Protecting People & Their Environment

We understand the importance of safeguarding the health and well-being of employees in hazardous working conditions, so we partner with you to help protect your workers and their environment.


Communication SolutionsComplex systems require comprehensive engineering. By integrating software, electronic, and mechanical expertise, 3M creates systems that complement each other and enable exceptional performance.

Innovation at Work:

Originally developed to allow communication in aviation and military applications, this technology has been extended to the industrial and consumer market.

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The 3M™ PELTOR™ MT Series Intrinsically Safe Two-Way Communication Headset is designed for workers who need reliable communication while working in volatile, high-noise environments. Available in standard headband, neckband and hard hat-attached models so workers can find the most comfortable solution to best fit their needs.

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Entrance MattingCombining nonwoven materials and polymer melt processing technologies, 3M was able to develop matting that traps, holds and hides dirt, sand and moisture. The foam backing minimizes slipping and keeps floors clean and safe.

Innovation at Work:

This mat can handle up to 1,000,000 people per year - foot traffic or lightweight wheeled traffic. (3M™ Nomad™ Heavy Duty Scraper Matting 8150)

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Resilient vinyl loop construction traps, holds and hides dirt, sand and moisture. Surface stays neat and clean. Foam backing reduces creeping and holds moisture, dirt and sand off floor. It is easy and inexpensive to maintain -- just shake or rinse out.

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EyeWear Scientifically engineered by 3M, RAS is an advanced anti-scratch lens coating designed to enhance eyewear performance in rugged, abrasive, environments.

Innovation at Work:

RAS super hard coat leverages over 30 years of 3M coating chemistry expertise to offer long-lasting lens protection that’s clearly different.

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Maxim™ Eyewear with RAS. Emerging from a rich heritage of advanced coating innovation, 3M introduces Rugged Anti-Scratch (RAS) super hard coat for non-prescription safety eyewear lenses. RAS helps provide protection against scratches in the toughest of environments.

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Fabric Protector3M has discovered that when fluorinated and specialty materials are used in conjunction, products have outstanding temperature and chemical resistance, making them ideal for many products that operate in extreme and hostile environments.

Innovation at Work:

Patsy Sherman and Sam Smith are credited with inventing Scotchgard™ Fabric Protector when they observed a drop spilled on an assistant's canvas tennis shoe resisted stains and water.

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Fabric treatment protects against soil, stains and rain formulas. It is for upholstery, leather, ties, outdoor fabrics, clothing and fine fabrics. A protector for OEM use only is also available.

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Fall Protection 3M offers real solutions for escape and resque, built around descent technology that is innovative and designed for ease of use.

Innovation at Work:

The innovative system enables workers to steadily descent from heights up to 590 feet, and is an all-purpose rescue solution. The entire system weighs less than three pounds and is easy to use, which is crucial in a rescue situation where times is of the essence. Additionally, the system can be used to facilitate the rescue of multiple workers in a short period of time.

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DBI-SALA® ExoFit STRATA™ is a full-body safety harness designed and tested with third-party research offers real, measurable comfort and safety for at-height workers.

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Fire Suppression Fluid3M™ fluorochemicals are the active materials in 3M's extensive line of protective coatings. They are also used as thermal management fluids and as surfactants that improve the flow of high-performance paints and coatings. They are used in wire coatings, electronics, seals, gaskets, nonstick coatings, fuel hose liners and other critical, high-performance applications.

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3M™ Novec™-Engineered Fluid preserves the world's largest squid at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

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Fire can break out anywhere, at any time. That's why thousands of fire protection professionals around the world like you rely on 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid to keep computer rooms, control centers, document storage vaults and other essential facilities safely up and running. Because of this, 3M Novec 1230 fluid – unlike HFCs – is not targeted for phase-down or regulatory restrictions anywhere in the world. And it is approved for use in total flooding fire suppression systems by the U.S. EPA and most major regulatory bodies around the world. All of this makes 3M Novec 1230 fluid today's sustainable choice for clean agent fire protection.

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Floating ImageBegin with 3M's intimate understanding of advanced materials. Combine those materials in thin films with hundreds of layers. Integrate with 3M's unmatched ability to create microscopic structures on films (and other surfaces). By mixing these and other technologies, 3M manipulates light to transform everyday products. Signs are brighter and easier to read. Security markings seem to float above documents.

Innovation at Work:

This technology was first introduced in 2007. Dramatic movement of the image is easy to detect and recognize using only the human eye.

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3M™ Confirm™ Authentication Products with Floating Image Technology are a multi-layered security solution (both overt and covert). They are based on the unique construction and covert security features of 3M™ Confirm™ authentication products and include a new eye-catching Optically Variable Device (OVD) that enhances security and is easier to verify without using an authentication tool.

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HEARING DETECTION Detecting job site noise levels is the first step in determining the appropriate level of hearing protection. Operators need the ability to accurately measure each employee's noise dose to understand the level of protection required for workers.

Innovation at Work:

Complying with regulations, implementing appropriate abatement programs and analyzing noise control options are all easier with 3M Detection Solutions for exposure assessment, noise analysis and employee engagement. 3M's flexible instrumentation coupled with powerful software is an innovation solution for your measurement challenge.

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Measure variable noise levels with the 3M™ Intrinsically Safe Sound Examiner SE-400 IS Series Sound Level Meter.

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HEARING PROTECTION It is critical to select a hearing protector that your employees are motivated to wear. Trouble fitting your plugs? Dirty hands? Hot, humid conditions? These are just a few of the many challenges that 3M's innovative products can solve for you.

