Health and Safety

Workplace health and safety is one of Qualcomm’s highest priorities. We integrate environment, health and safety (EHS) principles and practices into our everyday operations, ensuring a safe and healthy workplace for our employees, contractors, visitors, and communities. 

Our EHS Policy highlights our commitment to proactively manage workplace health and safety risks while continually improving our established management system. We maintain compliance with applicable legal and other requirements, regularly monitor and improve EHS performance, mitigate hazards and risks, and incorporate industry best practices. The policy also provides a framework for setting and reviewing EHS objectives.

Management system

Our EHS governance framework and global EHS management systems, which are overseen at the highest levels of company, enable us to effectively manage risk, ensure regulatory compliance, and address the health and safety needs of our employees and contractors. Starting with our Policy as the foundation, our EHS management system (code of practice) comprises of a series of globally applicable Core Principles, Standards and assurance processes that are structured using the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 frameworks as a foundation.

The EHS Code of Practice serves as a guide for developing a broad range of programs for the protection of workers and the environment into our day-to-day business management systems. It provides the framework to establish an overall strategy, organizational structure for managing Qualcomm EHS programs, and more including the following.

  • Core EHS principles: Outlines the minimum elements that must be implemented at Qualcomm sites and defines roles and responsibilities.
  • Risk management: Ensures that Qualcomm business and job functions conducted in the workplace protect employees, contractors, visitors, and temporary employees by identifying and controlling occupational hazards, as well as managing EHS business risks.
  • Workplace safety: Ascertains that Qualcomm sites implement programs in key areas of employee occupational health and safety.
  • Environmental management: Establishes directives for Qualcomm sites to meet or exceed applicable regulations and standards related to our environmental footprint, including impacts to air, water, chemical waste and energy use.

Qualcomm requires all its worldwide offices, labs, and manufacturing sites to apply the EHS Code of Practice to avoid, mitigate and manage health and safety risks. The EHS Code of Practice is periodically reviewed and updated to maintain alignment with industry best practice and ensure continuous improvement.

Qualcomm sites are required to conduct self-assessments as part of our annual compliance assurance process. Lab management and local EHS engineers conduct more frequent spot checks and inspections to assess compliance. In addition, we require regular internal EHS audits to verify the effective implementation of our EHS programs, as well as periodic external audits to verify the compliance status of country specific regulatory requirements.

Workplace Safety Targets

Although we strive for a goal of no harm, we currently have an annual global target for Lost Time Incident Rate (LTIR) of less than 0.50; and a Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) of less than 0.60.

Together with periodic inspections, audits, and management reviews, we execute a complete EHS management and assurance process to ensure we fully protect our employees, contractors and others while providing a safe and healthy working environment. Additional EHS-related information and performance indicators are published in our annual Corporate Responsibility Report.

Maintaining high standards at our three manufacturing facilities

With the completion of our acquisition of the remaining interest in RF360 Holdings Singapore Pte. Ltd. (“RF360”), in fiscal year 2020, we now own three manufacturing sites located in China, Germany, and Singapore. Our sites are certified by the internationally recognized ISO 45001 standard on occupational health and safety management and ISO 14001 standard for environmental management. Compliance with these international standards is regularly audited and verified by external auditors.

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