TAIYO YUDEN

Performance

We report how we worked on the 5Ms set in our Medium-Term Occupational Health and Safety Targets, during the fiscal year 2019.
The report covers TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.: six sites, and its domestic and overseas consolidated subsidiaries.

Organizations Covered by this Report

TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD. (Japan)
Takasaki Global Center / Haruna Plant / Nakanojo Plant / Tamamura Plant / Yawatabara Plant / R&D Center
Consolidated Subsidiary (Japan)
TAIYO YUDEN CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. / TAIYO YUDEN TECHNO SOLUTIONS CO., LTD. / FUKUSHIMA TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD. / NIIGATA TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD. / TAIYO YUDEN ENERGY DEVICE CO., LTD. / WAKAYAMA TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD. / TAIYO YUDEN Mobile Technology Co., Ltd. (Head Office & Tokorozawa Plant) / Kankyo Assist Co., Ltd.
Consolidated Subsidiary (Other Countries)
South Korea: KOREA KYONG NAM TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
China: TAIYO YUDEN (TIANJIN) ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. / TAIYO YUDEN (GUANGDONG) CO., LTD.
Philippines: TAIYO YUDEN (PHILIPPINES), INC.
Malaysia: TAIYO YUDEN (SARAWAK) SDN. BHD.

Efforts and Status

Man

Creation of“ Safe workplace” culture

To create a safe workplace culture, we are carrying out activities to help employees increase their knowledge of Health and Safety so they can perform their work with such knowledge in mind.
In FY2018, we reviewed educational materials and methods and reinforced education based on the analysis results of the Safety Awareness Survey conducted on the employees of domestic group sites, in order to improve safety awareness of each employee. In the Safety Awareness Survey conducted in FY2019, the results of almost all items were improved, enabling us to confirm the results of the activities we have carried out.
We will continue to administer the Safety Awareness Survey regularly to promote a safe workplace culture.
Analysis results of Safety Awareness Survey

Machine

Global standardization of equipment safety activities (ISO and IEC)

With the objective of ensuring our equipment safety activities conform to global standards (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 FY2019, we trained and increased the number of qualified equipment safety experts such as Safety Assessors (SAs) and Safety Sub Assessors (SSAs) and reinforced the equipment safety system.
Also, we implemented skill-up trainings for equipment design personnel and reviewed the group equipment safety standards based on feedback from equipment development designers and equipment safety experts. We will continue our efforts to reduce occupational injuries associated with equipment.
Training of qualified safety subassessors (SSAs)

Method

Standardization of procedures for safe work

We are upgrading and reviewing procedures to standardize them and make them safe and consistent so that employees can work more safely. In FY2019, we established standards concerning the installation of identification displays for the traffic division for industrial vehicles and sidewalks specified in the requirements of the RBA Code of Conduct, and implemented countermeasures based on the actual operation status at each site.
We will continue to work towards promoting a safe working environment from a common perspective.
Traffic division identification display

Material

Minimization of the harmfulness and danger of chemical substances

To minimize the hazards and dangers of chemical substances, we are continuously taking measures against risks associated with tasks that require workers to handle chemical substances.
In FY2019, we categorized the documents of the domestic groups, which were integrated as the rules and standards related to chemical substances, into items requiring detailed management individually based on the magnitude of the risk, applicable laws or regulations, and other requirements and organized each rule and standard, in order to reduce risks.
We will continue to work towards minimizing the hazards and dangers of chemical substances.
Local exhaust ventilation system inspection standard

Measurement

Enhancement of check levels

To provide safe and hygienic workplaces, we are working to raise check levels by upgrading and improving the methods for identifying invisible hazards (or those that have gone unnoticed). In FY2019, we established an internal audit team consisting of experts of each site and implemented audits from different perspectives, as well as introducing good case examples and providing guidance on improvement measures, with the aim of enhancing the internal audit function for health and safety. Through these initiatives, new issues were identified, and we were able to improve the safety standards of our workplaces by implementing appropriate measures against these issues.
We will continue to raise the check levels to provide safe and hygienic workplaces.

Health

1 Maintaining low incidence rate for mental health problems

The Taiyo Yuden Group has developed a system*1 for reducing incidences of mental health problems and conducting preventive activities. To care for the staff, we have established a system that allows the industrial health staff (including counselors, public health nurses, and nurses) to provide added care so that they can identify employees who are not feeling well earlier and provide them with the appropriate support.
In FY2019, activities were focused on care for employees experiencing high levels of stress based on the results of the stress check that is mandated by law. For individual employees, consultation with industrial physicians was provided to those who desired it.
For workplaces, discussions concerning countermeasures were held among the managerial staff of workplaces that were evaluated to have a high comprehensive risk value*2 in a stress check, public health nurses, and nurses.
In addition, we provided harassment training, which has been continuously held, to employees in management or supervisor positions by inviting external lecturers.
The rate of employees suffering from mental illness has been on an increasing trend since FY2015. However, it decreased to 0.86% in FY2019, as a result of our continuous efforts for improvement (See G1).
We will continue to work on providing mental health care so that all employees can work with a healthy body and mind.

Harassment training

Mental Healthcare System

G1 : Incidence rate

*2 Refers to the result of evaluation A: “work-related stress,” B: “stress responses of the body and mind,” and C: “support from people around you.”

2 Maintaining the rate of diagnosis in periodic medical checkups

The Taiyo Yuden Group is conducting health management activities to promote employee health, improve corporate performance, and enhance corporate social value. In FY2019, we carried out the following three activities in order to maintain the rate of diagnosis and boost health awareness of each employee.

① Activities aiming at enforcing a total smoking ban on company premises by April 2021 are being carried out in stages, targeting domestic sites.

  • For the improvement of non-smoking/smoking environments, we reviewed the smoking areas, layouts, and rules for the enforcement of a total smoking ban during working hours.
  • As part of a no-smoking information campaign, we selected a “non-smoking day” for each month and informed smokers of it.
  • To help employees stop smoking, we started providing in-house counseling, online support for smoking cessation using smartphones, and support for the utilization of a smoking cessation clinic.

② We held a “Seminar on women’s health by an obstetrician-gynecologist” for female employees, with the aim of supporting working women to continue working with enthusiasm. From the seminar, the employees learned how to cope with health problems by knowing the condition of their own bodies.

③ We have started providing articles summarizing health information that is easy-to-understand, with the aim of helping each employee improve their awareness and practice health management by gaining a correct understanding of health.

As a result, the rate of employees who were diagnosed with an illness in FY 2019 was 54.3%, while the national average was 56.6%. We will continue to promote healthcare activities so that our employees can work comfortably and in good health.

Seminar on women’s health

Countermeasures for Fire / Explosion

We stipulate voluntary standards related to the fire triangle (fuel, oxygen, and heat) in addition to legal requirements, implement and manage countermeasures for fire/explosion. Furthermore, fire drills and evacuation trainings are implemented in case of fire.

Risk Management

No fire/explosion has occurred in FY 2019.