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 27 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

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 fiscal 2016, we audited nine sites to verify their conformance to the EICC code of conduct and to the customer code of conduct.
In the audit process, we checked the documents and work sites in association with the preparations for and responses to emergencies, and control of chemical substances, waste materials and wastewater, among other things.
This revealed nonconformities such as imperfect measures against leaks of chemical substances and improper danger warnings about hazardous wastes. We subsequently implemented new countermeasures. By incorporating global social requirements and benchmarking products from all sites to share the results, we are increasing the level of the safety, health, and environmental activities of the entire group.

Issue Examples

The drugs in the first-aid boxes are not regularly checked; some drugs had expired.
No secondary container was arranged in preparation for leaks from liquid-waste containers.
In the hazardous-material warehouse, no danger warnings were indicated for hazardous wastes (such as waste ink and oil).

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 39 non conformities 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)

In fiscal 2016, we inspected and audited 16 companies (nine collection, delivery and intermediate processing companies and seven intermediate processing companies. 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.