Innovation at Work:

3M has the broadest selection of hearing protectors for a wide range of environments. Each individual is physically unique, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution - workers in the same environments may need different protection solutions. The key to achieving success is offering enough different solutions to fit each person comfortably.

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Engineered for all-day comfort and protection, this foam conforms to the shape of the ear canal, helping to create a noise-reducing seal.

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IDENTITY MANAGEMENT To comply with laws and protect your business from fraud, you need to quickly and accurately collect information and determine whether an ID is genuine or not.

Innovation at Work:

Check IDs in double time, reading the front and back simultaneously since there is no wrong way to insert the card into the reader.

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Data can be extracted from ID cards and the card authenticated, quickly and accurately. The 3M™CR5400 Double Sided ID Reader is suitable for data capture and ID authentication in both commercial and government environments.

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Reflective MaterialBy mixing microreplicated prisms and other technologies, 3M is able to manipulate light to transform everyday and industrial products. Signs are brighter and easier to read, workers are more visible and electronic displays become more vivid and colorful - while using less power.

Innovation at Work:

In 1954 the U.S. Post Office fleet vehicles began using 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Decals for increased traffic safety. Whether at work or play, 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material helps you to be seen at dawn, dusk, or night, in all weather conditions.

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Versatility, performance and fashion come together in 3M Scotchlite reflective material. Designers can easily incorporate it into all kinds of footwear, garments, and accessories, from safety vests to high performance activewear.

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Reflective SheetingThis highly reflective, durable and visible sheeting meets a wide variety of sign visibility needs in all light and weather conditions.

Innovation at Work:

In 2005, 3M scientists developed the first "full cube" reflective sheeting with 100% efficient optical elements, essentially doubling the brightness of roadway signs.

Product Detail:

A full line of permanent and temporary reflective sheeting for high-quality, traffic control, safety, guidance signs and delineation devices is available.

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Slip-Resistant TreadCombining adhesives and abrasives, 3M has refined and improved safety and protection in industrial environments. The result is a comprehensive range of products that shape, grip and adhere with ease and precision.

Innovation at Work:

The technology that goes into 3M™ Safety-Walk™ Tread came directly from 3M's oldest technologies and products (sandpaper).

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3M™ Safety-Walk™ Slip-Resistant Materials help protect against costly slips and falls. 3M Safety-Walk products are available in treads and matting and come in a variety of pre-cut, easy-to-apply shapes, sizes, colors and grades for virtually any surface.

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SorbentsThanks to 3M's expertise in advanced materials and sophisticated manufacturing technologies, new opportunities for nonwovens are being developed in health care, consumer products, and heavy industries such as oil and gas.

Innovation at Work:

Noticing that clean up volunteers were wrapping the material around their shoulders to stay warm, scientists realized the microfibers trapped body heat without being bulky and from there developed 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation.

Product Detail:

Developed for the cleanup and recovery of petroleum-based liquids, sorbents repel water, are easily reused or disposed of by incineration or fuel blending. They are available in a variety of applications including pads, rolls, booms, sweeps, pillows, and more. Ideal for most industrial applications.

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RESPIRATORY PROTECTION3M™ Rugged Comfort Half Facepiece Reusable Respirator 6500 has been specifically designed for rugged, comfortable protection against harsh environments. With innovative features to enhace comfort and simplify your work process, the Rugged Comfort Half Facepiece is ideal for intermittent usage.

Innovation at Work:

Using the 3M™ Cool Flow Valve's unique design allows for easier breathing and enhanced comfort. The Quick Latch - drop-down mechanism allows for easy on and off as you move in and out of contaminated areas.

Product Detail:

3M™ Rugged Comfort Half Facepiece Reusable Respirator 6500 offers an easy on and off, rugged, comfortable, low-profile design.

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Thermal InsulationBecause the fibers in 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation are finer than the fibers used in most other synthetic or natural insulation‚ they trap more air in less space‚ which naturally makes 3M Thinsulate insulation a better insulator.

Innovation at Work:

Q: How does it work?
A: Unique microfibers or fine fibers that make up 3M Thinsulate insulation work by trapping air molecules between you and the outside.

Product Detail:

3M Thinsulate insulation Type C offers about one and a half times the warmth of down and nearly twice the warmth of high-loft fiberfill insulations when equal thicknesses are compared. Type B insulation is lightweight, warm, moisture-resistant and breathable. Type G insulation is an economical, 100% polyester, mid-loft insulation.

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Welding HelmetsComplex systems require comprehensive engineering. By integrating software, electronic, and mechanical expertise, 3M creates systems that complement each other and enable exceptional performance.

Innovation at Work:

More than 35 years ago, we went to the shipyards to observe welders. They blindly struck arcs as they continually nodded their helmets down. They were accidentally flashed by other welders, or even themselves. We asked, "What if welders could always see, even with their helmets down?" Since then, we have been systematically addressing ergonomic challenges that welders face.

Product Detail:

Welders can benefit from its excellent optical quality and reliable light-to-dark switching.

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Wet Reflective MarkingsHighly reflective in both dry and rainy conditions, 3M reflective materials are more durable than conventional traffic paints.

Innovation at Work:

3M's 2.4-index optics actually work better with water for true wet reflectivity.

Product Detail:

3M™ All Weather Markings come as pavement marking tapes or paints with specially designed optics that provide superior retroreflective performance under both wet and dry conditions.

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