Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) has steadily evolved to become a key element within SEMI’s Advocacy and Standards activities. On November 29th, 2018, nearly 60 members representing equipment, materials and device manufacturers gathered at SEMI’s Milpitas headquarters for our first EHS Summit. The main agenda for the day was related to discussing the new “EHS 2.0” strategy – and priorities – to better align with the current landscape facing members in various parts of the world.
“SEMI will not compromise our commitment to EH&S,” said SEMI president and CEO Ajit Manocha in is kickoff speech at the Summit, calling on members to rise to the challenge. “We also understand the importance of EH&S for our industry. SEMI EH&S staff is here to facilitate a program that achieves the highest priorities of our members – but we need you, our members, to be clear on your priorities.”
SEMI’s EH&S program has had many successes globally, including a strong suite of safety standards, since it launched in the 1980’s. Since then, exponential growth of EHS regulatory requirements worldwide has intensified pressure on members to become more transparent on environmental and social issues. The pressure to disclose on EHS performances has become more visible and challenging for members to manage across the entire supply chain.
During facilitated breakout sessions, members were invited to share their views on various industry issues. Some of the most pressing raised related to changes in the REACH European Regulations, or implications from the Stockholm Convention that will affect what products or hazardous chemicals can be used.
Some of the topics identified throughout the day included:
- Circular economy/green/sustainability
- Global RoHS and REACH regulations
- Used equipment machine safety
- Current and future prohibited substances tracking such as Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
After the summit’s success, SEMI is now planning three EH&S summits in 2019 and other events to further address the various issues facing members. To receive invitations and stay abreast of SEMI’s activities in EH&S, please join our EH&S interest list by clicking here.
Olivier Corvez is senior manager of EHS at SEMI.