Environmental Health and Safety
Protecting our social and physical environment is one of 3M's core values. At 3M Wausau, we achieve this through our commitment to proactive environmental management.
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Management System
3M Wausau'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, and
- Includes a process for identifying issues, developing formal action plans, setting goals and measuring results.
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 Wausau's environmental strategy. Since 1976, 3M Wausau has completed 21 3P projects which prevented more than 300 tons of air pollution, 510 tons of water pollution, 162,220 tons of waste, 1.021 Million gallons of wastewater, 5,830.3 tons of Green House Gases (GHG) and saved more than $7.5 million since the first year of the projects.
3M Wausau received ISO 14001:2004 Certification on June 28, 2010.