Occupational Health and Safety Management System
Ennostar established the “EHS Management Manual” and “Occupational Health and Safety Principles” in accordance with ISO 45001, RBA Code of Conduct, local regulations, and EHS system stipulations (ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001:2018, CNS 45001). We also formed the “Occupational Health and Safety Committee” to identify, assess, and control hazards in workplace environments and operations.
All Group subsidiaries have obtained ISO 45001 verifications and management systems cover 100% of employees. EPISTAR has also obtained CNS 45001 certification.
Occupational Health and Safety Committee
All Group subsidiaries have established environment, safety and health (EHS) committees to discuss and coordinate EHS matters, formulate targets, and continue to promote improvement plans. Factory-level ESG committee meetings are convened at least once every quarter by factory managers and meeting conclusions are applicable to all factory and associated personnel. Meeting attendees include committee members such as factory managers or proxies and the highest level managers from the R&D, support, quality assurance, and human resource centers; environmental safety department representatives, as well as labor representatives, who are required to exceed more than than one-third (33%) of committee members.
Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
The Group has formulated identification and risk assessment procedures for major hazards. We analyze potential risks that could result in abnormalities using risk assessment technologies and have adopted preventive measures to lower probabilities and severity of hazards.
Analysis of health and safety hazards are conducted in accordance with the activities/processes/scope of each department and associated steps/machinery and equipment/work items and other operational procedures. We classify physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic, social, and other types of hazards, estimate their probabilities of occurrence, exposure risks, and levels of severity to identify risks and opportunities.
Processes for determining and handling risks and opportunities:
Incident Investigation Management
The Group attaches great importance to the occupational safety of employees. We promptly complete notification procedures at the first instance after abnormal incidents have occurred and initiate emergency response mechanisms to reduce personnel injuries and operational losses. We have established “Incident Notification and Investigation Procedures” to be adopted following incident occurrence. Incident investigations are conducted with labor representatives to discover root causes of incidents, which are used to formulate corrective and preventive measures. Incident investigation reports are simultaneously submitted to the safety committees of all factories, and we expand disclosures of investigation results when necessary to serve as a reference for implementing improvements at each factory and to prevent similar incidents from reoccurring.
The “Incident Notification and Investigation Procedures” are applicable to all Group employees and contractors at all factories. Notifications and investigations are limited to factory incidents and traffic accidents. Incidents that occur outside of factories are only included in notification and data compilation procedures.
Emergency Response Procedures
The Group has established “EHS Emergency Response Procedures” and adopts a hierarchical management system. We have established response organizations at the head office level and factory level. Abnormal incidents that occur in factories are initially handled on site, but if subsequent responses are required, we rapidly complete notification procedures and initiate factory emergency response mechanisms to reduce personnel injury and operational losses. Should incident impacts continue to expand, response organizations at the head office level will be activated. All personnel comply with their required duties to respond to various situations during emergencies.
These emergency response procedures are applicable to all Group employees and contractors at all factories. We conduct factory emergency response drills at least once a year. Apart from factory-wide emergency responses, we also encourage on-site units to independently organize their own drills for strengthening of regional response capabilities and to practice preliminary responses when abnormalities occur so that emergencies do not expand to the entire factory. In 2022, we conducted a total of 42 emergency response drills, including 15 drills at EPISTAR, 7 drills at Lextar, 3 drills at Unikorn, and 17 drills at Lextar Electronics (including 6 tabletop simulations).
Occupational Health and Safety Training
The Group organized 102 occupational health and safety training courses in 2022, including fire and disaster prevention drills, general knowledge of hazards, emergency evacuations, first aid training, emergency response training to chemical spills, factory-wide evacuation drills, and online courses. A total of 24,950 people attended these training courses, which enhanced employee occupational safety awareness.
All 103 of our environmental health and safety personnel have obtained occupational health and safety certification and qualifications. We conduct training and certification for internal environmental health and safety auditors, and undergo internal audits of environmental health and safety systems at least once every year.
Management of Work-Related Injuries
The Group attaches great importance to safe workplace environments for employees and contractors. To prevent occupational disasters, our environmental health and safety department implements periodic and non-periodic environmental health and safety investigations, and invites managers ranking above factory department supervisors to participate in monthly environmental health and safety investigations. Defects are recorded by responsible units, who also assess improvement and response periods for each defect; all defects are tracked until they have been corrected. In 2022, the Group’s employees and contractors incurred 18 work-related injuries, none of which were high-consequence work-related injuries. The main injury types included crush injuries and chemical injuries. We strengthened disseminations related to these work-related injuries, and also inspected the locations where injuries occurred and the equipment that caused the injuries to prevent similar injuries from reoccurring.
√ No work-related ill health incidents or mortalities occurred during the year. The Group incurred no financial losses due to violations of employee health and safety laws in 2022, reflecting our efforts in protecting employee occupational safety.