This excerpt taken from the IFX 6-K filed Dec 30, 2008.
Our responsibility in occupational safety, in environment and health protection
Our IMPRES System Infineon Integrated Management Program for Environment, Safety and Health has been implemented worldwide and incorporates all processes, strategies and objectives in the area of safety, health and environmental protection. IMPRES as an integrated system is highly efficient and complies with the requirements of the standards ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.
By ongoing improvements, we ensure that we not only comply with the minimum statutory and regulatory requirements, but also go above and beyond the minimum requirements in order to meet our commitment for continuing improvement in safety, health and environmental protection, and thus ensure sustainable business management. The efficient and responsible use of resources and energy is an integral part of our policy.
The safe handling of chemicals that are an unavoidable necessity in our production processes is of high priority in our company. Already when such chemicals are ordered, experts start recording, evaluating, and monitoring them to ensure that they are used in production exclusively under precisely defined parameters which are subject to the experts approval. Such approvals are only granted when the safety of individuals and the environment is guaranteed throughout the period of usage of the chemicals.
In recent years, the world-wide requirements and restrictions involving the use of certain substances in electrical and electronic products as well as our processes have increased, and we expect it will continue to increase. However, compliance with these requirements does not come into question for us.
These requirements and restrictions, which are sometimes region-specific, are carefully taken into account by us, given our need to deliver products globally. Meeting these challenges requires clear strategies, defined management processes, and active participation in international standard setting. IMPRES incorporates product- related environmental protection as one of its integral pillars, and encompasses internal processes which ensure that our products consistently comply with legal and statutory requirements and offer a high degree of legal certainty and reliability to our customers.