Where would the sign be posted?
The signs would need to be posted in a publicly visible location, such as where consumers drop off or pick up their dry cleaning. If the business is web based or accepts web orders the sign would need to be clearly displayed on the website.
Who would be responsible for filling out the signs?
It would be the responsibility of the owner/operator of dry cleaning facilities and depots to obtain a sign (either by printing it out from the City's website or by requesting a print copy), to mark the solvents used accurately, to post it in a publicly visible location and to keep the sign current.
What would the sign look like?
Some possible designs are shown below. Toronto Public Health is looking for your input on the design of the notifications and information that the signs would include.
The information that would be included in the sign may include the potential health and environmental effects of the solvents. This will partly be determined by the results of the consultations being conducted by the City. If the health and environmental effects are noted on the disclosure signs, it would be based on the most up-to-date, accurate research by recognized bodies, including the World Health Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI).
The City is exploring the following options for the point of sale solvent disclosure sign.
Option 1: A solvent disclosure sign that indicates the name of the solvent(s) used by the business;
Option 2: A solvent disclosure sign that indicates the name of solvent(s) used by the business along with a colour code for each solvent that provides a general guide to the health and environmental risks for the solvent; or
Option 3: Cleaners that only provide wet cleaning services would display an 'Environmentally Friendly' sign.
Option 4: Two signs would be used: one if the establishment uses solvents and another if the establishment offers wet cleaning. Cleaners that offer dry cleaning and wet cleaning would post two signs, one indicating the solvents that are used and the second indicating that environmentally friendly wet cleaning services are offered.