About the GSC
The Global Silicones Council (GSC) is a not-for-profit, international organization representing companies that produce and sell silicone products around the world. The GSC brings together all the major global manufactures via the three Regional Silicone Industry Associations in North America (Silicones Environmental, Health, and Safety Center – SEHSC), Europe (Silicones Europe – CES), and Japan (Silicones Industry Association of Japan – SIAJ), and encourages their cooperation and collaboration.
The GSC’s objective is to promote the safe use and stewardship of silicones globally. To accomplish its mission, the GSC undertakes the following activities:
- Monitor the environmental, health, and safety activities of the three Regional Silicones Industry Associations (RSIAs) and coordinate such activities on a global basis.
- Proactively promote industry communication with regulatory bodies around the world and with international environmental, health, and safety organizations, such as the World Health Organization, the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, and the United Nations.
- Through the RSIAs, identify and anticipate opportunities to enhance environmental, health, and safety research relating to silicones and engage in global projects to communicate the industry’s product stewardship commitment.
- Through the RSIAs, sponsor projects to improve the public’s understanding of the benefits and safety of silicones.
Silicones are a family of specialty, high performance materials. The silicone family includes silicones, siloxanes and silanes, all of which are widely used in thousands of products and provide essential benefits to key segments of our economy.
Silicones are produced by reacting silicon – one of the earth’s most common elements- with methyl chloride and further reaction with water which removes the chlorine atom. This reaction produces polymers that are resistant to high and low temperatures and find applications in thousands of products in applications including health care, aerospace, personal care, electronics, transportation and construction.
Due to their molecular structure, silicones can be manufactured in many forms including solids, liquids, semi-viscous pastes, greases, oils and rubber.
Silicones have an exceptional breadth of chemical and physical properties. Silicones are flexible and resist moisture, chemicals, heat, cold and ultraviolet radiation. Products made with silicones take on these and other important properties so they are more stable, more aesthetically pleasing, easier to use or apply, and longer lasting.
For more information about the many uses of silicones, please visit: www.siliconesinfo.org.