TAIYO YUDEN

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 safety and health so they can work while bearing such knowledge in mind.
In FY2017, we reviewed the contents of our regular training program “Foreman Refresh Safety and Health Education,” with the objective of improving the skills of foremen, who serve as key persons for worksite management, in order to raise the safety and health standard of each workplace. We have added more contents, such as the workplace training evaluation method and facility hazards, and started conducting the training.
We will continue to provide training programs to promote a safe workplace culture.
Foreman Refresh Safety and Health Educatio

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 FY2017, we started operations in accordance with standards that conform to the global standards for equipment safety (ISO and IEC). We have expanded the equipment safety training program, which we used to provide for employees engaging in equipment development and design within Japan with the aim of increasing their understanding of the Safety Standards for Group Equipment, to overseas. Experts (safety assessors) in equipment safety were dispatched to overseas sites to provide training, which include training on equipment safety countermeasures using actual equipment.
We will continue our efforts to reduce industrial accidents associated with equipment.
Equipment safety standard checklist

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 order to prevent falling accidents, which account for approximately 25% (in FY2016) of all industrial accidents in the Taiyo Yuden Group, we established the Group countermeasure policy and implemented countermeasures in all production sites in FY2017. These countermeasures include implementing measures against height differences in aisles or slopes and stairs, and displaying posters or warnings to raise awareness.
We will continue to work towards promoting a safe working environment from a common perspective.
Installation of anti-slip tapes

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 FY2017, we conducted activities to reduce health risks in work areas where organic solvents are used. With respect to tasks, we measured the working environment of each worker (individual exposure concentration measurement) and the work areas and reviewed the health countermeasures based on the measurement results (e.g. reviewing the gas mask filter replacement frequency and sealing the source of chemical substances). For equipment, we have implemented countermeasures such as reducing the opening areas of the hoods after taking workability into consideration, in order to improve the absorption efficiency of the local exhaust systems.
We will continue to work towards minimizing the hazards and dangers of chemical substances.

Measurement

Enhancement of check levels

To provide safe and sanitary 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 the Taiyo Yuden Group, patrolling is performed from various perspectives by employees who specialize in health and safety and the zone managers of each workplace.
In FY2017, careful observations were made during workplace patrols and hidden risks in tasks and flow lines were identified, which led to the development of countermeasures. In addition, actual work scenes were recorded in some sites and potential risks that could not be found through workplace patrols were identified by repeatedly checking the recorded scenes, and countermeasures were implemented against these risks.
We will continue to raise the check levels to provide safe and sanitary workplaces.

Health

①Maintaining low incidence ratio for mental health problems

It has been over 10 years since the group introduced a mental healthcare program.
During this period, our mental healthcare system has advanced through support activities such as counselling, line care training, support for leaves of absence and returning to work, and stress checks using an online system. In FY2017, we carried out activities for analyzing and improving workplaces after stress checks became mandatory by law.
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 in poor condition earlier and provide them with the appropriate support. In addition, we invited partner psychiatrists and industrial physicians to provide lectures to the industrial health staff with training sessions about mental health, with the aim of building a more substantial care system.
The ratio of employees who suffer from an illness has gradually been increasing since FY2015, reaching 1.15% in FY2017. The reason for this is an increase in the number of young workers who suffer from illnesses, so we are working on countermeasures to facilitate the early detection of illnesses. We will continue to work on providing mental health care so that all employees can work with a healthy body and mind.

Study meeting of the industrial healthcare staff

Mental Healthcare System

G1 : Incidence Ratio

②Maintaining the rate of diagnosis in periodic medical checkups

In the 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 who were diagnosed with an illness was 51.6%, which was lower than the national average of 53.8%. In FY2017, to maintain or improve this situation, we held lifestyle measurement meetings at more work sites to make employees more health-conscious. In addition, we held nutrition or health classes under the slogan of “Review and change your lifestyle with higher health consciousness,” which was established for TYHP 21 (Taiyo Yuden G Health Plan 21). We will continue to promote healthcare activities so that our employees can work in good health.

Nutrition class
Health class