3M's Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Management System promotes sound environmental management at our facilities worldwide. It helps us address changing customer needs and expectations as we continue to drive sustainable growth. The 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 unit strategic plans
- requires each business unit to identify EHS issues, develop formal action plans, set goals and measure results
- requires a Life Cycle Management review of all new products and of existing products on a prioritised basis.
Life Cycle Management
An integral part of the new EHS Management System is Life Cycle Management (LCM). Instead of only focusing on the manufacturing process to control environmental, health, safety and energy effects, the spotlight is now on products throughout their entire life cycle, from manufacturing through customer use and disposal. 3M has adopted a Life Cycle Management Policy requiring all business units to conduct LCM reviews for all new products and to conduct LCM reviews on existing products on a prioritised basis. LCM reviews of all existing products must be completed by 2010.
- 3M South Africa is certified by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) ISO 14001: 1996, Environmental Management Systems. This is related to the Environmental Management Systems that are associated with the manufacture, storage, warehousing and distribution of 3M products. This includes energy use, as well as waste management, and covers general site activities and administrative areas.
- 3M South Africa is also certified according to ISO 9002: 1994 Certificate of Registration. This quality system registration is included in the UL's Directory of Registered Firms and applies to the provision of goods and services. 3M's certification pertains to the manufacture and supply of products to splice, insulate, terminate, protect and identify electrical and telecommunication conductors.