March 2010 www.semi.org/ehs


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SEMI Seeks RoHS Exclusion for Semiconductor and PV Manufacturing Equipment

Europe Considers Including Semiconductor and Photovoltaic Manufacturing Equipment Under the Scope of WEEE

SEMICON West 2010 Sustainable Technologies Award Now Open

SEMI EHS International Compliance and Regulatory Committee Sets 2010 Agenda

SEMI Announces New EHS Technical Standards

SOLARCON China Environmental, Health & Safety Workshop

SEMI to Host Briefing on Silane Incidents and Standards


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Exploring the Top EHS Myth: Good EHS Work Speaks for Itself

I would hazard a guess that, as EHS and sustainability professionals, our worst job performance is in promoting departmental or individual EHS achievements to management. We tend to have the belief that our efforts and successes will somehow speak for themselves at the boss level, the CEO level and the Board of Directors level. Wrong! The need to promote EHS and sustainability at the highest level cannot be underestimated. The challenge is in securing opportunities for consistent management dialogue and in creating an easily interpreted dashboard of metrics relative to the business goals of the organization... (More)

Aaron Zude
Senior Director, SEMI EHS Division
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Heinz KundertSEMI Seeks RoHS Exclusion for Semiconductor and PV Manufacturing Equipment
By Heinz Kundert, President, SEMI Europe

A European regulation, Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. Semiconductor and photovoltaic manufacturing equipment (SPME) are currently excluded from the scope of RoHS under the large-scale stationary industrial tool (LSIT) exclusion. However, in October 2009, the EU Parliament proposed eliminating the LSIT exclusion that covered SPME... (More)

Europe Considers Including Semiconductor and Photovoltaic Manufacturing Equipment Under the Scope of WEEE
Based on the same LSIT exclusion, SPME are also currently excluded from the scope of the European WEEE directive that addresses waste electrical and electronic equipment. Last month, the European Parliament proposed changes to the WEEE regulations, some of which cast doubt as to whether LSIT and SPME would still be excluded... (More)


Sustainable Technologies AwardSEMICON West 2010 Sustainable Technologies Award Now Open
Global Care is proud to sponsor the second annual Sustainable Technologies Award to recognize SEMICON West exhibitors who have sustainability as a priority. The Award provides recognition of exhibitors who provide equipment, materials or services that contribute to sustainable improvement of the environment. Applications are being accepting until... (More)


SEMI EHS International Compliance and Regulatory Committee Sets 2010 Agenda
By Mark Frankfurth, Co-Chair, SEMI North American EHS ICRC

As a co-chair of the SEMI EHS International Compliance and Regulatory Committee (ICRC) with fellow co-chair Sunny Rai, I would like to present the industry with a Committee update. It appears that the year has started strongly, and optimism for 2010 is as abundant as our relief that 2009 passed. The leaders of the ICRC congratulate the members for their success during a very tough year in 2009, and we admire the perseverance and resilience you demonstrated... (More)


StandardsSEMI Announces New EHS Technical Standards
SEMI has published nine new technical standards applicable to the semiconductor, MEMS, FPD and photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing industry. One of these, SEMI S27, focuses on "Safety Guideline for the Contents of Environmental, Safety, and Health (ESH) Evaluation Reports"... (More)


SOLARCON China 2010SOLARCON China Environmental, Health & Safety Workshop
This half-day workshop on March 17 organized by SEMI will focus on environment, heath, and safety topics relevant to China PV manufacturing industry. Presentations will include Silane Safety, Emissions Abatement, Hazard Assessment, Hazardous Gas Monitoring... (More)


SEMI to Host Briefing on Silane Incidents and Standards
Silane is an electronic specialty gas that has had widespread use in the semiconductor, flat panel display, photovoltaic, and related high technology industries. SEMI will host an industry briefing on Silane Incidents and Standards on April 15 in San Jose (California, USA). The briefing will include a review of past and present incidents, potential root causes as well as... (More)


SESHASESHA 32nd Annual Symposium and Exposition
SESHA will hold its 32nd Annual International High Technology ESH Symposium and Exhibition between April 26 - 29 in Scottsdale (Arizona, USA). SEMI will be hosting a Professional Development Course (PDC) entitled "Sustainability for the Corporate Practioner" on the Monday of the conference. Join us for a great week of EHS programs and events... (More)


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