TAIYO YUDEN

Efforts and Status

Man

Creation of "Safe workplace" culture

To create a safe worksite culture, we are carrying out activities that help employees increase their knowledge about safety and health and behave based on that knowledge with safety and health always borne in mind.
In fiscal 2016, in-house experts on safety and health played a leading role in reviewing the training materials for employees reassigned to different business units. Reassigned employees are not familiar with their workplaces, so before starting to train them, we included information in the training materials that helps them enhance their sensitivity to risks and the safety rules that should be followed to prevent them from encountering accidents.
We will continue to provide training programs to create a safe workplace culture.
Training material for employees reassigned to different business units

Machine

Global standardization of equipment safety activities (ISO and IEC)

With the objective of globally standardizing equipment safety activities (as ISO and IEC), we are reviewing the Safety Standards for Group Equipment, which define measures against risks common to production equipment to enhance the safety measures for equipment. In fiscal 2016, experts (qualified safety assessors and sub-assessors) in equipment safety played a leading role in modifying the standards defined based on domestic guidelines to make them standards that satisfy important requirements defined in international standards and we trained all employees involved in design and fabrication of equipment.
We will continue to refine the standards to increase the level of the safety measures for equipment.
Training of safety standards for equipment

Method

Standardization of procedures for safe work

We are upgrading and reviewing procedures to standardize consistent safe work procedures for employees to work more safely.
The Taiyo Yuden Group has in place Lockout and Tagout Standards, group standards for securing safety in operating and maintaining facilities and equipment. However, since the specifications of the facilities and equipment and the methods for operating and maintaining them are different for each workplace, it was difficult to secure safety only by using standards.
Given these circumstances, in fiscal 2016, we developed work procedures that allow consistent lockout and tagout even if the specifications of the facilities and equipment and the operation and maintenance methods for them are different and we used these procedures to secure safety.
We will continue to standardize safe work procedures to achieve consistency to ensure that employees can work more safely.
Example of lockout and tagout

Material

Minimization of the harmfulness and danger of chemical substances

To minimize the harmfulness and danger of chemical substances, we are continuously taking measures against risks associated with tasks that require workers to handle chemical substances.
In the past, we assessed risks associated with chemical substances in the same manner as for operations and equipment. In fiscal 2016, however, we revised the standards for risk assessment to introduce techniques specific to chemical substances. This has enabled us to assess risks with consideration given to the harmfulness and dangers specific to each chemical substance and hence take appropriate measures according to assessment results.
We will continue to work toward minimizing the harmfulness and danger of chemical substances.

Measurement

Enhancement of check levels

To provide safe, sanitary workplaces, we are working to make higher check levels by upgrading and improving the means and methods for identifying invisible hazards (or those that have gone unnoticed).
In fiscal 2016, we studied and analyzed advanced efforts being made in the electric and electronics industry and by our customers to identify potential dangers that had not been recognized and listed them as points to be checked. We used this list as a list for self-checks at sites and in audits.
This has identified dangers for which measures need to be taken and we have already done so, resulting in a higher workplace safety level.
We will continue to make efforts to enhance the level of checks to provide safe, sanitary workplaces.

Health

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 fiscal 2016, we continuously held line-care courses with the objective of providing basic knowledge about mental health and preventing harassment as well as carried out activities for analyzing and improving workplaces in association with the enactment of legislation about stress checks.
To care for the staff, we have established a system that allows the industrial health staff, including counselors, hygienists, and nurses, to provide added care so that they can notice employees in a bad condition earlier and provide them appropriate support. In addition, we invite partner psychiatrists, industrial physicians, and clinical psychologists as lecturers to provide the industrial health staff with training sessions about mental health toward building a more substantial care system.
In fiscal 2016, the ratio of employees who suffered from an illness was 0.60%, which was slightly higher than that in the previous year, but is still low. The reason we are able to maintain this ratio at such a low level is probably because the industrial health staff members are working with each department to support employees returning to work who were on leave and to prevent diseases from recurring. We will continue to work on mental health care so that all employees can work comfortably.

Study meeting of the industrial healthcare staff

Mental Healthcare System

G1 : Incidence Rate

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.
The ratio of employees with any kind of finding is 51.5%, which is slightly lower than the national average of 53.6%. In fiscal 2016, to improve or at least maintain this situation, we held lifestyle measurement meetings in more sites, which we had started in the previous fiscal year. In addition, after naming the activities for enhancing fitness (TYHP 21: TAIYO YUDEN G Health Plan 21), we developed goals and plans under the slogan of "Review and change your lifestyle with higher health consciousness" and started activities such as holding seminars for building health and quitting smoking.
We will continue to promote healthcare activities so that our employees can work in good health.

Seminar for building health
Seminar for quitting smoking