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 applicable regulations and the Company’s safety procedures and instructions, 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.
Western Digital maintains an integrated corporate quality, environmental, health and safety policy and we are committed to compliance with applicable occupational health and safety laws and regulations. We have established a global occupational health and safety management system that is applicable at all of our locations worldwide.
We establish supporting procedures at our facilities that address occupational safety, emergency preparedness, occupational illness and injury, industrial hygiene, machine safeguarding, physically demanding work, hazard communication (including access to Safety Data Sheets), 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.
We have qualified occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals who monitor our manufacturing facilities and we provide training programs on OHS practices for employees. In addition, we communicate to employees the requirements and responsibilities for safe and healthy work practices in accordance with our Company policy.
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.
Western Digital actively pursues industry-recognized certifications that provide globally accepted indicators reinforcing that our products and performance consistently meet high standards, including customer expectations and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. In support of our management systems, Western Digital conducts both internal assessments and third-party audits to evaluate its compliance with applicable environmental laws, regulations and international standards.