Sustainability

Security, Disaster Prevention, and Occupational Safety Activities

Following the principle of safety first in everything, the Teijin Group aims to realize zero disasters and zero accidents. We also promote the mental and physical well-being of employees and the building of employee-friendly workplaces.

Security and Disaster Prevention 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 planning and implementing initiatives including the strengthening of disaster-prevention training and 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 noncompliance. 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
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 14 plants globally. These are Teijin Group plants where large amounts of hazardous substances are handled. Results of the assessments are reported at the following year's disaster-prevention diagnosis meeting. In FY2019, assessments were conducted at four plants, and the results of the assessments of three plants conducted in FY2018 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 (25 factories). We conduct an examination every 5 years. In FY2019, we revised diagnosis implementation criteria in order to prevent fires in warehouses and buildings and, in line with the new standards, carried out diagnoses at 36 risk areas in 11 factories.

Trends in the Number of Disaster-Prevention-Assessed Plants

Trends in the Number of Disaster-Prevention-Assessed Plants

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 FY2019, we carried out sound disaster-prevention activities, including a disaster-prevention diagnostics report meeting that included a report and discussions on “Preparation for Natural Disasters” and a disaster prevention event bringing together administrators of chemical plants and power plants. At the disaster prevention event, we discussed “Lessons learned from recent Teijin Group disaster prevention accidents (Don't for Disaster Prevention*)” and “Enhancement of facility management for disaster prevention”. We also held a disaster-prevention management liaison meeting for group companies, which endeavored to upgrade disaster-prevention management through, among other things, the sharing of information.

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

  • *Don't for Disaster Prevention identifies the lessons to be learned from past accidents at the Teijin Group, with personnel engaged in onsite plant management explaining points that must not be allowed in disaster-prevention management. The first edition was issued in 2009, the second in 2012, and the third in 2018 to bring the material in line with changes in accidents occurring in the Teijin Group, environmental changes inside and outside the Group, and changes in disaster-prevention management technology.

Activities of the specialist disaster prevention team

The Teijin Group has established a team comprising current and former employees and external experts with 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 FY2019, 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 in four Japanese plants and two overseas plants in accordance with a diagnosis schedule. Overseas, TCAP provided support on disaster-prevention control to two plants in Thailand: Teijin Polyester (Thailand) Limited and Teijin (Thailand) Limited.

In addition, 16 persons completed training in disaster-prevention manager skills to foster onsite disaster-prevention administrators.

Fire prevention activities

Early-stage fire-extinguishing drills conducted overseas

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 periodical fire-prevention checks. These activities are shared Group-wide in order to strengthen the fire-prevention system.

Disaster-Prevention Training (Evacuation Drills)

Evacuation drill

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake struck on March 11, 2011, the Teijin Group has continued to implement evacuation drills assuming the outbreak of a natural disaster. After the drills, we hold review meetings and endeavor to improve our antiearthquake manual. In FY2019 as well, such drills were held at all of our plants and other facilities in Japan.

Trends in the Number of Serious Accidents and Disaster

Thanks to the implementation of various disaster-prevention strengthening measures, including disaster-prevention diagnoses and training, in 2019 the Teijin Group was able to achieve the goal of zero serious accidents.

  • *A serious accident refers to explosions or fire accidents, accidents involving leakage or outflow of hazardous materials or hazardous substances, which have caused human damage (lost-time injury accidents), or have affected the local community, or have involved full-scale company-external support.
  • *Figures are calculated based on calendar years.

Occupational Safety Activities

Occupational Safety Promotion System

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 ISO 45001 and OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety management system certification. In August 2019, the Nantong Teijin Co., Ltd. acquired the “Standardization for Safe Production” certification for occupational safety management systems in China.
As of the end of March 2020, a total of 34 business sites and plants, comprising 72% of the total worksites recommended to acquire certification have acquired the occupational health and safety management system certification.

Business sites that have acquired OHSAS 18001 certification are switching as appropriate to ISO 45001. In FY2019, four sites in Japan and two overseas completed the shift.

Japan
(13 companies, 19 factories)
Teijin (Iwakuni,Matsuyama, Mihara, Mishima*ISO 45001, Ibigawa)
Teijin Frontier (Matsuyama, Gifu)
Unisel
Teijin Tedy
Hiroshima Plastic
Teijin Eco-Science (Matsuyama)
Teijin Logistics (Iwakuni)
Teijin Kosan (Ehime)
Teijin Engineering (Matsuyama, Iwakuni)
Toho Chemical Engineering & Construction (Mishima *ISO 45001, Tokushima*ISO 45001)
Toho Machinery *ISO 45001
Infocom West Japan (Matsuyama)
Overseas
(12 companies, 15 factories)
  • Netherlands: Teijin Aramid (Delfzijl, Arnhem, Emmen)
  • China: Teijin Chemicals Plastic Compounds Shanghai, Teijin
  • Polycarbonate China (Nantong Teijin Co., Ltd.,*Standardization for Safe Production)
  • Thailand: Teijin Polyester (Thailand) *ISO 45001, Teijin (Thailand),
  • Thai Namsiri Intertex (Weaving, Dyeing), Teijin Corporation (Thailand) *ISO 45001
  • Germany: Toho Tenax Europe
  • Spain: Esteve Teijin Healthcare
  • Portugal: Inapal Plasticos
  • Czech Republic: Benet*ISO 45001

Occupational Safety Promotion 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 (referring to the five Japanese words seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu, and shitsuke, which correspond to organization, tidiness, cleaning, hygiene, and discipline); the “Hiyari” or “Hatto” (meaning close call or near miss) initiative; and safety patrols. These activities from Japan are expanded as activities common to the Teijin Group including overseas group companies.

