspartame & sucralose).
- Identify potential issues with chemicals in the supply chain that might require review, remediation, and/or emissions control.
- Link to other information repositories not (currently) contained within CAt.
- Integration in higher education programs such as Product Stewardship and Toxicology.