Sustainability Case Study: Dow Innovates in Technology-Enabled EH&S Practices

Dow is leading the industry in innovating new technologies to remove workers from higher-hazard activities.

As part of a 2025 LIFE multigenerational technology plan, Dow is increasing its efforts to use machines to do the job when there are increased hazards to consider.

For example:

  • Dow is using drones for inspections under water, in elevated locations and and in confined spaces instead of putting people at risk. Inspections identify immediate maintenance issues and help anticipate site-specific issues so preemptive action can be taken.
  • In 2017 alone, Dow eliminated more than 200 confined space entries using robotics for tank inspections. Inspections with robotics and drones help to eliminate safety risks, optimize productivity and improve cost.
  • The Company also is implementing robotic high-pressure water cleaning and protection devices on aerial lifts.

With the goal of having every worker go home safely at the end of the day, worker safety has always been a core value of Dow. The use of technology is part of an effort to help achieve Dow’s “World-Leading Operations Performance”2025 Sustainability Goal target to “eliminate fatalities, reduce severe injury and illness incidents and maintain its total recordable injury and illness rate at industry-leading levels.” With higher-hazard workflows, technology can be safer and more effective at carrying out tasks that put employees at risk.

Read more about Dow’s Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) practices in the Dow 2017 Sustainability Report.