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Sustainable Product Innovation by Dariush Rafinejad

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CHAPTER 10

PUBLIC POLICY AND BUILDING INHERENT SAFETY BY DESIGN

Environmental, health, and safety (EHS) regulations and standards impose constraints throughout a product’s life cycle from design to end-of-life (EOL) disposal. For example, regulations might require product safety in handling and use and labor safety in the manufacturing workplace. The distribution, storage, transportation, and EOL waste disposal of products also could be regulated for public safety and environmental protection.

Government intervention for the protection of the common good goes beyond EHS standards and could be designed to impact the evolution of new technologies and products and to support targeted industries. The U.S. government has supported early-phase research ...

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