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Safety Culture
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Establishing a Safety Culture



 
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 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
Since the beginning the adoption of international standards, UMC has aggressively established and implemented an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system. In 2000, Fab 8C's simultaneous implementation of the Environmental Management System (EMS) and occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system earned them qualification for both systems in May 2000. In 2001, UMC became the first corporate semiconductor manufacturer to earn the EMS&OHSAS qualification for all fabs.

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.
Safety Performance Overview :
Indicators
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
Injury Frequency Rate (IFR) =
Injury events/Million working hours
0.15
0.12
0.25
0.19
0.15
Injury Severity Rate (ISR) =
Injury days-away/Million working hours
4.06
1.38
2.12
2.27
6.12
 
 
Occupational Hygiene and Health Promotion
In addition to conducting periodical work environment evaluations, UMC has developed Similar Exposure Groups (SEGs) to weigh the risk for each work group. UMC's assessments are based on risk levels that evaluate the priority of risks to establish economical and comprehensive risk assessment measures. Therefore, the work environment assessment results are representative and will be the bases for continuing improvement and management.

To reduce the possibility of employee occupational accidents and to provide a more comfortable and productive work environment, UMC introduces ergonomic ideas and refers to other companies in semiconductor industry to help employees perform their daily routines for high-risk tasks. This helps employees minimize physical strain as well as improve work efficiency.

In addition to providing periodical physical examinations to general employees and specific health examinations to those who work in more high-risk areas, UMC also hopes to help its employees balance the different aspects in their lives. UMC established an on-site clinic in 2003 to provide comprehensive medical resources. UMC also promotes health improvement activities such as planning a series of Employee Health Management services to take care of the physical, mental and spiritual health of its employees and their family members. These services include establishing a health management information portal, implementing diverse physical examinations, and holding various health improvement activities with local government, hospitals and organizations.

 
Infectious diseases control
UMC pays significant attention to management and control toward infectious disease outbreaks by assigning a special unit to collect relevant information and publicizing it in UMC's intranet portal to remind employees of hygiene issues during daily activities and travel. As for special acute infectious diseases, an epidemic prevention team has been formed by GRM&ESH and the health manage department will map out the preventive measures by analyzing the infected path and the pandemic level for each disease and announce relevant countermeasures according to the Center of Disease Control.

For infectious diseases such as bird flu or others, UMC will conduct monitoring and prevention measures based on the prevention of such diseases. In addition, UMC will educate its employees about infectious diseases as a precautionary measure.

UMC pays special attention to its emergency fire response and prevention measures, as its procedures completely differ from traditional fire control measures. This is due to the unique properties found in a semiconductor fab, which include complex gas and water piping, chemical transmission, and the airtight environment of the cleanroom.