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 Aimed at Preventing Lost-Time Injuries

In FY2019 (April 2018 through March 2019), there were one lost-time injury accident related to rotors.
Prevention of entanglement in rotors (rotor-related accidents) is an ongoing issue, and when such an accident occurs, we exert all efforts to investigate the root cause at the concerned workplace and establish measures for preventing recurrence, as well as implementing countermeasures from the perspectives of both education and equipment.

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. As for equipment-centric countermeasures, we regularly confirm the status of machine safety promotion within our Group, including overseas locations, and aim to have safe equipment so that disaster can be avoided even in the case of human error.

In FY2020, with the aim of minimizing the occurrence of accidents caused by work or conduct, which account for the majority of lost-time injury accidents, we will push forward with countermeasures utilizing VR technology and particularly measures targeting inexperienced workers with limited field experience.

Moreover, the Teijin Group 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.

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 FY2019 (April-March), there was one accident that occurred in the end of December that will be subject to a special audit, and we plan to conduct the special audit for this incident in FY 2020.

State of Occurrence of Occupational Accidents

In calendar year 2019 (January-December), there were no occupational accidents resulting in death. In the past three years (2017-2019), there were no occupational accidents resulting in death.
The lost-time injury frequency rate* in 2019 was 0.22 (0.24 in Japan), meaning that we were able to achieve our target of 0.25 or less. Starting in FY2020, the Teijin Group will also consider non-lost-time injury accidents as items to be managed and work with the aim of achieving the target value of 1.0 as the frequency rate for all occupational accidents (lost-time injury accidents+non-lost-time injury accidents).

  • *Lost-time injury frequency rate: Indicates the number of lost-time injured persons per one million working hours.

Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate

  • Figures are calculated based on calendar years.
  • The abovementioned values do not include Continental Structural Plastics Inc.
  • Starting in FY2019, CSP (Continental Structural Plastics) will be included.
  • *Source: Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, Japan, Survey of Industrial Accidents.

Health and Sanitary Activities

Health Management

The Teijin Group has for many years proclaimed through its corporate philosophy both internally and externally to be a company that values employee health, and in FY2016 we declared this basic value in the form of the Teijin Group Health Management Declaration. As part of this health management initiative, we compiled and distributed the Health Management Handbook as an opportunity for each of our employees to contemplate their own health as an important issue. Strongly believing that employees are a company’s ultimate management resource, each individual company of the Teijin Group will continue to work in close collaboration to promote the creation of positive, meaningful working environments with employees who enjoy both physical and mental health.

The Teijin Group was recognized as a Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization (White 500) by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for our excellent health management. We have received this recognition four years running.

The Teijin Group Health Management Declaration

The Teijin Group believes that employees are the ultimate management resource.
We are committed to promoting the development of employees who are full of vigor and to the creation of vibrant workplaces for the sustainable growth of the company, and will continue to actively promote the mental and physical health of our employees.
At the same time, the Teijin Group strives to contribute to the health of people around the world and improve quality of life through its business activities.

(Established on June 16, 2017)

Mental Health Care Measures through Close Cooperation

Training and Education Activities with a Focus on Mental Health Care held at Individual Plants/Companies

In addition to clinics at our head office and major operation bases, the Teijin Group runs a Health Care Administration Office in our Tokyo head office. This office is a specialized organization responsible for planning and promoting Group-wide physical and mental health management measures as well as verifying the effects thereof.

Particularly in regards to mental health, Teijin has established consultation services for employees both internal and external to the company and the Health Care Administration Office provides tailored mental support under the guidance of medical specialists. In 2019, staff of the Health Care Administration Office (clinical psychologists, health nurses, nurses) and the external EAP (Employee Assistance Program) received a total of 2,416 consultations.

Furthermore, in order to promote the spread of preventive education, staff at the Health Care Administration Office regularly conduct various training sessions such as new employee self-care seminars and line-care seminars, and to date have implemented approximately 1,400 employees with such preventative mental health education on 63 separate occasions.

Implementation of a Diagnosis to Measure the “Iki-Iki” Level of Individuals and Workplaces

The Teijin Group has been diagnosing stress levels in all workplaces in Japan every year since 2003. Furthermore, in line with stress check legislation, in July 2016 it implemented the annual initiative of a diagnosis to measure the iki-iki (cheerfulness) level of individuals and workplaces. This diagnosis combines the workplace stress diagnosis with a stress diagnosis for individuals.

Those workplaces which were diagnosed as exceeding a certain level were the focus of workplace improvement activities to achieve bottom-up improvement through discussions with employees in the field. The results of the July 2019 diagnosis (an effectiveness measurement) showed that these activities had led to improvements in around 60% of the workplaces concerned.
Furthermore, from FY2019, we have been conducting briefings on how to view the results of diagnosis to measure the iki-iki (cheerfulness) level of workplaces” targeting managers and encourage each department to improve the understanding of the results of group analysis and the methods of utilizing it, and are working on promoting activities to improve the workplace environment.

Teijin will continue aiming to create cheerful and comfortable workplaces through these diagnosis and improvement activities.

Prevention and Health Promotion Measures for Health in Collaboration with Health Insurance Providers

The Teijin Group is collaborating with health insurance providers to implement a data health plan (Colla-Health) based on analysis of health data. This involves utilizing the data of individual employees held by our company and health insurance providers to roll out health insurance business narrowing down the target by risk type and deploying various health insurance businesses ranging from popular approach (approaching a particular group overall) to severe illness prevention.