Occupational Safety and Health

Occupational Safety

Creating a Safe and Secure Workplace Environment

Basic Stance

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

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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.

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.

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 2015 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 2015 was 0.28 (0.33 in Japan and 0.20 overseas), therefore we did not achieve the target. Special audits were performed because there was an accident caused by rotors accompanied by a lost-time injury in 2015. We are now investigating the root cause and establishing measures for preventing a recurrence. At the same time, we are reinforcing awareness of the safety standards specifically formulated to prevent accidents caused by rotors and implementing measures in line with these standards.

Since October 2004, there have been no fatal accidents in the Teijin Group, including at companies acting as suppliers.

In addition, even in the cases of work that was carried out at the business sites of suppliers of the Group, Teijin provided support and guidance for activities related to safety on a daily basis, and received reports and endeavored to understand the circumstances of any lost-time injuries that occurred, together with offering guidance to prevent any recurrence, and supported and promoted safety at the supplier companies.

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    Lost time injury frequency rate: The number of lost time injuries per one million working hours.

Lost Time Injury Frequency Ratesa red star

(FY2008)Japan:0.35%、Overseas:0.11%、Teijin Group:0.25%、Manufacturing industry average (Japan):1.12%、Chemical industry average (Japan):0.84%。(FY2009)Japan:0.26%、Overseas:0.22%、Teijin Group:0.25%、Manufacturing industry average (Japan):0.99%、Chemical industry average (Japan):0.72%。(FY2010)Japan:0.20%、Overseas:0.32%、Teijin Group:0.25%、Manufacturing industry average (Japan):0.98%、Chemical industry average (Japan):0.72%。(FY2011)Japan:0.32%、Overseas:0.32%、Teijin Group:0.32%、Manufacturing industry average (Japan):1.05%、Chemical industry average (Japan):0.88%。(FY2012)Japan:0.32%、Overseas:0.28%、Teijin Group:0.30%、Manufacturing industry average (Japan):1.00%、Chemical industry average (Japan):0.85%.(Figures are calculated based on calendar years.)*Source: Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, Japan: Survey on Industrial Accidents.

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.

Utilizing the information obtained through these activities, we aim to enhance individual awareness of risks, and communication in the workplace.

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 division, 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 FY2015, we performed one special audit in connection with an accident caused by rotors.

Current Status of OHSAS 18001 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 2016, a total of 40 business sites and plants, comprising 28 in Japan and 12 overseas, had been certified.

Of the worksites recommended to acquire certification, 73% have acquired the occupational health and safety management system certification.