Risk Management

TAIYO YUDEN Group implements risk assessment based on expected safety, health, and environmental impacts annually, and makes countermeasures to prevent occurrence of risks.
Fire/explosion, and spillage/contamination of chemical substances affect on not only corporate activities but stakeholders, thus we consider these risks are significant.

Appropriate Management of Chemical Substances

To ward off environment contamination with chemicals and adverse effects on human health, we have banned the use of forbidden substances, implemented a chemical management framework, and are working on reducing emission volumes.

Chemical Management Framework

The Taiyo Yuden Group has its own standards in place for chemical substance management, which define chemical substances that must not be used, must only be used in limited situations, and must be managed.

Target Chemicals

Prohibited substances Cadmium, compounds containing cadmium, mercury, compounds containing mercury, hexavalent chromium compounds, etc.
Substances to be restricted Lead in ceramic/glass frit and piezoelectric bodies, tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and so on.
Substances to be managed Toluene, REACH SVHC (substance of very high concern), xylene, etc.

PRTR Law Compliance

In order to reduce the risks that chemicals impose on the environment, the Taiyo Yuden Group reports to the government the amounts of chemicals released to the environment (air, water, and soil), and waste chemicals transported and recycled under the Japanese Law for Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR). The government publishes the records and a database of these quantities making them widely available to members of the general public.

PRTR Restricted Substances

Target chemical substances and their incoming amount shown refer to substances for which their incoming amount exceeds 1 ton in compliance with the PRTR Law.
Emission: This refers to the total emission into the atmosphere, water, and soil.
Amount Transferred: This refers to the amount whose disposal is outsourced to an industrial waste contractor outside the business facility concerned.

Ozone-depleting Substances

We do not use ozone-depleting substances in our production processes. Although we use HCFC as a coolant in air conditioners and other equipment, we carry out appropriate collection and disposal.

Preparation for Emergency

Various types of regularly scheduled training are implemented to respond to sudden accidents, disasters, and other risks, with the objectives of early discovery, rapid response, prevention and mitigation. The Taiyo Yuden Group reconfirms appropriate procedures and strives for continuous improvement.

Firefighting Training

Haruna Plant
Participated the Fire Extinguisher Division of the Initial Fire Response Competition and demonstrated the same level of firefighting skills as in routine drills.
(October 2018)
Conducted a water-discharge exercise using an outdoor fire hydrant.
(May 2018)
Conducted an early-stage fire extinguishing exercise using dry chemical extinguishers.
(November 2018)

Emergency Training for Spillage of Chemical Substances

R&D Center
Conducted training on isolating a gutter and collecting a chemical substance for a scenario in which a chemical substance has leaked into a gutter.
(March 2019)
TAIYO YUDEN Mobile Technology
Conducted training on collecting leaked plating effluent for a scenario in which it leaked during the recovery process.
(June 2018)
Conducted training on preventing a leaked chemical substance from spreading for a scenario in which a container fell over and leaked while in transport.
(August 2018)

Evacuation and Medical Emergency Training

Nakanojo Plant
Conducted first-aid training under the guidance of the fire department. Participants learned cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and how to use an AED.
(May 2018)
Conducted a nighttime evacuation drill to develop abilities to quickly evacuate in the case of a fire at night.
(September 2018)
Conducted an emergency procedure and transportation drill to help the injured.
(November 2018)

Removing Soil Contamination

We completed our soil and ground water contamination surveys and made clean-up efforts following the Japanese Ministry of the Environment guidelines in 2003. No surveys were conducted in FY2018.

Environmental Accidents

No accidents that could affect the surrounding environment have occurred.