Texas Instruments

Employee well-being

Safety

Results | Looking ahead

TI workplace safety and health are vital to employees’ well-being and productivity. We believe all accidents are preventable, and remain committed to achieving our long-term goal of zero work-related injuries and illnesses.

In 2013, 95 percent (19 of 20) of our manufacturing and assembly/test sites worldwide were certified to the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (BS OHSAS 18001:2007).

During the year, TI managed several strategic safety and ergonomic activities:

  • Reviewed all safety incidents weekly: conducted appropriate and prompt root-cause analysis, standardized how cases are recorded and closed, and notified sites to take appropriate corrective actions.
  • Focused resources on workplace safety and health at international sites by providing experienced safety and health specialists to support our facilities, as well as enhancing safety technical training for environmental, safety and health (ESH) staff. We increased ESH staffing at our Malaysia, China and Philippines sites. In addition, we reviewed our site safety programs and strengthened incident investigation and management protocols in Asia.
  • Confirmed that 100 percent of supervisors had completed ESH leadership training by year-end.
  • Conducted ergonomic assessments in Melaka, Malaysia, a recently acquired site that has shown an increase in ergonomic-related cases.
  • Reduced ergonomic hazards and injuries through assessments and engineering controls, and provided ergonomics training in five languages.
  • Provided additional ergonomic support to design/sales sites and our mobile workforce.

Results

  • Our goal was to maintain a days away, restricted or job transfer (DART) case rate less than or equal to 0.08, and a recordable case rate less than or equal to 0.20. We ended the year with a DART rate of 0.08 and a recordable rate of 0.22. Compared to other members of the Semiconductor Industry Association, TI continues to be one of the safest companies in the industry in 2013.
  • Since 2012, TI has reduced:
    • Ergonomics-related recordable injuries by 19 percent.
    • Ergonomics-related DART rates by 52 percent.
    • We responded to 1,063 ergonomic assessment requests: 821 for computer workstation adjustments and 242 for manufacturing areas. Most newly hired employees assigned to administrative areas in the U.S. automatically receive an ergonomic assessment during orientation; we conducted 701 such assessments in 2013.



    Looking ahead

    We will continue our workplace safety and health efforts in 2014, with goals to:

    • Achieve a DART rate of 0.08 or less and an on-the-job recordable injury rate of 0.20 or less.
    • Certify our Chengdu, China, site according to International Organization for Standardization 14000 and Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series 18000 standards.
    • Identify and mitigate electrical risks associated with new product development that requires higher-voltage design equipment.
    • Provide support to smaller sites that do not have full-time ergonomic specialists, and increase the capacity for personnel at all sites to better manage ergonomic risks.