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Environmental Health and Safety

Protecting our social and physical environment is one of 3M's core values. At 3M Ames, we achieve this through our commitment to proactive environmental management.

Managing Our Environmental Footprint

Environmental Health and Safety Management System

3M Ames EHS Management System promotes sound environmental management. It helps us to manage the environmental footprint of our operations, drive sustainable growth, and address the expectations of our stakeholders. These stakeholders include our employees, customers, regulators, environmental groups, and the communities surrounding our plant.

Our EHS Management System:

  • Includes an integrated, holistic system that anticipates and addresses long-term issues and drives continuous improvement.
  • Promotes a strategic planning process that integrates EHS issues into business planning.
  • Includes a process for identifying issues, developing formal action plans, setting goals and measuring results.

Pollution Prevention

3M pioneered the concept of pollution prevention with the creation of the pollution prevention pays (3P) program in 1975. The 3P program is based on the reality that pollution prevention is more environmentally effective, technically sound and economical than conventional pollution control equipment. Natural resources, energy and money are used to build conventional pollution controls, and more resources are consumed operating them. Conventional controls are temporarily and do not eliminate the problem. 3P seeks to eliminate pollution at the source through product reformulation, process modification, equipment redesign, and the recycling and reuse of waste materials.

3P is a key element of 3M Ames' environmental strategy. Since 1980, we have completed 90 3P projects which prevented more than 2500 tons of air pollution and 3300 tons of solid waste.

Key Environmental Health and Safety Accomplishments
We are particularly proud of our work around the following:

  • 3M Ames received ISO 14001 certification in 2000.
  • 3M Ames was recognized with two Ergonomics Achievements Awards in 2004.
  • 3M Ames was awarded the 3M Chairman's EHS Leadership Award in 2007.
  • 3M Ames was awarded the 2009 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award.


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