Silicones are among the world’s most important and adaptable materials, used in thousands of products and applications – from health care and personal care to electronics, transportation, construction and energy. The backbone of silicon and oxygen atoms is the foundation of silicone chemistry and allows for the formation of siloxanes. Siloxanes are raw materials based on silicon, oxygen, hydrogen and carbon and are the critical building blocks used to make silicone products. Read more on silicone chemistry.
Siloxanes, including the cyclic siloxanes octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) are among the most extensively studied materials used in consumer and industrial applications today. More than 1,000 studies over many decades have been conducted to assess the safety of siloxanes for workers, consumers, the environment, and manufacturing processes. Results of this continuous research and testing demonstrate the safety of siloxanes in their diverse and important applications. A host of independent scientists and expert scientific panels have confirmed siloxanes safety both for human health and the environment.