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Management of Occupational Health and Safety

ESH Basic Policy and Management Targets

The Nabtesco Group performs environmental, safety and health (ESH) activities in accordance with the basic policy and targets shown in the table. The ESH activities pertain to Nabtesco and all its group companies (including its partner companies located on the same premises) and have established the Group ESH Committee under the direct control of the CEO as an organization led by the whole group.

Item Description
ESH basic policy Always make safety the first priority based on the principle of respect for human life:
Safety is a basic requirement for business activities
It is a responsibility of the entire production line:
Each employee is responsible for him/herself and his/her co-workers
ESH should be a built-in operation:
ESH = Integrated with your ordinary job
Targets Environment: Zero cases of environmental problems
Safety: Zero cases of industrial accidents
Accident prevention: Zero cases of explosions or fire
Health: Zero cases of occupational diseases
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Occupational Health and Safety Management System (Acquisition of OHSAS 18001 certification)

Because the Gifu Plant, Tarui Plant and Tsu Plant place a greater emphasis on processes than other plants, they have received OHSAS 18001 certification and are utilizing the certificate for the establishment and operation of the occupational safety and health management system. In addition, through the annual audit that is carried out by the certification agency, the plants are working to improve their levels of occupational safety and health.

We will continue our active safety management through risk assessments, aiming to foster a safety mindset in each workplace, further improve the quality of newcomer education and enhance the risk sensitivity improvement education to promote the development of a workplace with zero disasters.

Plants certified under the occupational safety and health management system
  Certified according to:
Aerospace company,
Gifu Plant
OHSAS18001
Power control company,
Tarui Plant
OHSAS18001
Precision equipment company,
Tsu Plant
OHSAS18001
  • * OHSAS 18001 Acquisition ratio is 35%. (FY 2017)
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Activities

The Nabtesco Group complies with the Industrial Safety and Health Act and other related laws to create a safe working environment.

We have established a safety and health management framework in each office, allocated a manager of safety and health as well as a person in charge of safety management to take a variety of measures, such as periodic health examinations and industrial doctors’ visits to the workplace. In addition, we hold the Safety and Health Committee monthly to report on accidents and disasters and perform safety patrols. We are constantly taking measures to prevent accidents and carry out safety awareness improvement activities.
In FY2017, the risks of chemical materials were diagnosed at all Nabtesco Corporation plants. The purpose of the diagnosis was to understand the current situation of the chemical materials and devices to be used at the plants and thoroughly remove the risks of chemical materials. We are taking action against items that were pointed out as being insufficiently managed and performing activities to thoroughly remove the risks of chemical materials.

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Incidence of Occupational Accidents

No fatal accidents involving employees (incl. temporary staff) have taken place in the Nabtesco Group in the past five years, but one suicide due to overwork happened at the consolidated subsidiary Nabco Door in January 2014.

In October 2017, the Higashi-Osaka Labor Standards Inspection Office recognized the incident as an occupational accident (death from overwork), in response to which we retroactively revised our occupational accident incidence (frequency rate) data for March 2014. Preventing any recurrence of this error is a major managerial task, so the group as a whole is taking measures to reduce the workload per person by increasing the number of employees and implementing more thorough education for managers.

While the occupational accident incidence (frequency rate) is showing a downward trend, we have yet to reach our goal of “zero occupational accidents.” As such, we are working to “create a safety culture” and further increase safety awareness.

Occupational accident incidence (frequency rate)
Occupational accident incidence (frequency rate)
  • *The overall industry and manufacturing average data were published in Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, “2017 Occupational Accident Trend Survey.”
  • *The figures showing FY2015 results were produced by setting the period as January–December 2015 and calculating it as twelve months.
  • *When the Higashi-Osaka Labor Standards Inspection Office recognized the incident as an occupational accident (death from overwork) in October 2017, the occupational accident incidence (frequency rate) data for March 2014 (FY2013 in this graph) was retrospectively revised.
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Creating a Safety Culture

At the Nabtesco Group, we have been working to create a safety culture since FY2017 and to build a safety culture unique to Nabtesco.

