Health, Safety and the Environment
3M Canada has a long history of responsible environmental stewardship, and remains committed to continuous improvement in environmental, health and safety performance.
We comply with respective regulations, but that is just the starting point. In many cases, our corporate policies and goals far exceed legal requirements.
Meeting this internal criteria has resulted in a number of innovative and leading edge programs in areas ranging from air emissions to energy conservation and ergonomics.
Each 3M Canada facility has formal environmental, employee safety, industrial hygiene, security and emergency response programs reflecting the unique nature of each operation.
We also review the environmental, health and safety aspects of our products, from development through manufacturing, use and disposal.
Regular internal audits ensure these programs are working. Environmental progress, for example, is monitored by our Environmental Management System operating in tandem with ISO 14001 registration, which is accepted worldwide as the premier standard for constantly improving environmental performance.
We are working hard to serve today's customers safely, while respecting the resource needs of future generations.
Environmental Goals - 2005-2010
- Reduce waste (non product output) per pound of product output by 20%
- Reduce volatile air emissions per pound of product output by 25%
- Improve energy efficiency per pound of product output by 20%
- Each facility to implement specified number of Pollution Prevention Pays projects
Safety and Health
3M Canada’s safety record is among the best in the Canadian industry, as well as in 3M’s global operations.
However, assuming all workplace accidents and illnesses are preventable, we work toward continuous improvement in all facets of safety and health in the plant, office, laboratory and on the road.
Our Health and Safety Policy:
Regardless of job level, each employee is accountable for managing a safe working environment through proactive identification and elimination of hazards. Each must be committed to:
- Making health and safety part of daily job duties and business decisions
- Meeting or exceeding all external regulations and company standards
- Designing safe processes and operating facilities safely
- Training to reduce risks on and off the job
- Sharing information about potentially unsafe conditions, study results
- Participating in investigations, audits and follow-up activities
Health and Safety Practices:
Each location has a comprehensive safety program, based on the principles of internal responsibility and due diligence.
- Safety orientation and job-hazard-specific training
- Accident/near miss investigation and follow-up
- Process safety management
- Industrial hygiene and ergonomics evaluations
- Proactive worker protection programs
- Contractor safety workplace inspections
- Joint worker/management health and safety committees
- Driver training
- Fire plan
Recognizing that people are five times as likely to be injured off the job than at work and that many serious illnesses are lifestyle related, our program includes holistic elements such as wellness programs, which help employees lead happier and healthier, as well as safer lives.
Life Cycle Management
3M has adopted a Life Cycle Management (LCM) approach to new and existing products. This holistic approach encompasses the whole product supply chain, from raw materials through manufacturing to disposal and recycling, in order to minimize the energy consumption and the overall environmental footprint of products.
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P.O. Box 5757, London, Ontario N6A 4T1
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