Effective October 1, 2012, QUALCOMM Incorporated completed a corporate reorganization in which the assets of certain of its businesses and groups, as well as the stock of certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries, were contributed to Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Learn more about these changes

Workplace Safety

Making safety second nature

With 26,600 people working in office locations worldwide, avoiding accidents and keeping people healthy remains one of our highest priorities. Our guide? Our Injury and Illness Prevention Plan. It provides clear, consistent and regulatory-compliant policies and protocols for managing health and safety. It describes our standards and specifications for training, safety audits, incident investigation and communications, and it helps us integrate safety practices in every aspect of our business.

Safety by committee

Informing our safety policies and procedures for our San Diego location is a committee made up of representatives from all 44 buildings at our headquarters. These volunteers accompany our Environmental Health and Safety Department during routine safety inspections, help evacuate buildings when necessary and attend safety committee meetings every other month.

We want to make safety a global export. We’re working to understand the complex occupational safety regulations of all the countries where we do business and implement a global safety program.

An Injury Rate Far Below the Industry Average

Our illness and injury rate dropped by 43 percent compared to 2011. It is 32 percent lower than the industry average. That’s due in part to the fact that we have one of the industry’s most comprehensive and robust accident-reporting systems. Qualcomm employees have a variety of channels for reporting accidents without fear of reprisal—an achievement we are proud of. We encourage employees to report even minor injuries so we can help prevent them from becoming more serious. Our rate of lost time due to injury and illness was 53 percent lower than the industry average and 30 percent lower than 2011.

Total Injury and Incident Rate (per 100 full-time U.S. employees)*
Total Injury and Incident Rate (per 100 full-time U.S. employees)

(Compared to Telecom Industry, U.S., with 1,000 or more employees)
*Work-related injury that required treatment beyond first aid or resulting in lost time or restricted job duties for one or more workers as defined by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Total Lost Time Injury and Illness Rate (days, per 100 full-time U.S. employees)*
Total Lost Time Injury and Illness Rate (days, per 100 full-time U.S. employees)

*Work-related injury that resulted in days away from work, restricted work activity and/or job transfer.

Fewer Injuries, More Training

Our 2012 Environmental Health and Safety Trainings consisted of 1,737 trainings totaling 2,764 hours delivered to 3,221 employees. Training topics included hazardous waste operations and emergency response, driver safety, forklift operation, lab safety, ergonomics and more.

Preventing Ergonomic Injuries

Our employees spend many hours daily at their computers, which can lead to back pain, eyestrain and repetitive stress injuries, to name a few. We provide personalized ergonomic training—including a comprehensive online self-assessment—to help ensure our employees’ workstations produce innovations rather than injuries. In 2012, we performed 3,184 one-on-one ergonomic assessments, an increase of 63 percent over the previous year.