Similar to EPDs, HPDs are used to communicate the health impacts of products to purchasing decision makers. HPDs are customer-facing documents that disclose the health risks and hazards of products.
While EPDs disclose environmental information, HPDs disclose information related to your products’ ingredients and their potential hazards. Our role is to provide HPDs that meet the requirements of LEED v4 and answer critical questions about the health impacts of the products you sell. We also support other forms of chemical transparency documentation including Declare, UL Product Lens, Cradle to Cradle Material Health Certificates, and customer specific chemical questionnaires.
There are two key elements to each Chemical Transparency effort like HPDs and Declare. The Assessment and the Strategy.
Chemical Transparency (HPD) Assessment
Because the process of an HPD and an EPD are so similar, it is most affordable to combine EPDs and HPDs under the same project. Building on the information collected in the EPD process, we utilize assessment protocols to collect and evaluate risks and hazards of each raw material down to 100ppm levels. We can also help clients achieve third party verification of their HPDs, manage the Google Portico Health Material Tool, and help with public disclosure.
Chemical Transparency (HPD) Strategy
Our Chemical Transparency Strategies focus on four items:
Communications - Based on your product’s performance and those disclosed by your competitors, we help you understand and strategize how to tell your product’s health risk and hazard story, develop credible marketing materials, and craft messages for your website. We train your sales force on how to effectively use HPDs.
Continual Improvement - Continual improvement is part of the chemical transparency / HPD process. We work with your product development teams to explain the disclosures, risk and hazards, highlight areas for improvement, and evaluate different products as part of future product development.
Context - The chemical transparency process includes a massive amount of information. Our role is to help you understand the context of each process and keep you focused on the things that matter.
Verification - For clients seeking third party verified Health Product Declarations, WAP Sustainability has been approved as a third party verifier by the Health Product Declaration Collaborative. WAP Sustainability is also an approved Verifier for Declare.
Value Chain Chemical Management (VCCM®) Approach
WAP Sustainability recognizes that HPDs are not the only format of Chemical Transparency reporting a manufacturer may be asked to participate in. Cradle to Cradle Material Health Certificates, Declare Labels, Mindful Materials, Portico, Product LENS are all chemical transparency programs additional to the HPD. WAP Sustainability has developed a custom Software as a Service (SaaS) called the Value Chain Chemical Management (VCCM®) System.
Our proprietary approach aggregates chemical transparency requirements from over a dozen chemical transparency systems into one common reporting framework. WAP Sustainability assists manufacturers in the collection and management of chemical transparency to support chemical transparency reporting. The VCCM® system helps manufactures collect and manage complex chemical transparency information to support faster chemical transparency reporting to meet market requests.
The entire VCCM® is verifiable and contributes LEED points under the MRc4 Option 3, Supply Chain Optimization Credit. Manufacturers interested in providing feedback to suppliers are able to take advantage of WAP Sustainability's Responsible Supplier® Platform, our easy to understand chemical transparency and sustainability scorecard for the supply chain.