Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C. – July 27, 2007 - TSMC today announced that all contractors working on high-risk projects received OHSAS 18001 certification for workplace health and safety as of July 1, a major milestone in a unique qualification program developed in partnership with contractors. TSMC also held a Contractor Safety Management Forum with contractors and government agencies today to discuss the future of this program.
Workplace incidents have been reduced to less than half since the program began in 2005. TSMC is the first company in Taiwan to develop a certification system in partnership with contractors for all workers engaging in high-risk operations. As of July 1, 2006, all individuals working on TSMC high-risk operations have received this certification. Currently, more than 2,400 persons are certified.
In the second phase of this program, TSMC supported contracting companies in gaining certification for Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001, a set of standards developed by a coalition of national standards agencies, certification bodies, and specialist agencies aimed at helping organizations to control health and safety risks. As of July 1, 2007, 89 contracting companies are certified for OHSAS 18001 and TSMC is now able to require that all contracting companies bidding on jobs involving high-risk operations be certified for OHSAS 18001.
“TSMC is dedicated to becoming a good corporate citizen, and we believe it is our corporate social responsibility not just to provide a safe workplace, but to raise standards throughout the industry with the help of our contractor partners,” said Dr. Steve Tso, TSMC’s Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President in charge of Materials Management and Risk Management.
“This program sets an outstanding example of what enironment, safety, and health issues mean to TSMC. We think that industry can do more than just comply with government regulations, we can lead the way in creating a better workplace, a better society, and a better environment,” said Dr. Tso.
TSMC plans to expand the progam in the future, with regular audits, awards for outstanding contractors, and an annual “Contractor Safety and Environmental Protection Management Forum” to share information.