Sustainability: Employee well-being:
Safety

TI invests significantly in management systems, including programs, policies and tools that keep its workplace safe. We nurture a safety-oriented culture and implement safety practices globally to ensure that employees can work freely without fear of a related illness or injury. We expect employees to participate in applicable occupational health and safety training, and do their part to keep their work environment safe, regardless of their role.

In our quest to have our industry's best record for safe operations, including zero work-related injuries and illnesses, we:

  • Comply with applicable environmental, safety and health (ESH) laws and regulations.
  • Create and operate safe work sites.
  • Maintain proper safety protocols and controls.
  • Design and build inherently safe buildings, and engineer out equipment risks.
  • Deliver relevant and required ESH training.
  • Inspect and audit our processes to assess compliance with the many rigorous legal and customer requirements, as well as our own stringent standards.

Management systems

Our occupational health and safety-management system helps us reduce or eliminate risks that could result in personal injury or illness. We record performance data; identify trends, weaknesses and hazards; and take steps to remedy flaws. Site managers, working in concert with environmental, safety and health (ESH) committees, oversee these systems. These individuals meet regularly to set direction and communicate the importance of working safely to employees.

Our comprehensive ESH policies and principles set a high standard for performance and are endorsed at the highest levels of our company. We also adhere to these internationally recognized standards to put in place processes for continually reviewing and improving our ESH performance:

  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO) ISO 14001:2004 for environmental management systems.
  • British Standard (BS) Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001:2007.
  • Our business units' conformance to these global standards helps them meet company and marketplace expectations. Currently, 95 percent (19 of 20) of our manufacturing and assembly/test sites worldwide are ISO 14001:2004- and BS OHSAS 18001:2007-certified. Company leaders monitor conformance with these and other standards through site-level internal and external audits.

Nurturing a safe workplace

An engaged workforce is critical to achieving outstanding safety performance, which is why leadership at all levels of the company support and reinforce consistent safety practices, including training and reporting.

Engagement

Our management teams deliver meaningful safety messages that encourage employees to prioritize safety and speak up about any potential hazards. The company also reinforces expectations about maintaining a strong safety culture through its”Be Safe, Be Smart” campaign; ongoing articles; posters; and reminder emails. Employees can also anonymously contact the TI Ethics Office with questions or concerns.

Our Manufacturing and Assembly/Test Safety Councils comprises environmental, safety and health and ergonomics representatives from all manufacturing sites. It helps drive a safety-focused manufacturing culture within our facilities. Council members are responsible for:

  • Improving safety performance.
  • Developing a unified and collaborative management approach across sites.
  • Proactively communicating with manufacturing employees about safety incidents and expected safe behaviors.
  • Deploying a manufacturing safety real-time reporting system.

Training

Our training programs focus on regulatory requirements; internal environmental, safety and health (ESH) standards; customer expectations, and accepted safe practices. Employees participate in a range of applicable training courses specific to their role that begin at new hire orientation and continue throughout their career.

We train employees to:

  • Recognize hazards in the work environment and the tasks they perform.
  • Immediately report potential hazards.
  • Minimize risks by using appropriate tools and techniques.
  • Share lessons learned and best practices to prevent future incidents.
  • Recognize and reinforce safe behavior.

All new hires and suppliers receive an introduction to our expectations and ESH policy, and are made aware of our commitment to compliance and providing a safe work environment. Employees also learn about potential hazards in their work area; emergency procedures; and (if applicable to their job) how to correctly wear personal protective equipment, use equipment properly, and work safely with and around chemicals.

Reporting

We require employees to immediately report any injury to their supervisor. Following an investigation, site ESH leaders communicate lessons learned and corrective action plans to other sites and groups so others can avoid similar issues. These reporting and communication activities further enhance our progress toward zero work-related illnesses and injuries.

Safety practices

Our safety measures extend beyond rules and standards. We consider every aspect of our workday to ensure safe practices, including the ergonomics of our workspaces, the design and operations of our facilities and campuses as well as the equipment and chemicals we use.

Ergonomics

At TI, where innovation, planning and development happen at our employees' desks and workstations, we proactively identify and eliminate potential risks before they occur. We do this by establishing optimal working conditions. Our ergonomics program focuses on three key areas:

  • 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, new employees assigned to offices at many sites receive an ergonomic assessment following orientation to have their computer workstations set up correctly. All employees can request an ergonomic assessment any time using an online form. This approach has reduced employee injuries and saved us 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 worldwide.
  • Equipment design. We review new equipment and work with suppliers to meet performance expectations. We have helped shape ergonomic and safety design guidelines for new equipment and materials through the Semiconductor Equipment Materials International Association. Although some of our internal design guidelines go beyond these guidelines, this industry wide effort improves global working conditions and equipment safety.

As our 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.

Facility and campus

We monitor and take extensive measures to protect the safety and security of our people and property.

Equipment

The design of manufacturing equipment continues to include more safety-conscious features. We confirm that interlocks and automatic shutdown systems are functioning properly to reduce the possibility of accidents.

When we purchase 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/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.

Chemicals

We evaluate, screen and control the chemicals we use in manufacturing to ensure the health and safety of employees and the environment, as well as compliance with local regulations and customer expectations. You can read more about our chemical-management programs.