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 and OHSAS18001 certification audits by certification authorities

Sites with ISO14001 or OHSAS18001 certification underwent the audits required to update or maintain such certification.
These audits uncovered 17 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.

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 FY2017, we audited all the domestic sites to verify that their management systems conform to ISO 14001:2015. While verifying the efforts of each site to follow the revised manuals and rules, we discovered that some did not fully conform to the requirements that were newly added to ISO 14001:2015.
We audited all the Taiyo Yuden Group sites to verify their risk assessment and site management situation associated with chemical substances. While verifying their situations concerning the implementation of risk assessment and the usage and management of chemical substances on site, inadequacies were revealed, such as failure to convey the risk assessment results or not correctly wearing protective gear.
Countermeasures were implemented and validated for inadequacies and nonconformities found during the internal site audits.
By incorporating global social requirements and sharing the results after benchmarking products from all sites, we hope to increase the level of health and safety/environmental activities of the entire Group.

Issue Examples

Issues, risks and opportunities related to the requirements were not organized sufficiently.
The type of gas mask was not appropriate for the chemical substances used.
The safety data sheets (SDS) placed at the worksite were not up to date.

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 52 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 FY2017, we inspected and audited 16 companies (one collection and delivery company; six 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.