U.S. Toxic Release Inventory (kg)
In 2005, no landfill disposal of toxic release inventory materials was made.
Dow Corning has reduced emissions to the air by 6% and emissions to
the water by 64%, when compared to the 1997 baseline. Although an increase
has been noticed in these numbers from 2002 to 2005, attributed mainly to the
company’s continuing increases in production, emissions levels remain within
the limits allowed by our operating permits.
Toxic Release Table - 1997 to 2005 (PDF Size: 21 KB)
This graph shows the carbon dioxide equivalent released per kilogram (kg) of
product produced for three main product categories, which group products
according to the energy required for their production. Results are reported
relative to a baseline average for years 1998 through 2001. (This is the
baseline mandated by the Chicago Climate Exchange. It is being used by Dow
Corning as a measure for energy and CO2 reduction targets.) The graph shows
that two of the three product categories have made an improvement relative to
the baseline, showing a greater than 30% improvement as of 2006. The two
have also both improved slightly over 2005.
showing Relative CO2Intensity against a 1998-2001 average
baseline (PDF Size: 21 KB)
The graph below indicates the energy used per kilogram (kg) of product
produced for the three product categories, relative to the baseline average.
Two of the categories have made significant improvements relative to the
baseline, with one showing a greater than 30% improvement, and the other a
greater than 20% improvement in 2006. The two have also both improved slightly
over 2005. Overall, Dow Corning is on track to meet its internal energy
graph showing Relative energy efficiency against a 1998-2001 baseline (PDF
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Employee Health & Safety
At Dow Corning, our priority of safety is based on our commitment to an
injury-free work environment. Our focus is on preventing situations that cause
injury or illness. There has been a small fluctuation in numbers
compared to previous years. Dow Corning’s internal safety programs continue to
help the company sustain its health and safety performance in alignment with
its Employee Health & Safety Goals.
showing Employee Health & Safety: Total Number of Incidents (PDF Size:
Our commitment to safety extends to our employees as well as our
communities. Our manufacturing operations and other facilities undergo scrutiny
to uncover and correct potential issues. If an incident does occur, it is
carefully investigated for identification of the root cause, and corrective
action is taken to avoid recurrence. Solutions are shared globally, so other
sites can benefit from the learning. Dow Corning management placed significant
attention on safety programs in 2006, focusing on identifying and
eliminating unsafe practices and procedures. This increased awareness, plus
the implementation of internal safety programs and campaigns, is making a real
difference. While the number of fires and explosions increased slightly, there
was a sizeable decrease in the number of spills and releases. We continue to
make progress toward our Process Safety goals.
table showing Incidents recorded from 2003 to 2006 (PDF Size: 14