Our Approach to Safety and Health
Tokyo Electron(TEL) Group performs a range of business activities including development, manufacturing, transportation, installation, and maintenance with the highest priority on the safety and health of all personnel from top management to frontline staff and makes proactive and continuous improvements to enhance safety and promote good health.
Based on the principle of "safety first," we strive to create safer products and work to maintain and improve the safety of all people involved with our products and healthy workplace environments.
Pursuit of Safe Technologies
With an awareness of the factors that impair safety and health in our various business activities, we continuously strive to create safer and more secure workplaces by making improvements concerning those factors and through intrinsically-safe equipment designs and superior service capabilities.
Management and Employees Responsibility
All employees maintain an awareness of potential problems and of the need for improvement concerning the maintenance and enhancement of safety and health at all workplaces, and management and employees act in accordance with their respective responsibilities.
We comply with safety and health laws and regulations and international rules, take into consideration industry guidelines, and strive to promote safety and health.
Collaboration and Cooperation with Society
Based on common understanding with a broad range of stakeholders, we cooperate and collaborate with society and work to appropriately meet their expectations.
Increasing the safety awareness of individual workers is crucial for providing worksites where everyone can work safely. To fully support our “Safety First” culture, TEL has established the equipment safety promotion meeting and the work safety promotion meeting under the supervision of the EHS council. The equipment safety promotion meeting revises TEL’s design rules based on international laws and local regulations for equipment safety. It also determines TEL’s compliance with new regulations and administers corrective measures. The work safety promotion meeting investigates work safety issues at customer sites and TEL locations and implements appropriate remedies. These meetings also examine incidents involving personal injury or property damage, determine whether the incidents were caused by equipment trouble or other work-related factors, and take measures to ensure similar incidents do not occur in the future.
Based on a culture of “Safety First,” we carry out ongoing activities for safety promotion. In an effort to raise the overall level of safety and occupational health, we use a management system based on OHSMS* to manage safety and occupational health and also follow the PDCA cycle to reduce the potential risk of work-related incidents. Moreover, by sharing information of any issues at internal meetings, such as those of the EHS Council and the Manufacturing Company Presidents’ Council, we promote safety management as a company-wide initiative.
* Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS): A management system to improve the overall level of safety and occupational health
Incident Reporting System
If an incident occurs, the information is shared with related parties and persons in charge through the TEL Incident Report System (TIRS*), newly developed in fiscal year 2019, creating a system that resolves issues and leads to the proposal of measures to prevent reoccurrence. Through the operation of TIRS, we strive to improve the accuracy of report content further.
* TIRS: TEL Incident Report System
Activities for Safety
On-site Safety Patrols
At each plant and office, monthly safety and health committee meetings are held to discuss measures for any workplace safety or employee health issues and to conduct safety patrols. We have also set up a system for autonomous problem-solving at manufacturing sites, with safety patrols by representatives from appropriate departments at least once per month.
Risk Assessment and Stop Work Authority
Before starting work at our manufacturing facilities, the work details and the risks are shared with all workers involved, and they each increase their awareness in an effort to prevent incidents. In addition, effort is also being directed to providing guidance to safety managers as well as making workers stop work and take corrective action in the event of an unforeseen incident while on the job.
In addition, we are implementing two education programs globally for the establishment of safe work environments.
Basic Safety Education
Our program on basic safety targeting all employees. This is provided as introductory training for new hires as well as refresher training every third year of employment.
Advanced Safety Education
Our program on advanced safety targets employees working on production lines and in cleanrooms. Participants are required to complete the course every year. For overseas transferees, the laws and regulations in their previous and future places of employment are compared, and additional safety education is added as necessary.
To eliminate incidents, we also provide online training and risk assessment training for employees in Japan and overseas. Also, to expand the concept of safe equipment design*¹ to our design, manufacture, and service operations, we hold a semiannual safe equipment design seminar at our manufacturing sites in Japan, inviting an external guest to speak. Finally, we also promote our initiatives to prevent accidents, such as providing our suppliers and customers with safety information as circumstances demand.
As a result of having maintained a high priority on creating safe work environments, TCIR*² has been maintained at less than the company’s target of 0.5, with 0.27 in fiscal year 2021.
*1 Safe equipment design: Sustainability Report Refer to p.25
*2 TCIR: Total Case Incident Rate.The number of workplace incidents per 200,000 work hours.