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D6 - Health and Environment

Environment

Environmental protection – our priority

The environmental properties and fate of D6 have been the subject of extensive study for many years, including recent environmental monitoring programmes. The results of this continuous research demonstrate that the substance does not behave as a so called PBT (persistent, bioaccumulating, toxic) in the environment as it used today.

Committed to the responsible use of silicones, the industry continues to evaluate the science behind the material through several rigorous research programs and regularly communicates research findings to customers, government officials and the scientific community.

 

What happens in the environment?

D6 evaporates and degrades in the air under the influence of sunlight. The small amounts that may remain in soil degrade, and in water will partition to particles (its hydrolysis is very slow in water). Ultimately, the substance becomes silica (sand), carbon dioxide and water.

D6 is not entering the environment in a quantity or concentration or under conditions that constitute or may constitute a danger to human life or health as announced by Health Canada.

For more details on the environmental properties of D6 please visit the Science section of this website.

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Health

Safety first!

There is nothing more important to the silicones industry than the safety of its products. More than 50 years of scientific research have been dedicated to assess the safety of silicones and siloxanes relative to workers, consumers, the environment and manufacturing processes.

The results of this continuous research and testing demonstrate that silicones and siloxanes, including D6, are safe in their diverse and vital applications. Health Canada, has reviewed the scientific data and confirmed the safety of D6 for human health.

Product stewardship

Committed to the responsible use of silicones, the industry continues to evaluate the science behind the materials through several rigorous research programs. Research methods include computer modeling, laboratory testing, environmental monitoring and other approaches.

 

The silicones industry cooperates closely with regulatory agencies and expert scientific panels in North America, Europe and Japan, and share new research data with them as it becomes available.

Regulatory agencies, for example Health Canada, have reviewed the scientific data and confirmed the safety of D6 for human health.

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