Ergonomic | Facility and campus | Equipment | Chemicals
At TI, where innovation, planning and development happen at our employees' desks and workstations, we take a proactive approach to identify and eliminate potential risks before they occur. We do this by establishing optimal working conditions. Our ergonomics program focuses on three key areas:
As TI's mobile workforce has increased, we have provided ergonomic solutions for the use of notebook computers, home offices and even smartphones. We also provide employees with brochures, Web resources, online ergonomics training and access to specialists who can give related advice.
- Employee comfort and productivity. Trained professionals evaluate individual workspaces, develop and implement corrective actions, and provide ergonomics training for employees. To reduce the risk of ergonomics-related injuries, employees can request a customized ergonomic assessment shortly after their start dates to have their computer workstations set up correctly. This approach has reduced injuries and saved TI money.
- Material handling. We analyze material-handling tasks in manufacturing and supporting areas to identify the best way to perform certain tasks, reduce risks and prevent problems. We share our best practices among sites globally.
- Equipment design. We review new equipment and work with suppliers to meet performance expectations. TI has helped shape ergonomic and safety design guidelines for new equipment and materials through the Semiconductor Equipment Materials International (SEMI) Association. Although some of our specific standards go beyond these guidelines, this industrywide effort improves global working conditions and equipment safety.
Facility and campus
TI monitors and takes extensive measures to protect the safety and security of our people and property.
Safety-conscious designs and features of manufacturing equipment continue to evolve. We confirm that interlocks and automatic shutdown systems are functioning properly to reduce the possibility of accidents.
When TI purchases new wafer-manufacturing equipment, we require suppliers to submit an independent safety and ergonomics evaluation. If the report indicates the potential for moderate to high risks, we will not accept the shipment. We are expanding these requirements to new equipment purchased for assembly and test processes.
In addition, if we receive notice of equipment malfunctions or product safety issues, we share this information with our sites and track corrective actions.
The chemicals TI uses in manufacturing are evaluated, screened and controlled to ensure the health and safety of employees and the environment, as well as compliance with local regulations. You can read more about our chemical-management programs in Sustainable Manufacturing.