Efforts and Status


Creation of“ Safe workplace” culture

In order to create “Safe workplace” culture, the Group mainly carried out the following activities in FY2013 to FY2015. As a result, employee learned the basics of safety and are now always aware of health and safety.

  • All business sites promoted the “declaration of five safety actions that protect oneself” that ensures that each employee is aware of safety to prevent unsafe behaviors, and carried out activities to make the idea known to all.
  • We redesigned the safety training program and gave more practical training to supervisors who play a key role in health and safety activities at workplaces. The training improved workplace supervisors’ skills.
  • We introduced a method of boosting employee’s safety awareness (pointing and calling), and carried out practical safety promotion activities to decrease human errors.
  • We carried out training using a health and safety training textbook (in each local language) common to all Group companies at all Group sites worldwide. This improved employees’ sensitivity to danger and knowledge of safety measures.
Kiken Yochi (KY) (predict danger) and pointing and calling
Health and safety training textbook (Chinese edition)


Raising the activity quality to the world’s standard level

In order to upgrade our machine safety promotion activities to the world’s standard level, we mainly carried out the activities shown below in FY2013 to FY2015. As a result, machine safety experts’ advice and assessments improved machine safety across the Group, reducing occupational accident risks.

  • We trained machine safety exper ts (qualified safety assessors and sub-safety assessors) to strengthen the operational structure that promotes machine safety. In addition, we gave machine safety training to about 200 machine designers.
  • We surveyed the trends of regulations and standards related to machine safety worldwide and reflected the results in our Machine Safety Standards to improve the safety level.
  • Carrying out machine safety assessment from the viewpoint of machine safety experts improved the accuracy of assessment based on the Machine Safety Standards.
Training qualified safety assessors (SA)
Machine safety assessment by SAs


Standardization of procedures for safe work

In order to standardize safe work, we mainly carried out the activities shown below in FY2013 to FY2015. As a result, work procedures including irregular work have become safer, reducing occupational accident risks.

  • Health and safety staff investigated sources of risks in secondary tasks (such as preparation, setup, and cleanup) to confirm the effectiveness of risk measures.
  • Lockout and tag out procedures were introduced for high-risk tasks to enhance measures for avoiding risks while performing dangerous tasks.
  • By introducing a rule for the implementation of ergonomics measures (reducing burden on the human body), we assessed tasks that put excessive burden on the human body and implemented the measures employees’ sensitivity to danger and knowledge of safety measures.
Power lockout
Example of ergonomics measures


Minimization of toxicity and danger of chemical substances

In order to minimize the toxicity and danger of chemical substances, we mainly carried out the activities shown below in FY2013 to FY2015. As a result, operations handling chemical substances have become safer, reducing occupational accident risks.

  • We implemented visualization of the toxicity and danger of chemical substances by putting toxicity and danger indications on chemical substance containers, and establishing and introducing a unified rule for better indications such as the contents of pipes.
  • We assessed fire and explosion risks due to electrostatic discharge in electric equipment at places where large amounts of chemical substances are used or stored and implemented preventive measures based on the results.
  • We have specified quick response procedures for accidents such as chemical substances getting splashed on human bodies. Eye washers and showers have been installed at relevant places.
  • The method of training supervisors in chemical substance-handling workplaces was reviewed. They were reminded of their roles and responsibilities, and improved their management skills.
Eye washer
Training of chemical substance handling supervisors (Improvement measures by using local ventilation)


Strengthening safety check system

In order to strengthen our safety check system, we mainly carried out the activities shown below in FY2013 through FY2015. As a result, our Occupational Health and Safety Inspection (Health and Safety patrol) improved, problems were visualized, and implementation of measures became much quicker.

  • We held seminars to learn skills for Occupational Health and Safety Inspections. Strictly applying the Genba, Genjitsu, Genbutsu (actual place, actual situation, and actual product) principle helped participants improve their patrol skills.
  • An audit team consisting of health and safety experts and specialist engineers visited each site to check the safety status, and gave instructions for improvement from experts’ objective viewpoints.
  • Information on places evaluated as excellent was shared among related business sites, and the overall level of activity was upgraded.
Workplace patrol
Workplace patrol


①Maintaining low incidence ratio for mental health problems

It has been over ten years since the group introduced a mental healthcare program. During this period, our mental healthcare system has advanced through support activities such as counseling, line care training, support for leaves of absence and returning to work, and stress checks using a Web system.
In FY2015, we provided line care training for all supervisors for acquisition of basic knowledge on mental health and harassment prevention. The same training was provided to all managers in the preceding year.
As part of our staff care program, industrial healthcare personnel such as counselors, nurses and public health nurses are stationed on site to detect signs that employees are not well as soon as possible through detailed counseling, and properly support them. In addition, collaborating psychiatrists, industrial physicians, and clinical psychotherapists are invited to give lectures on mental health at study meetings of the industrial healthcare staff. This is expected to enrich our healthcare system further.
The incidence ratio of mental health problems was 0.45% in FY2015 (decrease by 0.4% from the preceding year), and the number of days of missed work also decreased. This is probably because the staff collaborated with departments to help employees on leave return to work and stay healthy after returning to work.
We will continue to promote mental healthcare activities so that all employees can work pleasantly in good health.

Study meeting of the industrial healthcare staffStudy meeting of the industrial healthcare staff

Mental Healthcare System

G1 : Incidence Rate

*The data were corrected after reviewing the calculation method.

②Keeping down abnormal checkup findings

In TAIYO YUDEN GROUP, industrial physicians, nurses, and public health nurses provide health guidance to help each employee improve their ability to care for their health. So far, we have provided three types of guidance: (1) exercise guidance, (2) health guidance, and (3) nutritional guidance.
To decrease lifestyle-related diseases, we have established and are running a health improvement program for those who have been identified as in need of health guidance from the results of regular health checkups.
We focused on visceral fat in FY2015, which is one of the main causes of metabolic syndrome (a risky state with multiple risk factors for lifestyle-related diseases such as high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and dyslipidemia, in addition to visceral fat obesity). To visualize problems in each employee’s lifestyle, we held a “Meeting for measuring lifestyle using visceral fat” (an outside
support service).
At this meeting, accumulated visceral fat and lifestyles prone to storing visceral fat were visualized. Each participant received individually tailored advice for a lifestyle with a right amount of visceral fat. This event encouraged them to re-examine their lifestyles.
We will continue to promote healthcare activities so that our employees can work in good health.

Questionnaire about lifestyleQuestionnaire about lifestyle
Measuring amount of visceral fatMeasuring amount of visceral fat