Disaster Prevention Activities

Disaster Prevention Activities

Protecting Local Communities and Employees from Disasters

Basic Stance

In order to prevent accidents and disasters such as explosions, fires, and leaks/spills of hazardous substances, we adhere strictly to disaster prevention management standards and are committed to preventative action/recurrence prevention of accidents and disasters, including countermeasures for natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

Corporate Code of Conduct

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    Respect human life and give due consideration to safety and health concerns

    The Teijin Group has respect for human life and strives to maintain people's safety and health at all stages of its business activities.

System to Promote Disaster Prevention Management

The Teijin Group is engaged in disaster prevention management and has established group-wide Disaster Prevention Guidelines. For each fiscal year, we design plans based on these guidelines relating to preventative measures such as disaster prevention assessment, fire prevention and earthquake countermeasures as well as plan and implement initiatives including the strengthening of disaster prevention training, drills and upgrading of fire prevention equipment.

Each Business Group / manufacturing site manages the implementation status and achievements of these disaster prevention activities, and gives guidance to improve any areas of non-compliance. The results of this are then audited by the Chief Social Responsibility Officer at the end of each fiscal year.

Implementing Disaster Prevention Assessments

Disaster prevention diagnosis meeting

The Teijin Group has been conducting disaster prevention diagnoses since 1980 and mini disaster prevention diagnoses since 2008 in line with our own independent standards.

In disaster prevention diagnoses, safety is assessed every five years by experts in manufacturing, facilities and ESH* at a total of 18 plants globally. These are Teijin Group plants where large amounts of high-pressure gases or hazardous substances are handled. Results of the assessments are reported at the following year’s disaster prevention diagnosis meeting. In FY2016 assessments were conducted at two plants and the results of the assessments of four plants conducted in FY2015 were reported.

Mini disaster prevention diagnoses mainly examine fire prevention, focusing on small-scale locations with a risk of fires, such as boilers and places where hazardous materials and combustibles are stored (18 factories). These assessments were implemented in three risk areas of two factories in FY2016.

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    ESH: an abbreviation for “Environment, Safety and disaster prevention, and Health”

Trends in the Number of Disaster-prevention-assessed Plantsa red star

(FY2012)Disaster prevention assessments:1,Mini disaster prevention assessments:6. (FY2013)Disaster prevention assessments:3,Mini disaster prevention assessments:13. (FY2014)Disaster prevention assessments:3,Mini disaster prevention assessments:7. (FY2015)Disaster prevention assessments:4,Mini disaster prevention assessments:7. (FY2016)Disaster prevention assessments:2,Mini disaster prevention assessments:3.

Other Activities Aimed at Realizing Zero Serious Accidents

To achieve our aim of zero "serious accidents," which we have defined as including explosions, fires and external leakage/spills of hazardous substances, we are working to enhance disaster prevention management at our chemical plants and power plants.

In FY2016, we were able to achieve zero serious accidents. This result was achieved through activities such as: (1) holding the disaster-prevention diagnostics report meeting, at which administrators of the chemical plants and power plants come together to have a presentation of "Corporate response in the event of a large-scale earthquake" and exchange case studies on the topic of “Eliminating accidents related to disaster prevention”; and (2)holding such steady activities as disaster-prevention study sessions, which target personnel in charge of disaster prevention at business sites and fire-prevention management liaison meetings, which target Group companies, to improve the level of fire prevention by sharing information and other actions.

In the future, with the objective of maintaining zero serious accidents, we will strive to further enhance our accident prevention management level.

Trends in the Number of Serious Accidents and Disastersa red star

(FY2011)Explosions/Fires:0,Leaks/Spills/Other:1. (FY2012)Explosions/Fires:0,Leaks/Spills/Other:0. (FY2013)Explosions/Fires:0,Leaks/Spills/Other:0. (FY2014)Explosions/Fires:0,Leaks/Spills/Other:0. (FY2015)Explosions/Fires:0,Leaks/Spills/Other:0. (FY2016)Explosions/Fires:0,Leaks/Spills/Other:0. (Figures are calculated based on calendar years.)

Activities of the Specialist Disaster Prevention Team

FY2016 Training for disaster prevention control technology

The Teijin Group has established a team comprising of current and former employees and external experts who have vast knowledge and experience in disaster prevention. This team, known as the Teijin Group Chemical Accident Preventions Specialist Team (TCAP), provides technical support for voluntary disaster prevention activities at our chemical plants and in-house power plants.

In FY2016, the TCAP team held training for disaster prevention control technology and provided guidance relating to disaster prevention diagnoses, mini disaster prevention diagnoses and accident case studies to 11 Japanese plants in accordance with a diagnosis schedule. Overseas, TCAP provided support on disaster prevention control to two Thai companies; namely Teijin Polyester (Thailand) Limited and Teijin (Thailand) Limited.

Fire Prevention Activities

Early-stage fire extinguishing drill

Since 2008, November 10 has been the Teijin Group Fire Prevention Day. On this day, each Group company conducts its own fire prevention activities as well as common activities for the whole Teijin Group such as a periodical fire prevention check. These activities are shared group-wide in order to strengthen the fire prevention system.

Measures for Compliance with the Act on Promotion of the Earthquake-Proof Retrofit of Buildings

In order to minimize damage caused by a large-scale earthquake, we have been systematically continuing with earthquake-resistance measures for buildings. Of 61 buildings designated under the Promotion of the Earthquake-proof Retrofit of Buildings Act of 1995, we have already completed earthquake-resistance reinforcement or removal of all the 38 buildings which were found to be non-compliant. Moreover, earthquake-resistance measures were completed in FY2016 for all the 21 buildings that were found not to comply with a 2006 revision of the Promotion of the Earthquake-proof Retrofit of Buildings Act.