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Safety and Environmental Audits

Triple audits evaluate each site's compliance, accident risk management, and the environmental impact situation aimed at producing continuous improvement.

External Audits

ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 certification audits by certification authorities

Sites with ISO14001 or OHSAS18001 certification underwent the audits required to update or maintain such certification. These audits uncovered 15 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.

Number of Nonconformity Instances Found with External Audits

Number of Nonconformity Instances Found with External Audits

Nonconformity Examples

Nonconformity Examples

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)

In FY2014, audits were conducted at 17 sites for the purpose of confirming the status of compliance with the group’s health & safety standards.
Various measures that were specified as the group’s common standards for protecting employees from occupational accidents were confirmed, including indication, work in high places, the handling of heavy objects, lockout/tagout, fire prevention, and evacuation and safety.
In general, measures were implemented in accordance with the standards. However, as 10 nonconformities including erroneous indication on subdivided solution containers were found, new measures were also implemented.
By reflecting world-wide social requirements in a timely manner and benchmarking and sharing sites, we are improving the health & safety standards of the whole group.

Issue Examples

  • Necessary content indications, including the GHS symbol mark, were found to be missing on certain subdivided organic solution containers.
  • Although the work to remove refuse from the roof rainwater gutter involves a risk of falling, no fall prevention measures were taken.
  • Some employees were conducting the cleaning of plating devices without wearing goggles (unsafe action).

Internal Audits

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 12 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.

Other Audits

On-site inspection of waste disposal contractors (Sites in Japan)

FY2014 saw on-site inspections and audits of 19 operators: Five waste collection and transporting companies, seven waste collection and transporting/intermediate processers, six intermediate processors 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.