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 certification audits by certification authorities

Sites with ISO14001 certification underwent the audits required to update or maintain such certification. These audits uncovered 4 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.
Note that, RBA-VAP audits, which were already being performed at overseas production sites, began at Japanese sites in FY2018.

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 FY2018 we performed site audits to examine the implementation status of the safety, health, and environmental requirements specified by the RBA Code and the operational status of our management systems.
In each audit, auditors checked documents and while onsite examined whether notifications were being submitted to conform to certain laws and regulations, use of qualified personnel, management of fire prevention systems, accessibility of evacuation routes, emergency preparedness and responses, chemicals management, waste product and water management, and so on.
The audits revealed insufficient treatment of expecting and nursing mothers, management of evacuation routes, first-aid box management, waste product management, and so on.
Countermeasures were implemented and validated for inadequacies and nonconformities found during the internal site audits.
We aim to improve the level of the health, safety, and environmental protection activities for the whole group by incorporating societal requirements globally in a timely manner and sharing the results after benchmarking products from all sites.

Issue Examples

Dangerous or hazardous assignments for which handling by expecting or nursing mothers should be limited were not sufficiently identified.
Evacuation route maps were not sufficiently created.
First-aid boxes were missing some items or were not sufficiently inspected.

Internal Audits

Audits targeting site departments on observance of safety and environment laws, target achievement, and performance.
(Once or twice every year)

All sites conducted internal audits of their departments in accordance with their management systems. Priority areas were determined for each site, and 38 non conformities were uncovered as a result of conducting internal audits (at sites 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)

During FY2018, we inspected and audited 27 companies (one collection and delivery company; seventeen collection, delivery and intermediate processing companies; and nine intermediate processing companies). As a result, it was confirmed that all inspected operators are processing and disposing of waste appropriately. 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.