CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY

Safe Working Environment

Safety and Health Policy

Achieve zero accidents and comply with all applicable safety and regulatory requirements to ensure safety as the top priority for UMC's sustainable development.

Continually reinforce best safety and health management practices to reach international ESH and risk management standards.

Applying total risk control, advanced ESH management and rescue technologies to enhance company's standards.

Providing a safe work environment and operation through preventive management and audit.

Eliminating hazardous factors and preventing incidents through each and every ownership of responsibilities in safety and health.

Encourage all employees to participate actively in safety and health training, and promotional activities.

Fully implement a safety culture to enhance individuals' awareness

UMC has dedicated significant effort to promoting and developing its industrial safety and health activities. UMC also understands the importance of practicing and implementing industrial safety measures as a means to realize sustainable growth. As such, UMC not only invests in preventive equipment to conform to international standards, but also trains its employees on health and safety practices and instills the values of sustainable growth. Since 2005, following the lead of UMC's chairman, UMC has promoted the "Safety is my Responsibility" program to implement self-management and safety protection activities in each division with the goal of a zero-accident rate. UMC hopes to distinguish itself as the standard for practicing industrial safety and health activities.

Industrial Safety Management

After adopting international standards, UMC established and implemented its environmental, safety and health management system. In 2000, Fab8C had ISO 14001 (International Organization for Standardization Series 14001) and OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series 18001) certificates at the same time. In 2001, UMC became the first semiconductor foundry to have ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certificates.

In terms of internal safety management measures, since 1997, executive managers including the chairman, vice-chairman, presidents, vice-presidents, and fab directors have conducted semi-annual environmental safety and health inspections for each fab. The fabs not only report their achievements in safety and hygiene programs, but also review improvement measures and results. Through the participation of executive managers, better safety methods and systems can be adopted through discussion and introduced to each fab to help establish better safety and hygiene management.

For preventive equipment management, UMC's comprehensive equipment safety management measures require that UMC's vendors propose a third-party SEMI S2 evaluation report prior to equipment procurement to ensure all equipment meets safety requirements. When moving and positioning equipment in the fabs, UMC conducts many safety control programs, such as finding the best path for transport, mobile safety control and directional equipment unloading.

To ensure all equipment strictly complies with safety standards, UMC also conducts a three-stage equipment sign-off program for equipment installation. The first stage is to test if the equipment is functioning as designed. The second stage includes checking built-in fire control mechanisms and the completion of various protective equipment installation and labels. The final stage includes verifying the readiness of its standard operating procedure, the completion of the training programs for those who operate it, and if deficiencies found in the previous two stages have been corrected. Equipment will not be released unless it passes all three stages of the equipment sign-off program.

Safety Performance Indicators

UMC continues to promote various safety and hygiene management programs to prevent injuries and accidents during manufacturing processes and daily activities. Through periodical update, safety performance indicators can be used as the basis for continually achieving excellent safety performance.

Occupational hazards

UMC cares about labor safety and hygiene, and uses computerized system for reporting and investigation of accidents/incidents. Accidents/incidents are reviewed monthly for root causes and preventive actions. The data of Injury Frequency Rate (FR) & Injury Severity Rate (SR) from year 2012 to year 2016 are listed below:


FR = (Number of Lost time cases ÷ Number of hours worked by all employees) × 1,000,000

SR = (Number of lost workdays ÷ Number of hours worked by all employees) × 1,000,000

No major accidents. The disabling frequency rate (FR) and the disabling severity rate (SR) were 0.24 and 1 respectively in 2016, and both were far below the average rate in Taiwan semiconductor industries.

For Occupational safety and health protection, UMC has the cost-saving from zero major accidents. UMC has benefited on working days and expense savings from the short to long term preventive actions, and that compares favorably to the current industrial standards.


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