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National Semiconductor facility obtains ISO nod

Posted: 27 Jun 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wafer processing? ISO 14001 certification? battery disposal?

National Semiconductor Corp.'s 8-inch wafer processing facility in South Portland, has received an ISO 14001 certification, an environmental management standard, and an OHSAS 18001 certification, a specification for an occupational health and safety management system.

To qualify for ISO 14001 certification, National Semiconductor conducted an in-depth review of ways it impacts the environment and studied how these impacts can be controlled or mitigated. As a result, the company set specific targets to reduce water and electricity usage, instituted a battery disposal program to keep batteries out of the general waste stream, and enhanced its recycling program.

OHSAS 18001 certification combines several international standards for occupational health and safety. It also requires a management system that identifies, controls and seeks continuous improvement in occupational health and safety. National Semiconductor claims that its focus in this area has been, and continues to be, ergonomics, both in the office areas and on the manufacturing floor. According to National Semiconductor, employees have responded so well to this program, they operated continuously for over nine months without a lost-time work injury.

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