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Toward Elimination of Occupational Accidents

In fiscal year 2020, there were many behavioral injuries, such as missing a step on the stairs and cuts caused by hitting hands and heads, with the number of occurrences at 11 (FY 2019: 10), and a total frequency rate of 0.93 (FY 2019: 0.77). There were three cases of lost-time injuries, two of which were due to falls.

Frequency Rate of Injuries

Our calculation of lost-time injuries frequency rate was reviewed by Japan Quality Assurance Organization (JQA) and we received the following verification report.

Risk Assessment (RA) Initiatives

Risk assessment (RA) is the core activity of our occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS). We have reviewed diverse potential risks resulting from workplace equipment, chemical substances, and work at every workplace and evaluated them to take hardware/software countermeasures (residual risk management), prioritizing the most dangerous risks.
Also, the head of the workplace has conducted work observations and reviewed the results of RA.

Improvement of Working Environment

We conduct working environment measurements based on laws and regulations, targeting workplaces that handle chemical substances and workplaces subject to significant dust pollution and severe noise. Plants and workplaces that have been classified in the second or third management category are especially encouraged to implement effective solutions so that they can be reclassified in the first management category.
We also take measures to prevent cases of heat stroke in the summer by measuring the humidity and temperature in hot workplaces, encouraging an adequate intake of water and salt, providing cooling gear and the like.
In our offices, we appropriately control the level of lighting, temperature and humidity to ensure that the environment is suited to the work. In winter, we install humidifiers to help prevent the spread of colds and influenza as well as COVID-19.

Enhancement of Education, Training and Enlightenment

We conducted a variety of educational and training activities with the aim of building a safety culture from the view point of "people," "products" and "systems". Not only to prevent the recurrence of disasters, but to prevent them from occurring.

Stratified training

The program is implemented for new employees, third year, tenth year, managers, section managers and supervisors, and is being rolled out progressively to domestic group companies.

Training with hazard simulation machines

The hazard simulation machine simulates workplace injuries, such as being caught in a jam or snags, and provides an opportunity to experience the fear that comes with an injury, that is difficult to convey in words, and a chance to think about how to avoid injuries. There are 35 types of hazard simulation machines.

Health and safety, environment exhibition

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we held the exhibition online. Efforts and case studies related to health and safety, environment are introduced to foster employees who will act on their own.

Health and Safety Guidelines

All employees are given this book, and it is read together in each workplace, leading to safe behavior for each employee. It is available in English, Portuguese, and other languages.

Health and safety committee activities for rule compliance

We conduct activities that comply with the rules to create safe and secure workplaces and employees. To prevent walking related injuries with a focus on “Po・Ke・Te・Na・Shi” awareness. In particular, we are promoting pointing and calling.

Managers and supervisors on the workplace also carry out workplace patrols, risk prediction and share examples of Hiyari-Hatto (near misses), acting as the leaders of workplace health and safety management.

" Po・Ke・Te・Na・Shi " awareness poster
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