Occupational Safety and Health
Creating a Safe and Secure Workplace Environment
A company cannot attain sustainable growth without ensuring the occupational safety and health and hygiene of its employees. In order to provide workplace environments created considering safety and health, we are taking steps to realize zero occupational accidents, redress long working hours and support the mental health of employees.
Corporate Code of Conduct
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.
Promoting the Three Pillars of Safety Activities
In order to prevent occupational accidents, the Teijin Group has established three pillars of safety activities: the "5S" initiative (five Japanese words [seiri, seiton, seisou, seiketsu and shitsuke] which correspond to organization, tidiness, cleaning, hygiene and discipline), the "Hiyari-Hatto"(meaning close call or near miss) initiative and safety patrols.
Utilizing the information obtained through these activities, we aim to enhance individual awareness of risks, and communication in the workplace in order to eliminate occupational accidents within the Teijin Group.
Teijin works to ensure employees' safety in the workplace and improve its safety activities. To this end, it holds legally stipulated meetings, such as convening of the Health and Safety Committee, and shares information and holds discussions through its own original activities, such as convening of the ESH Promotion Committee.
Initiatives Aiming for Prevention of Lost Time Injuries
For the 2016 calendar year, we set a goal to achieve a lost-time injury frequency rate* of 0.25 or less. We focused particularly on the ongoing issue of preventing accidents involving being caught in rotors (accidents caused by rotors).
The lost-time injury frequency rate in 2016 was 0.27 (0.37 in Japan), therefore we did not achieve the target. Special audits were performed at the site where the only accident caused by rotors accompanied by a lost-time injury occurred that year. We exerted all efforts to investigate the root cause at the concerned workplace and establish measures for preventing a recurrence. Furthermore, in training seminars on machine safety, we are reinforcing awareness of the safety standards and approaches regarding measures to prevent accidents caused by rotors and implementing measures in line with these standards.
Since October 2004, there have been no fatal accidents involving employees of the Teijin Group, however in March, 2017, during repair work on a building at an overseas affiliate company, there was one fatal accident involving an employee of the subcontracting company. The Teijin Group also receives and assesses reports on lost-time accidents of subcontracting companies that occur at Group business sites and supports/promotes initiatives by subcontracting companies to secure safety.
Lost Time Injury Frequency Rates
Group-wide Sharing of Occupational Accident Information and Responses at the Time of an Accident
Information relating to all occupational accidents resulting in lost time due to injury that occur at Teijin Group companies is distributed via an Intranet to enable these experiences to be used as a reference, and to help prevent the recurrence of similar accidents.
In particular, if the circumstances and cause of the accident satisfy the requirements for a special audit as described in the ESH Audit Regulations, a special audit is performed either by the Head Office or the relevant business group, depending on the details of the accident. Special audits check the status of onsite investigations to determine the cause of the accidents, the progress of recurrence-prevention measures and whether or not there are any points for improvement. In FY2016, we performed one special audit in connection with an accident caused by rotors.
Current Status of OHSAS Management System Certification
To reduce risk in the workplace, the Teijin Group encourages its manufacturing and processing sites to obtain the OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety management system certification.
As of the end of March 2017, a total of 39 business sites and plants, comprising of 26 in Japan and 13 overseas, had been certified. Of the worksites recommended to acquire certification, 74% have acquired the occupational health and safety management system certification.