January 2009 www.semi.org/ehs


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From the Director

PV EHS Forum

Inoue Award Recipient

Inoue Award Nominations

Sustainability Goals

Hitachi Chemicals

China RoHS

Grapevine Forum


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SEMICON China
March 17–19
Shanghai, China

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From the Director

In the October EHS Advantage, I talked about critical EHS issues, including the growth of the Photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing industry and related EHS risks. As the PV manufacturing industry expands, and novel processes and manufacturing techniques and equipment are brought on line, associated EHS issues escalate at a logarithmic rate. From silane safety— to equipment design, installation and commissioning— to abatement and control of emissions, many EHS issues that were previously resolved by the semiconductor industry are resurfacing at PV manufacturers.

What is now clear is that the world is taking notice of the environmental and safety consequences of poor PV EHS management. As a PV manufacturer or supply chain provider, your EHS performance and intentions towards future sustainable business practices are being scrutinized and communicated to the world.

Here are three examples... (More)

Aaron Zude
Senior Director
SEMI EHS Division
azude@semi.org


SEMI Launches Electronic Forum for PV EHS Information Exchange
In response to the need for global EHS information exchange within the PV industry, SEMI recently launched an electronic web-based forum for the exchange of PV EHS knowledge and information. In its first week of operation, the site attracted more than 50 registered participants. This site is intended to provide a forum for the open exchange of non-commercial and non-proprietary information and ideas. Accessing the forum is free... (More)


Toshiba's Atsutoshi Nishida is the Recipient of the 2008 Akira Inoue Award
Atsutoshi Nishida, president and CEO of Toshiba Corporation, is the recipient of the 2008 Akira Inoue Award for outstanding achievement in environment, health and safety in the semiconductor industry. The award is sponsored by SEMI and was presented on December 2 during the SEMICON Japan President's Reception in Tokyo... (More)

Call for Nominations for the 2009 Akira Inoue Award
If you know someone whose EHS achievements should be recognized by the semiconductor industry, please take the time to submit their name in consideration for this award... (More)


Leading Hitachi Chemical to Integrate and Expand on SEMI EHS and Global Care
By Kiyoshi Togawa
Some time ago, we decided that too few Japanese materials companies were participating in the various SEMI global initiatives. As a first step to changing this, Hitachi Chemical decided to get involved in SEMI's Global Care program promoting EHS... (More)


Sustainability Tops Society, Supplier and Manufacturer Goals
Industry sustainability challenges highlighted the opening day at SEMICON Japan, held on December 3-5 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba Japan. This was the first multiple-keynote session focusing on a critical industry topic in the exposition's 32-year history. Underscoring the importance of the subject, the 700+ seat conference venue quickly sold out in two days and was satellite broadcast in three additional locations in Japan... (More)


SEMI Publishes FAQ Document on Changes to China RoHS Regulations
The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) recently published new information about potential changes to the China RoHS Regulations. The changes could affect companies that market semiconductor manufacturing equipment and/or semiconductor devices in China. SEMI has published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, which summarizes this new information... (More)


I Heard It through the Grapevine: Join over 500 EHS Professionals on the SEMI Forum
EHS professionals in the semiconductor industry can share useful technical and regulatory information over the SEMI Environmental, Health & Safety (SEHS) Grapevine. The Grapevine is an email-based discussion list with over 500 registered members. In the nine years since its inception, the Grapevine has hosted over 850 discussion topics... (More).


Events Calendar

ISS Europe 2009
February 1–3, 2009; Dresden, Germany
Includes presentations on Eco-Efficiency and Sustainability

SEMICON China
March 17–19, 2009; Shanghai, China

SOLARCON China
March 17–19, 2009; Shanghai, China

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