Since first establishing a small scale operation in Ireland in 1989, Intel has gone on to invest some $15 billion in transforming a 360 acre site at Collinstown in Leixlip into one of the most advanced industrial campus’ in the world.
Today, with more than 4,500 people working at this Leixlip campus it is like a small, vibrant town that manufactures complex and intricate microprocessors in our specially designed ‘fab’ facilitates that operate round the clock, 365 days a year.
These fabs are large scale manufacturing environments that contain hundreds of different kinds of tool-sets and machinery, each with a distinct and specialised purpose. The main manufacturing areas of these fabs are known as cleanrooms – specially controlled production environments which use airflow systems to control the level of particles present. These cleanrooms are supported by complex systems and facilities as well as office environments and onsite amenities that ensure the ‘occupants’ of this unique town have everything they need in close proximity.
In this complex environment the number one priority is always safety and leading the way on our world class safety standard is our site Emergency Response Team (ERT).
The site Emergency Response Team, which has approximately 45 members per shift, and approx. 200 members in total, is made up of both voluntary roles, whereby employees take on the emergency response activities in addition to their core jobs, and of full time members who are the primary responders to any incident or emergency that may happen on the campus.
The ERT team is led by David Neville who is the Emergency Manager at Intel Ireland. We caught up with David recently to hear more about the Emergency Response Team and their important role at the Leixlip campus;
“Most of our members come to us in a voluntary capacity and have an interest in being involved in emergency response whilst in their regular work roles. When someone comes on board as an ERT member they spend one full week in intensive training that covers a range of different aspects from the likes of chemical and spill response to how to operate self-contained breathing apparatus. There is also additional training provided beyond this week for specific focus areas such as confined space rescue training and first aid.
If an incident is reported anywhere on our campus, the call is filtered to our Emergency Response Team and in most cases the responder will be one our full time ERT members but there are instances when the voluntary team will support this activity so it’s important that we have a sizeable team that is available across all of our shift patterns.
The folks who make up our Emergency Response Team come from a variety of different backgrounds – quite a few will be from the fab itself, and so typically work in our manufacturing environment, but there are also members from the likes of our Corporate Services group or our Total Chemical Management engineering group.
Safety is absolutely paramount at Intel and our Emergency Response Team is the backbone of our safety first environment. One of the first things that you will see when you enter a building here in Leixlip is a digital kiosk advising who the Emergency Response leader is for the current shift that is operational and how they can be contacted.
The nature of the incidents that the Emergency Response Team are required to deal with is quite diverse given the size of our employee population and also the complex nature of our manufacturing environment. There may be medical calls, facility issues etc. and in the case of any emergency it is the ERT leader on that shift who directs operations and leads the team.
The team also have an important role in leading all of our drill scenarios, such as drill evacuations, which happen on a regular basis. We run a lot of our practice drills on night shift or on weekends when the campus is quieter and these drills cover a range of different scenarios such as first aid, chemical response and AED (defibrillator) use.
Another example is our evacuation drills which happen once every 6 months for each of the different buildings that we have onsite.
Our ERT members are required to renew their certification ever year with some additional training being required every 2-3 years.
Given the extensive nature of the training that these team members receive and their active role in responding to various different kinds of incidents, they often find that these skills have been beneficial outside of Intel and many have had the opportunity to apply their expertise in a number of scenarios that have taken place whilst there were out of the workplace.
I am very proud of our commitment to ensuring a safe environment for all our employees and our Emergency Response Team are a world class example of commitment and dedication to this purpose”.
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