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Poll of Small Business Owners on Toxic Chemicals

In September, 2012 ASBC commissioned a poll of small business owners regarding their opinions on toxic chemicals and reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Major findings from the poll underscore the importance of regulating toxic chemicals:

  • Small business owners (SBOs) generally believe toxic chemicals pose a threat to people’s health, and support stricter regulation and greater disclosure of toxic chemicals. Three-quarters support stricter regulation of chemicals used in everyday products.
  • The values driving the views of small business owners in this area are responsibility, safety, and accessible information. Nearly all SBOs believe there should be a publicly accessible database identifying toxic chemicals, and nearly all believe manufacturers should be held responsible for chemical safety.
  • Most business owners explicitly support government regulations of the products companies buy and sell, and nearly three out of four support a proposed reform of the Toxic Substances Reform Act requiring manufacturers to show their chemicals are safe.

Download a PowerPoint presentation of the findings, or a topline tabulation of the results.

The poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners, was a national online survey which reached a geographically stratified sample of 511 small business owners across the U.S.  The data were weighted by gender, region, ethnicity, industry type, and business size to match the sample to the national population of small business owners.   The margin of error for the survey is +/- 4.4%.