For Employee Safety

Accident Prevention Initiatives

To ensure the safety of its employees, customers, and all others involved in its operations, Tokyo Electron(TEL) places a strong focus on preventing work-related accidents.

At each TEL factory and office, monthly safety and health committee meetings are held to discuss safety monitoring and to manage any workplace safety or employee health issues. In addition, representatives from appropriate departments monitor safety performance at least once a month at each manufacturing site as part of an overall systematic effort to solve problems at their sites.

Also, TEL has implemented a management system based on OHSMS* to identify and analyze potential workplace hazards. The knowledge obtained from this system is shared throughout TEL. Before starting work, all workers discuss the risks involved and the required actions to prevent mistakes. The group leader oversees the work at all times to eliminate any unsafe conditions or behavior that could lead to accidents. In addition, whenever employees perceive that workplace safety is at risk due to lack of preparation or an unplanned event, they are encouraged to stop work and implement any needed corrective action. Additionally, safety managers regularly give advice on how to manage hazards, further raising worker safety awareness.

* OHSMS: Occupational Health and Safety Management System. A management system to reduce the potential risk of work-related accidents and improve the overall level of safety and occupational health. Based on the policy set by senior management, a series of PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) processes for safety and occupational health management is drawn up and implemented on the employees’ own initiative.

Safety Education

TEL promotes the creation of safe workplaces by implementing two education programs globally. Our program on basic safety targets all employees and is provided as introductory training for new hires as well as refresher training every third year of employment. In total, more than 40,000 employees have completed this program. Our other program, advanced safety, targets employees working in clean rooms and on production lines, and must be completed every year. To eliminate accidents, we also provide risk assessment training at offices and factories in Japan and overseas. Risk assessment training has been statistically shown to help eliminate accidents. Finally, we also provide safety information to suppliers as part of our support for initiatives to prevent accidents.

Response to Workplace Accidents

When a workplace accident occurs, TEL analyzes the cause, or causes, and takes appropriate countermeasures. In addition to the principal cause, further causes are also identified through multi-faceted analyses of the state of injured persons, facilities, environment, co-workers, and the actual work. The results are shared with the entire company through safety promotion meetings and other forums to prevent recurrence.

Workplace accidents that could lead to serious injuries are classified as critical workplace accidents, and their circumstances, causes, and remedies must be reported to the executive in charge. When concern is high, the accident is also reported to the President. Information about these accidents is shared at the EHS council meetings to ensure organization-wide prevention efforts.