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Philip Dickey

Philip Dickey is Staff Scientist at the Washington Toxics Coalition, a non-profit environmental health organization in Seattle. Since 1988 he has Directed the Home Safe Home Program, which educates consumers about the hazards of household chemicals and helps them to choose safer alternatives.

Over the past 10 years, Dickey has investigated priority pollutant metals in household products, the use and safety of alkylphenol ethoxylate surfactants, and hazard rating systems for consumer products. He has written two consumer guides that rate products for health and environmental hazards.

Current projects include the Green Gardening Program, which teaches environmentally-sensitive home landscape maintenance, and the Master Home Environmentalist Program, which trains volunteers to do in-home environmental health assessments. In the last several years, the Green Gardening Program has focused attention on educating professional landscapers and retailers through workshops and a series of IPM fact sheets. In 1999 Dickey assisted the cities of Seattle and San Francisco by assessing pesticide products for use in IPM programs.

Philip Dickey came to the household hazardous waste field with a diverse background which includes a Ph.D. in nuclear physics, three years of post-doctoral research in experimental nuclear physics, and ten years as a performing musician and builder of reproductions of eighteenth century flutes.