Providing a safe workplace for our employees is a priority at Western Digital. We believe that safety is everyone’s business, and so we ask our employees to
- Comply with the Company’s safety regulations and use necessary safety equipment as required,
- Strive to continually improve the safety of our facilities and prevent industrial injuries, and
- Report possible safety hazards so that they can be addressed expeditiously.
Our manufacturing facilities in Asia all have occupational health and safety management systems which are OHSAS 18001 certified. Each facility follows Western Digital’s integrated corporate quality, environmental, health and safety policy and establishes supporting procedures addressing occupational safety, emergency preparedness, occupational illness and injury, industrial hygiene, machine safeguarding and physically demanding work.
All of our facilities worldwide have safety committees comprised of a cross-functional team of employees who meet regularly to assess the Company’s policies and processes and recommend improvements. Safety committee members work with health and safety personnel at each facility to keep track of occupational injuries, assess their root causes and recommend corrective action to avoid recurrences in the future. Committee members also conduct periodic inspections of our facilities and organize activities aimed at promoting safety within them.
All of our facilities also have Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) whose members are trained to respond to an incident (such as a fire, medical crisis, earthquake, etc.) and control its impact. Each ERT assists in developing a site-specific plan whose objective is to organize an effective response and minimize injury and damage.
Health and Safety FAQs
Health and Safety
Q. Does Western Digital have management representatives responsible for assuring compliance with respect to health and safety laws, regulations and codes?
A. Yes. Western Digital has management representatives at all critical sites whose core responsibility is monitoring, communicating and training employees in all aspects of both facility and employee health and safety.
Q. Does Western Digital have a written occupational health and safety policy?
A. Yes. Western Digital is committed to sustaining an Integrated Management System (IMS) including at a minimum: quality (ISO 9001), environmental (ISO 14001), occupational health and safety (OHSAS 18001). As part of the IMS, Western Digital maintains an integrated corporate policy that addresses health and safety.
Q. What types of policies, rules or procedures does Western Digital maintain relative to health and safety programs?
A. Western Digital maintains health and safety policies, procedures and instructions which address occupational safety, emergency preparedness, occupational injury or illness, industrial hygiene, physical work, machine guarding and living conditions where applicable. The substance of these programs is delivered to employees utilizing various formats including in-person training, web-based training, face-to-face communications, postings and bulletins. All programs are communicated in various languages appropriate to the employee population of each of our facilities to ensure that all employees have a clear understanding of the programs.
Q. Do Western Digital’s facilities receive periodic audits of health and safety practices in order to assess conformance with regulatory and other requirements?
A. Yes. Western Digital conducts both internal and external audits to evaluate its compliance with applicable health and safety laws and regulations.
Q. Does Western Digital have a program to manage occupational injuries and illness, including treatment of reported cases, investigations, record keeping, and returning workers to work as soon as they are physically able?
A. Yes. Western Digital has personnel assigned to focus on these tasks as part of their daily responsibilities.
Q. Does Western Digital have a program or procedures in place to monitor and evaluate worker exposure to chemical, physical, or biological agents?
A. Yes. Key Western Digital locations have a staff of environmental, health and safety personnel who are chartered with monitoring the work environment and making recommendations to management. If the expertise is not available in-house, Western Digital utilizes the services of outside professionals to provide testing and recommendations to assure a healthy workplace.
Q. Does Western Digital have a program of insurance to compensate for the medical costs of work-related injuries or illnesses?
A. Yes. Western Digital has different programs in place which are tailored to meet the specific needs of employees at our various facilities throughout the world.
Q. Does Western Digital have procedures in place for safeguarding of workers from potentially hazardous machinery, including barriers, interlocks and periodic inspections?
A. Yes. Western Digital has a full complement of employee health and safety policies, procedures and programs customized for each of our facilities. These programs include but are not limited to electrical safety, lockout/tag out, cutting/welding, and contractor safety.
Q. Does Western Digital provide protective equipment to workers exposed to potential hazards?
A. Yes. Western Digital has formal programs and provides all necessary protective equipment to workers exposed to potential hazards. Our programs include but are not limited to chemical hygiene, hearing conservation, respirator protection and ergonomics.
Q. Does Western Digital have emergency medical supplies placed in convenient locations at the facility for immediate use?
A. Yes. Western Digital maintains basic first aid supplies at all of its facilities. In addition, certain of our locations are staffed with medical personal should the need for more sophisticated medical services arise.
Q. Does Western Digital place contractual requirements on its suppliers to be in compliance with health and safety laws, regulations and codes of conduct?
A. Yes. Whenever possible, Western Digital executes contracts with its suppliers which require, among other things, that the suppliers comply with all relevant and applicable health and safety laws and regulations.
Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning
Q. Has Western Digital identified and assessed potential emergency situations such as process failures, accidents, storms, floods, or other events that pose a threat to humans or the environment?
A. Yes. Western Digital regularly evaluates its risks associated with non-controllable events, has developed comprehensive Business Continuity Plans (BCP) for all key locations, and updates these plans annually.
Q. Has Western Digital developed and implemented an emergency preparedness and response program to minimize the impact of an emergency?
A. Yes. In addition to its site-specific BCPs, Western Digital has local Emergency Response Teams (ERT) who are trained as first responders in the case of a site-specific event.
Q. What emergency programs or systems does Western Digital have in place to prepare for an unforeseen event?
A. Western Digital maintains a variety of site-specific programs and systems to respond to any particular event. The programs include but are not limited to evacuation procedures and routes, qualification and training of first responders, emergency response drills and guidelines for external communications and reporting. Systems include but are not limited to fire alarm systems, gas monitoring systems emergency lighting, use of protective equipment and clean up and decontamination.
Q. Does Western Digital have firefighting aids in place for immediate use at its facilities?
A. Yes. All Western Digital buildings have fully-operational sprinkler systems with the exception of our Navanakorn facility and maintain a full complement of fire hoses, fire extinguishers and trained personnel should the need arise to deploy this equipment.
Q. Does Western Digital have programs or policies in place to promote cooperation with local authorities, including fire and police, in order to manage emergencies and assure public safety?
A. Yes. Western Digital has dedicated site supervisors at all key locations whose responsibility is to interface with local emergency authorities. In addition, all sites are staffed with security personnel who are trained with respect to receiving and reporting with local emergency agencies.