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 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 FY2018, we interviewed each employee who suffered an occupational injury to learn from their perspective how the incident occurred, what the workplace environment was like, and what their psychological state was. Through the interview we identified potential causes and incorporated them into our countermeasure development.
We will continue to raise the check levels to provide safe and hygienic workplaces.
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 counseling, line care training, support for leaves of absence and returning to work, and stress checks using an online system.
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.
We conduct the stress checks required by law for workplace analysis and improvement.
In workplace analysis, we worked with psychiatrists, industrial physicians, and clinical psychologists to host lectures for industrial health staff where they learned how to analyze stress check results from industrial physicians.
In workplace improvement, we used the workplace analysis results to identify workplaces with a high incidence of mental health problems. Clinical psychologists provided self-care training at these workplaces.
The rate of employees who suffered mental illness went up from FY2015 but remained the same between FY2017 and FY2018. It is however still increasing among young employees, and we will therefore address this issue by effectively providing counseling to detect problems early.
We will continue to work on providing mental health care so that all employees can work with a healthy body and mind.
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 own health. So far, we have provided three types of guidance: (1) exercise guidance, (2) health guidance, and (3) nutritional guidance. As a result, the rate of employees who were diagnosed with an illness in FY2018 was 52.6% while the national average was 54.1%. To decrease or at least maintain this rate, in FY2018, we began preparing healthy company management activities to promote employee health, improve corporate performance, and enhance corporate social value.
To prevent the employee illness rate from rising, we held a health awareness seminar for smokers in which they gained correct knowledge about cigarettes, learned about limiting of smoking areas, and measured their breath CO levels.
We will continue to promote healthcare activities so that our employees can work comfortably and in good health.