Occupational Health and Safety
Occupational Health and Safety
LITE-ON places emphasis on its EHS performance management. The company is dedicated to providing safe, comfortable, environmentally friendly, and effective production sites for the benefit of our stakeholders, such as employees, customers, the community, and partners. EHS management is considered part of the company's competitive advantage, and is hardwired into the corporate DNA. LITE-ON has created an MOE Department setting strategic business targets and monitoring potential impact on the business activities, such as environmental conservation and occupational health and safety issues. Furthermore, the department ensures the EHS targets are met to the satisfaction of the management, and reports regularly to the CEO results in areas including overall plant conditions and occupational health and safety.
The labor health, hygiene and safety obligations, rights and interests are clearly indicated in LITE-ON’s labor contract as well as health and safety codes of practice. Every production site has an EHS team headed by the highest ranking officer and a committee founded in accordance with the law whose missions involve attaining ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification, and applying PDCA cycles. In an attempt to minimize intensity of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, LITE-ON's Neihu headquarters recently introduced an ISO 50001 energy management system in 2011. It also continuously implements energy management in order to enhance its operation performance and value. The company pays particular attention to stakeholders' needs, and through management efforts, a workplace is built that is as safe and healthy as it is comfortable and environmentally friendly.
LITE-ON's production sites are mainly located in Taiwan, China and Thailand. According to the laws of Taiwan, every company is required to establish a committee dedicated to promoting worker health and safety affairs. Regular meetings are held to discuss health and safety issues, including health and safety management, education and training programs, health management, prevention of occupational diseases and health facilitation, automated examination and health and safety audits, machines, equipment or raw materials, prevention of material hazards, and occupational accident investigation reports. Though no such requirement exists in Mainland China or Thailand, LITE-ON has nevertheless created similar organizations to involve employees in the company's health and safety affairs. Below is a summary of workers' participation in health and safety organizations throughout LITE-ON's global locations, and the key issues discussed in 2018:
Comfortable working environment
LITE-ON provides employees with facilities such as fitness centers and libraries that help them stay healthy and relieve stress. A "Cultural Corridor" in Taiwan headquarters has also been maintained to develop employees' cultural awareness. Each plant site features a spacious and comfortable cafeteria where employees can dine without food safety concerns, fully furnished with service providers including travel agencies, cafes, grocery stores etc.
Health promotion and a safe working environment
LITE-ON actively complies with the requirements of the Labor Safety and Health Law and its enforcement rules, Labor Health and Safety Facilities Regulations, Labor Inspection Law and its enforcement rules, Hazardous Work Place Review and Inspection Rules, Strengthened Labor Health and Safety Management Guidelines, Labor Standards Law and its enforcement rules, and Health and Safety Facilities Standards. LITE-ON provides pre-service health checkups and health and safety training to new employees, and regular health checkups for in-service employees. Meanwhile, for those who perform particularly hazardous work, exposed to lead, ionizing radiation, benzene and hexane, and particularly hazardous processes, LITE-ON provides appropriate safety equipment, further implements health examinations focusing on specific items, performs health management, and regularly holds health and safety training classes, including classes on such subjects as electrical safety, use and management of hazardous articles and substances, and how to avoid unsafe actions while working. For fire safety, the company regularly holds relevant fire drills to enable employees to promote the necessary fire prevention concepts.
In 2018, LITE-ON performed 19,305 health check-ups for employees and there were 123,646 participations in fire prevention, health and safety trainings.
In order to effectively prevent the occurrence of occupational diseases and occupational hazards, each factory has an Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) implementation team cooperating with internal audit, headquarters audit to conduct annual EHS and fire safety activities. Meanwhile the EHS team supervise the improvement of environmental safety and hygiene to achieve the workplace zero disaster as the company's key indicator of operational management.
In accordance with EHS regulations and its management systems, the company has continued to track statistics on occupational injuries (excluding traffic accidents) in 2018, and the number of occupational injuries in Taiwan increased compared with the previous year. The number of male in Taiwan for 2018 severity of disabling injuries is the highest, mainly due to operating machinery. LITE-ON will continue to investigate the root causes of these injuries and prevent recurrences through corrective measures, improved procedures, training, and eliminating of behaviors and workplace arrangements that are unsafe to workers.