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Safety & Health

Employee Safety

The semiconductor industry is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of its employees. Alongside companies’ dedicated safety & health programmes, ESIA seeks to shed light on overall industry efforts by collecting European sector-level data on occupational safety & health results. The ESIA safety indicators programme looks at two parameters: the ‘recordable case rate’, and ‘severity rate’.

The following graphs are based on methodology by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the globally recognised methodological standard for safety & health matters.

All data collected is based on aggregated industry figures.

Recordable case rates 2010-2022

* FTE: full time equivalent employee (2,000 hours per year)

The ‘recordable case rate’ (or ‘recordable incident rate’) pertains to per 100 FTE employees. These work-related injuries or illnesses have resulted from an event, accident, or exposure in the workplace, and do not include commuting or first aid. Over a 12-year period, the recordable case rate has dropped by more than 60%.

Severity rates 2005-2021

* FTE: full time equivalent employee (2,000 hours per year)

The ‘severity rate’ pertains to the number of lost day cases per 100 FTE employees. It involves one or more days away from work following the day on which the injury had occurred.

The European semiconductor industry remains committed to protecting the health & safety of its employees and continues to promote a safe working environment and raise awareness of work injuries & illnesses.