Results | Looking ahead
We remain committed to achieving our long-term goal of zero work-related injuries and illnesses, as we firmly believe that all accidents are preventable.
In 2011, we achieved the best safety rate in the U.S. semiconductor industry, with the lowest recordable incidence rate overall and lowest restricted workday cases (RWDC), according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. RWDCs involve restriction of work or motion or job transfer for one or more calendar days (beyond the date of injury) without days away from work. We also achieved the second-lowest lost-workday case-incidence rate, which involves one or more calendar days away from work.
TI's safety, health and ergonomic activities during the year included:
Our safety rates have historically been the lowest among U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association members and they improved further in 2011 from 2010.
- Reducing ergonomic hazards and recordable injuries globally. We achieved this in part through our Safe, Right, Fast awareness campaign.
- Appointing a manufacturing safety sub-team comprising representatives from manufacturing; environmental, safety and health (ESH); and ergonomics from all Texas manufacturing sites. This team began implementing a strategy to:
- Improve safety performance.
- Develop a unified and collaborative management approach across sites.
- Proactively communicate.
- Create a manufacturing safety real-time reporting system.
- Identifying site-specific priorities to refine and improve local safety programs, and expanding behavior observation programs.
- Training employees on proper stretching techniques. Three additional manufacturing sites offered voluntary pre-shift stretching programs for interested employees. This program will be expanded to other manufacturing sites in 2012.
Regrettably, we had one work-related fatality in 2011, resulting from an equipment malfunction. He was a friend and colleague and will be missed.
- Our on-the-job recordable injuries rate was 0.19 per 100 employees, which was better than our goal of 0.20 or less.
- Our days away/restricted/transferred (DART) rate, which involves restricted time or time away from work, decreased to 0.085 from 0.13 in 2010. This met our goal.
- One work-related fatality.
- Our ergonomic injury rates, which encompass musculoskeletal disorders, decreased to half of what occurred in 2010. They accounted for about 19 percent of recordable injuries and 22 percent of DART cases. Recordable ergonomics-related injuries have decreased by 92 percent from 1999 to 2011; DART ergonomics-related injuries have decreased by 95 percent.
- We performed more than 2,264 ergonomic assessments for computer workstations.
Following our acquisition of National Semiconductor late in 2011, we will continue to assess and improve any safety and ergonomic controls at those facilities by the end of 2012.
Other plans for 2012 include:
- Achieving a DART rate of 0.08 or less and a recordable injuries rate of 0.20 or less.
- Developing a new health and safety metrics tracking system that will help us share incident information and corrective actions faster.
- Expanding manufacturing safety sub-team efforts globally to increase supervisor training and employee communications from manufacturing managers.
- Further reducing ergonomic hazards and injuries through assessments, engineering controls and language-specific training.
- Increasing safety and health support at sites in Asia by recruiting and establishing a regional team to respond to growing business activities and needs.