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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 17 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)

The FY2012 internal audits checked whether laws and regulations continue to be strictly observed at our 14 domestic sites and whether these laws and regulations are understood, because there have been significant personnel changes due to voluntary retirements and because of the issue of the discovery of formaldehyde in Tone River. It was found that laws and regulations are being complied with, but some deficiencies were uncovered in regards to changes in laws and regulations, and businesses.

Issue Examples

  • Workers had not seen the SDS at places storing/handling chemical substances and there was no latest version of the SDS.
  • There were shifts with no work supervisor appointed in manufacturing processes for which it is necessary to appoint a work supervisor for each shift.
  • The review of the amount (multiple) of dangerous substances stored in each building was late.

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 18 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)

FY2012 saw on-site inspections and audits of 16 operators: Six refuse haulers/intermediate processers, eight final disposal companies and two items that have resale value purchasers. 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.