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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 comprehensive health and safety procedures that are continuously updated to comply with governmental regulations, standards, and best business practices. Job safety analyses and risk assessments 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 2013, 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 2013, we offered over 23 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 also 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 2013.

Pandemic Preparedness

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 company, our Global Pandemic Preparedness Team has created a detailed plan to help employees and customers around the world deal with pandemics at every phase. By using EMC’s virtual private network (VPN), the vast majority of EMC employees would have the ability to work from home in the event of a pandemic.

EMC changed vendors for pandemic monitoring and medical advising in 2013 and we are now partnered with International SOS for these activities. We subscribe to the International SOS Pandemic Information Service, which provides continuous worldwide monitoring of flu and contagious disease outbreaks, civil unrest, weather, and natural disasters that have the potential to affect EMC employees who are based or traveling throughout the globe. In 2013, VCE organized a Pandemic Preparedness Team to cover employees who are also dispersed around the globe.

To learn more about how EMC plans for supply chain resiliency, visit Supply Chain.

Additional Information

EMC Corporation Occupational Health & Safety Policy

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