Over 50 years of research on silicones and the substances used to manufacture them demonstrates that they are safe for human health and the environment when used as intended.
Silicones take many forms (see forms of silicones), and they all vary in their production process. The silicones industry takes great care to research the substances that go into these processes – Visit our “Commitments and responsibilities” section to consult our emissions management guide, recommended analytical methods and operational safety considerations.
Siloxanes, and in particular so-called “cyclosiloxanes” are crucial for many of the core silicone products on the market today. The silicones industry is at the forefront of research and leading the way in ensuring that the different uses of the main cyclosiloxanes (also called D4, D5 and D6) are safe and create value. For the latest updates, please subscribe to our science newsletter. We have also developed a technical and a general factsheet that provide basic information about these substances.
Silicones provide an extensive range of benefits across countless sectors. Because of its wide use, it is important to ensure that it does not appear in the environment at levels that could cause concern.