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Efforts and Status

Man

Creation of “Safe workplace” culture

In order to create a “Safe workplace” culture, the educational system, which is the foundation of the entire Group, and the level of stratified training are improved for increasing the knowledge of all employees, and it enables them being aware of health and safety. In FY2014, we investigated the content of the education given at each site as the basic knowledge that employees possess varies from country to country, and found that the shared knowledge on health & safety varied from site to site. Therefore, we identified key educational issues and prepared education materials based on information collection from the ILO (International Labour Organization) and other sources, held training for educators at the sites, and started an education program that is common across the group with the aim of having all employees possess the same knowledge on health & safety. From now on, we will continuously improve the education systems and implement activities to ensure that all employees are conscious of health & safety and take actions based on such knowledge.

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Machine

Reaching for the world’s standard level

In order to reach the world’s standard level of machine safety operations, reviews of “Machine Safety Standards,” which specifies risk prevention commonly acknowledged for production machine, have been initiated, and we have been working on the improvement of the evaluation accuracy based on the standards. In FY2014, realization of a safety circuit configuration and safety measures during transport of machine were added to the Machine Safety Standards for the purpose of standardization. In addition, we trained our employees to be machine safety experts (Safety Sub-assessor Certification) to assist safety assessors and strengthen the operation system of machine safety activities. Further reviews of the standards will be initiated, and the standards will be evaluated from the machine safety experts’ point of view.

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Method

Standardization of procedures for safe work

We listed potential dangers in all operations, and we have been establishing and reviewing procedures so that operators can work in a safe and hygienic environment. In FY2014, in accordance with the basic rules for the entire Group, we have extracted and introduced tasks that require lockout and tagout. In addition, we have established a rule for ergonomics measures, started the identification of tasks that put excessive burden on the human body, and also started implementation of measures against them. The ergonomics measures will be implemented in compliance with the new basic rules.

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Material

Minimization of toxicity and danger of chemical substances

In order to minimize toxicity and danger of chemical substances, measures against risks of operations in handing chemical substances are continuously implemented. On piping carrying chemical substances and the like, indication of contents and other information is attached so that actions can be promptly taken in the event of emergencies including leakage, but the indication positions and indication methods vary from site to site. Therefore, in FY2014, we established a basic rule to unify these indications and modified the piping indications. From now on, we will evaluate the levels of measures against risk related to chemical substances and promote activities to minimize the risk levels.

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Measurement

Strengthening of check system

In order to strengthen our safety check system, we have been improving our Occupational Health and Safety Inspection (Health and Safety patrol), the extraction of problems, and implementation of measures against them based on the Genba, Genjitsu, Genbutsu (actual place, actual situation, and actual product) principle. in FY2014, an audit team consisting of health and safety experts was formed, visited sites, and checked the implementation status of the health and safety basic rules from the same viewpoint and based on the same standards. In addition, we gave improvement instructions to sites and persons in charge in the field based on excellent case examples of top runners to reduce gaps in the level of activity. From now on, focusing on risk extraction and measures during irregular work, we will conduct checks based on the Genba, Genjitsu, Genbutsu principle.

 

Health

①Maintaining low incidence ratio for mental health problems

It has been over 10 years since the group introduced a mental healthcare program. Efforts such as “counseling” and “support for leaving of absence and returning to work” have taken root. In FY2014, following “line care training” for acquisition of basic knowledge on mental health, we gave training for harassment prevention to all managers and supervisors. We have also continuously implemented stress checks by means of the web system to enable employees to “find their own stress and address it”. Counselors, nurses and public health nurses are available for individual counseling for those who have been identified as having high stress in the stress check. In addition, we also started self-care training in small groups under the themes of “communication experience,” “counseling on experience” and “coping with stress.” We will continue to promote activities that focus on promoting mental health so that it is possible for all employees to work in good health with early detection and treatment of any problems.

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Mental Healthcare System

G1 : Incidence Rate

②Keeping down abnormal checkup findings

In order to keep down abnormal checkup findings, we continue to provide (1) exercise guidance, (2) health guidance and (3) nutritional guidance, promoted mainly by nurses and public health nurses at each site. For recovery from 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 checks. In FY2014, we gave exercise lessons. We gave a lecture on the importance of periodical exercise and locomotive syndrome to motivate the participants to start exercising. We will continue to promote activities that focus on preventing and improving lifestyle-related diseases so that it is possible for our employees to work in good health.

*Locomotive syndrome
This refers to the phenomenon of becoming susceptible to falling and bone fractures caused by bone or joint disease, loss of muscle strength, and deterioration of body balance capability. A person with this syndrome is at high risk of becoming unable to live independently and requiring nursing care.

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