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Trends Facing Environmental Health & Safety Functions of Business. Texas Instruments Incorporated Sensors & Controls Francis J. Veale, Jr., Esq. Manager, Environmental, Safety & Health Department. Agenda. Introduction to Texas Instruments, Sensors & Controls EHS Department Today

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trends facing environmental health safety functions of business

Trends Facing Environmental Health & Safety Functions of Business

Texas Instruments IncorporatedSensors & Controls

Francis J. Veale, Jr., Esq.

Manager, Environmental, Safety & Health Department



  • Introduction to Texas Instruments, Sensors & Controls
  • EHS Department Today
  • Trends facing EHS Departments
  • Final Thoughts

Introduction: Texas Instruments Incorporated

  • TI comprised of four business divisions.
    • Semiconductor (85%), Sensors & Controls (10%), Educational Technology & Calculations (4%), DLP TV (1%).
  • S&C comprised of three business units:
    • Sensors, Controls, Radio Frequency Identification
  • S&C has more than 7,000 employees around the globe
  • Technology Development and Manufacturing in nine locations in the Americas, Asia and Europe

Introduction: Sensors &Controls

Environmental Recognition:

  • Selected Charter Member of EPA Performance Track Program.
  • 2001 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Toxics Use Reduction.
  • ISO 14001 Registered (November 2002)

Introduction: Sensors & Controls

  • S&C manufactures sensors that are used in various automotive systems.
  • Supplies all the major automakers directly as a tier one supplier or through others as a sub-tier supplier.
  • Subject to the EU End-of- Life Vehicle (ELV) directive restricting material content and disposal of vehicles.

Automotive Sensors


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Introduction: Sensors & Controls

  • S&C manufactures controls that are used in various electrical systems.
  • Supplies all the HVAC, telecommunications, and appliance markets.
  • Entire Control Products business product lines subject to globalization pressures.
  • Cost and location of key customers driving the shift of manufacturing to Asia.

Control Products


EHS Functions – Future Trends

  • What are the roles of ESH function?
    • Compliance with regulatory, customer, and all other applicable requirements to which the organization is subject.
    • Prevention of ESH liabilities – existing, related to the growth, and new – from negatively impacting the organization’s bottom-line.
    • Improvement of the organization by supplying value added ESH services.
  • The basic role of the ESH function remains as it is currently constituted, but the distribution of resources applied to each of the functional area changes.

EHS Functions – Future Trends

  • Compliance:
    • Operational Compliance: With outsourcing of operations to best cost manufacturing locations, domestic compliance requirements not as great a focus as international compliance.
      • Recent Chinese government guidance of enforcement against “non-compliant companies thereby generating more market share for the remaining companies who follow the regulations.”
    • Product Compliance: international material content and waste disposal directives, such as WEEE/RoHS and ELV, have become significant compliance requirements.
      • These directives have created a new breed of EHS staffer – Product Environmental Engineer (the “E” equivalent of Product Safety)

EHS Functions – Future Trends

  • EU Directives restricting Material Content (WEEE-RoHS, ELV) have caused OEMs and their entire supply chains to address, sometimes for the first time:
    • the material content of their products,
    • processes for communicating this data to customers,
    • the re-design of their products.
  • While these requirements originate in Europe, they are quickly becoming de-facto international standards. Failure to comply will severely restrict the sale of nonconforming product.
  • These requirements are becoming the source of major market discontinuities that will likely result in significant shifts in market share.

EHS Functions – Future Trends

  • Liability Prevention:
    • Liability Remediation: Domestic remediation placing a premium on and managing liabilities according to regulatory requirements. but at lowest cost to owner, and redeveloping contaminated facilities.
      • Stronger linkage between the real estate developers and the environmental firms that specialize in subsurface remediation.
    • International Liability: In addition to property liability, EHS function must learn to define the potential of acquisitions, new products and technology partnerships to increase company liability.
      • Diminution of value due to inaccurate or incomplete assessment of liabilities related to international commerce.

EHS Functions – Future Trends

  • Improvement:
    • Product Improvement: Trends show an increase in the quantity and complexity of EHS requirements worldwide. The EHS Function provides the expertise within the company to address these EHS requirements effectively.
      • Advanced preparation (i.e., addressing the EHS concern before it becomes a requirement) is more cost effective than addressing the EHS concern after it becomes a requirement.
      • Additionally, by addressing the requirement early, the company has the opportunity to turn the requirement into a competitive advantage.
    • Management System Improvement: International emphasis on management systems including registration to ISO 14001 and OSHAS 18001.

Final Thoughts

  • The EHS Function is undergoing a dramatic change internationally.
    • Domestic EHS Function dividing into three general categories:
      • Compliance Management with emphasis on management systems (ISO14001) and international compliance.
      • Liability Management with emphasis on Brownfields.
      • Product Environmental Engineering – the environmental equivalent of Product Safety.
    • Domestic EHS functions with responsibility for international locations must find an effective method for defining and managing international liability.
    • Internationally, EHS Function typically emphasizes compliance with local requirements.