WACKER ensures that its products, if used properly, pose no risk to humans or the environment. Product information is always up to date and any new findings are immediately reflected in risk assessments. We currently compile material safety data sheets for all our sales products regardless of legal provisions. In total, over 50,000 material safety data sheets are available from WACKER in up to 28 languages.
EU-wide REACH legislation took effect in June 2007. It governs the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals within member states. We have been preparing for REACH requirements since the European Commission issued its white paper on chemicals policy in 2001. REACH requires more information about chemical products’ properties. This necessitates an increase in legally-stipulated animal testing. WACKER makes every effort to avoid animal testing and only performs ECHA-approved tests. In doing so, we use recognized alternative methods such as in-vitro tests and bundle materials with the same modes of action for group testing.
Products for Climate Protection
WACKER not only undertakes a great deal internally to ensure that production is environmentally compatible, but also makes an important contribution to energy efficiency and climate protection with a myriad of products. One example is VINNAPASpolymer powder. VINNAPAS® helps insulate buildings against heat and cold – reducing energy costs by as much as 60%.
As one of the largest producers of hyperpure polycrystalline silicon, we supply the solar industry and thereby contribute to the increasing use of renewable and environmentally-compatible energy sources. Each metric ton of polysilicon used in solar modules prevents the emission of some 2,500 metric tons of CO2.