OUR PEOPLE AND WORKFORCE
Workplace Health & Safety
EMC ensures our worldwide facilities provide safe and healthy work environments for our employees and visitors. Our occupational health and safety programs are audited regularly to look for opportunities to improve our performance by engaging our employees and redefining our approach.
Health & Safety Management & Training
EMC has developed extensive health and safety procedures that are regularly updated to comply with governmental regulations, standards, and best business practices. Job safety analyses, risk assessments, and comprehensive training support and drive our policies and procedures. We conduct audits and inspections to ensure the effectiveness of these policies and procedures, and engage our employees to continuously improve our programs.
Our manufacturing facilities, located in the U.S. and Ireland, are certified to OHSAS 18001, the global standard for excellence. These locations were chosen for certification because as an IT company, our primary health and safety risks are in the manufacturing facilities. As of 2014, our OHSAS 18001 facilities certification statuses are as follows:
- Manufacturing facility in Cork, Ireland, certified since 2005
- Manufacturing facility in Franklin, Massachusetts, certified since 2009
- Shipping and warehouse facility in Franklin, Massachusetts, certified since 2011
- Manufacturing facility in Apex, North Carolina, certified since 2010
Employees take health and safety training relevant to their work through online and instructor-led courses. In 2014, we offered 24 computer-based training modules and conducted regular in-house training. Training was updated throughout the year based on regulation and process changes. Employee-led Safety Action Teams meet regularly to review safety issues, perform audits, and organize training programs.
Health & Safety Violations
EMC was not cited for any health and safety violations in 2014.
EMC recognizes communicable diseases may pose a potential threat to the health of our employees, our business operations, and our global customers. Comprising representatives from business units across the EMC Federation, our Global Pandemic Preparedness Team monitors emerging threats of pandemic and disease outbreaks that have the potential to impact our employees or disrupt our operations. The team is globally dispersed so that a local response is available in the event of any potentially impacting incident. Should there be a large-scale outbreak of an infectious disease, EMC’s virtual private network (VPN) allows the vast majority of employees to work remotely, a best-practice for containing the spread of infectious disease.
During 2014, EMC established an Ebola Working Committee in response to the devastating outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Ebola Working Committee developed response protocols and travel requirements in order to mitigate the risk of exposure our employees, partners, and customers to the EVD.
To learn more about how EMC plans for supply chain resiliency, visit Supply Chain.