Sites with ISO14001 or OHSAS18001 certification underwent the audits required to update or maintain such certification. These audits uncovered 19 nonconformities. The root causes were analyzed and corrective action was promptly taken in response to each issue. The nonconformities were minor issues relating to our management systems, and were not directly linked with environmental pollution or occupational accidents.
Safety and Environmental Audits
Triple audits evaluate each site's compliance, accident risk management, and the environmental impact situation aimed at producing continuous improvement.
ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 certification audits by certification authorities
Number of Nonconformity Instances Found with External Audits
Internal Site Audits
Audits of site safety and environmental activities at regularly scheduled intervals allow us to compare sites.
(Domestic sites: Once every two years / Overseas sites: Once every three years)
The FY2013 internal audits checked the state of maintenance of the measures against earthquake (FY2008 to FY2012) for the purpose of safe evacuation of employees at the time of earthquake at our 15 domestic sites. Evacuation routes and employee training were assured.
Overturning/falling prevention at the locations likely to experience problems during evacuation, seismic retrofit of the buildings, and other locations (in locker rooms) were inspected. 11 nonconformities ware uncovered including lack of measures for prevention of overturning of lockers and shelves on the evacuation routes. New measures were implemented. We gave instructions to introduce overturning prevention measures immediately, because locations of work have been often moved due to business change.
- There were no overturning preventions implemented, so that lockers and shelves may hinder evacuation or may harm people if they fall.
- There were things left near emergency exits which may cause problems at the time of evacuation.
- Evacuation route diagrams that were displayed were old and have not been updated.
Audits targeting site departments on observance of safety and environment laws, target achievement, and performance.
(Between once and twice a year)
All sites conducted internal audits of their departments in accordance with their management systems. Priority areas were determined for each site, and 16 nonconformities were uncovered as a result of conducting internal audits (for the Group in Japan).Corrective action was completed in all cases without delay, and after a follow-up check, it was reported to the managers that the management system has been effective in complying with the Taiyo Yuden Group’s policies and goals.
On-site inspection of waste disposal contractors (Sites in Japan)
FY2013 saw on-site inspections and audits of 11 operators: Three waste collection and transporting/intermediate processers, six intermediate processors, one final disposal company and one purchaser of items that have a resale value. As a result, it was confirmed that all inspected operators are processing and disposing of waste in an appropriate fashion. The operators have been classified into three ranks from the results of these inspections with the frequency of future inspections varying depending on the rank of the operator.