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.
We have established occupational health and safety management systems at our manufacturing facilities in Asia and we are committed to compliance with applicable occupational health and safety laws and regulations. Western Digital has an integrated corporate quality, environmental, health and safety policy and we establish supporting procedures at our facilities that address occupational safety, emergency preparedness, occupational illness and injury, industrial hygiene, machine safeguarding and physically demanding work.
Western Digital has established safety committees at our facilities comprised of cross-functional teams 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 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
Western Digital has also established 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. ERTs assist in developing plans to organize an effective response and minimize injury and damage in the event of an incident.
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 who are responsible for monitoring, communicating and training employees in a variety of health and safety matters.
Q. Does Western Digital have a written occupational health and safety policy?
A. Yes. 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 that address numerous health and safety matters, including occupational safety, emergency preparedness, occupational injury or illness, industrial hygiene, physical work, machine guarding and living conditions (where applicable). These policies and procedures are communicated to employees in various formats (including in-person training, web-based training, communications, postings, etc.) and are available in various languages.
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 various programs in place that are tailored to meet the specific needs of employees at our various facilities.
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 established policies and procedures that are designed to safeguard workers and promote safety in the workplace.
Q. Does Western Digital provide protective equipment to workers exposed to potential hazards?
A. Yes. Western Digital has formal safety programs in place and provides protective equipment to workers who are exposed to potential hazards as part of their job duties.
Q. Does Western Digital have emergency medical supplies at its facilities?
A. Yes. Western Digital maintains basic first aid supplies at its facilities.
Q. Does Western Digital require its suppliers to be in compliance with health and safety laws and regulations?
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 and maintains Business Continuity Plans for key locations.
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. Yes. In addition to having Business Continuity Plans, Western Digital has several Emergency Response Teams (ERT) who are trained to respond to various emergency events.
Q. Does Western Digital have firefighting aids at its facilities?
A. Yes. Western Digital has various firefighting aids at its facilities, which may include sprinkler systems, fire hoses, fire extinguishers and personnel trained to assist in the event of fire.
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 emergency procedures and personnel who are responsible for coordinating with local authorities in the event of an emergency.