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Environmental Health and Safety

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

Managing Our Environmental Footprint

Environmental Health and Safety Management System

3M Tonawanda’s 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

3P (Pollution Prevention Pays) is a key element of 3M Tonawanda's environmental strategy. Since 2001, 3M Tonawanda has completed 13 individual 3P projects which have prevented more that 140 tons of air pollution, 1,800 ton of water pollution, 3,500 tons of waste and 4,100 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the projects reduced energy usage by over 50,000 mmBTU and saved the company $9,000,000 in the first year of implementation.

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.

Key Environmental Accomplishments:

Chairman's Award:
Recognizing teams, individuals, and facilities that exemplify 3M's commitment to a safe, healthy workplace and sustainable growth, the 3M Chairman's Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Leadership Award is one of 3M's highest honors. Tonawanda has been the recipient of two Chairman's Awards to date:

  • 2006 Chairman's EHS Leadership Award
  • 2003 Chairman's EHS Leadership Award

Environmental Management System:

  • 3M Tonawanda is ISO 14001:2004 certified


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