Occupational Safety and Health

TSMC stays abreast of global safety and health topics, meets or surpasses international safety and health regulations and standards and adopts rigorous safety and health control measures. TSMC focuses on establishing a safe and healthy working environment, enhancing every employees' and contractors' safety and health, and collaborating together to pursue a sustainable future.

Strategies, Targets & Achievements

Strategies
  • Deeply instill a people-oriented safety culture and establish an intrinsically safe working environment
  • Promote employee health and achieving work/life balance
  • Collaborate with external parties to reduce safety and health risks
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Strengthen Chemical Management

Strengthen Chemical Management

The new generation of process technology requires the use of a variety of chemicals. TSMC continuously looks to optimize the process to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals, using the priority and principles of "no use" and "use less". But if the chemicals are needed, the chemical supply system should meet intrinsic safe designs to prevent workers' chemical exposure risk...

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Ergo Risk Prevention

Ergo Risk Prevention

TSMC continues to build environmentally-friendly fabs to reduce energy and water consumption. Since 2006, all new manufacturing facilities and offices in TSMC have been designed, built and certified according to the U.S. Green Building Council's "Leadership in Energy and Environment Design" (LEED) rating system, and Taiwan's "Ecology, Energy Saving, Waste Reduction...

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TSMC Continues to Enhance Contractor Management

TSMC Continues to Enhance Contractor Management

Contractors are important partners of TSMC, and continuous enhancement on work environment safety is a key part of contractor management. For on-site personnel of these contractors, TSMC has begun to standardize safety and health training courses and increased their frequency from September 2017 onwards to enhance training effectiveness...

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Structure of Safety and Hygiene

TSMC's safety and hygiene structure includes nine major items such as safety and health policy, hazard identification, emergency response, personnel management, tool safety management, chemical management, infectious diseases prevention, employee physical & mental protection and physical hazard prevention. TSMC formulated 59 standard management procedures for the above-mentioned nine items, announced these on TSMC's internal website and reviewed and modified these procedures yearly to let all employees to be able to find and follow these standards publicly. The benefit of establishing standardized procedures is not only to achieve the goal of building the best workplace, but also to align the staffs' awareness, shorten the learning curve and reduce the error generated. The standard procedure became an important basis for establishing the best health working environment.

Safety Performance Index

TSMC built up one quantifiable SPI (Safety Performance Index) system to monitor safety and health executing stats at all sites quantitatively. Safety performance indicators adopted a management mechanism that uses blue, green, yellow and red four-level lights. In the event that one site's light is yellow, ISEP will immediately investigate the root cause and then fan out the improving actions to other sites at same time to prevent similar incidents from occurring.

Sample of Four-Level Lights

SPI Performance Color
SPI ≥ 95 Excellent
85 ≤ SPI < 95 Good
SPI Performance Color
70 ≤ SPI < 85 Warning
SPI < 70 Alarm
Active Items
  • Numbers of safety management of change
  • Numbers of safety and health executing program
  • Numbers of safety and health licenses
  • Numbers of safety and health promotion activity
Passive Items
  • Numbers of incident
  • Numbers of proactive audit defects
  • Completed rate of regulation identification
  • Internal and external defect rates of safety and health
  • Contractor management (Include the numbers of inspection audit defect, proactive audit defect, notify abnormal case to site ISEP proactively, proactive improvement)
New Plus Item
  • Participating rate of health promotion activities (Encourage employees to participate in activities like lose weight, quit smoking, etc.)

Comprehensive Health Management

TSMC Wellness Centers at each fab are staffed by professional doctors and nurses providing 24-hour first-aid and a broad spectrum of wellness services, which includes special protection, health care services, health promotion, and employee assistance program, to prevent occupational injuries and diseases as well as promoting employee's physical and mental health.

Disabling Injury Statistics

TSMC uses the Disabling Frequency Rate (FR), Disabling Severity Rate (SR) and Absent Rate (AR) defined by Taiwan's MOL (Ministry of Labor) and Global Reporting Initiative G4 to evaluate the effectiveness of the Company's occupational health and safety programs (the statistics did not include traffic accidents outside the factory). In 2016, Disabling Frequency Rate is 21% and 36% below the average rates of Taiwan's semiconductor and electronic parts and components manufacturing industry respectively; Disabling Severity Rate is 41% and 71% below the averages of Taiwan's semiconductor and electronic parts and components manufacturing industry respectively.

For more information, please read TSMC 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report:

Inclusive Workplace - Occupational Safety and Health

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