These activities are composed of the four measures of “STOP3 activities,” “a stratified safety education system,” “safety model workplaces,” and “environmental safety fora.” Through these, we aim for “zero occupational accidents” by building an “organization” that can create a safety culture.

Activities to create a safety culture
Measure Contents
STOP3 activities Especially reinforcing measures dealing with the three causes cutting/bruising, getting caught/dragged into, and falling/tumbling, which make up about 80% of causes of occupational accidents leading to shutdowns in the past three years
Stratified safety education system By conducting safety education at existing manufacturing sites as well as at the managerial level, safety awareness can take hold among individuals without differences between workplaces and divisions
Safety model workplaces One workplace per factory is selected for especially focused reinforcement of safety education and measures. We will analyze the effects of this initiative and expand the contents to other locations while fine-tuning it
Environmental safety fora Once a year, we invite experts for a seminar and report the results of the safety model workplaces
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Education and Public Outreach on Health and Safety

We convene a Safety Practitioner Liaison Group twice a year, sharing information about safety within the whole business group, reinforcing and expanding safety patrols at each business location, conducting hazard prediction training to increase hazard recognition, making near-miss suggestions, doing public outreach on safety, etc.

  Times held Participants
Safety Practitioner Liaison Group 2 times/year 50 total
Safety Manager Training 1 time 18
Safety Youth Training 1 time 24
Health and safety education in FY2017
Safety Practitioner Liaison Group Safety Practitioner Liaison Group
Safety Manager Training Safety Manager Training
Safety Youth Training Safety Youth Training

We conduct safety education using a variety of tools like booklets and videos, but we also sought to expand the educational contents in FY2017 by introducing hazard experience devices. Moreover, we also conducted public outreach activities and put up posters with “STOP3” contents in conjunction with the National Safety Week and the National Industrial Health Week in FY2017.

We are also committed to ensuring the safety of our employees in case of accidents or disasters during commutes by holding traffic safety classes, placing safety monitors, posting hazard maps, conducting traffic hazard prediction training, etc.

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Disaster Prevention Initiatives

At the Nabtesco Group, we systematically strengthen our factory buildings to withstand potential earthquakes. Moreover, in addition to conducting general disaster drills, we also conduct night drills, earthquake drills, and BCP initial-response drills at some of our plants, and we plan to expand this in the future.

In FY2017, we conducted fire risk evaluations at all Nabtesco Corporation factories. The aim was to understand what emergency facilities and fire prevention management are in place at each factory and thoroughly eliminate all fire risks. We are looking into measures to deal with instances where management was deemed insufficient and are rectifying the situation according to order of priority. We will continue to work to thoroughly eliminate all fire risks.

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Evaluation of Safety and Health Risks Associated with New Businesses and Projects

The Nabtesco Group conducts risk assessments relating to ESH in each stage from research and development to product design, production, distribution/sales, use of products and disposal. The Group makes it mandatory to assess safety and health risks associated with new businesses, product development, production/manufacturing (new construction/addition of factories/facilities), M&A and other new projects and to report the assessment results before implementation. In FY2017, we conducted ESH risk assessments of nine businesses and projects.

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Health Management

Efforts to Eliminate Mental Health Problems

Joint meeting held by the Personnel Department, nurses and the Health Insurance Society Joint meeting held by the Personnel Department, nurses and the Health Insurance Society

For a corporation to achieve a growth, it is essential that it have a physically and mentally healthy workforce that can drive the organization forward. We have two nurses in residence to provide counseling as needed to employees experiencing mental health problems and help them return to work. For employees whose workload is considered high, the nurses monitor their mental health through regular interviews. In order to promote the mental health of employees in a more proactive way, we also host various seminars and lecture events on a regular basis as well as run the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which is available to employees on overseas assignment and their family members.

In line with the revised Industrial Safety and Health Act, in FY2016 we conducted stress checks for the first time. The rate of employees who received the check in FY2017 was 94.5% (increased by 1.1% YoY), which was five points higher than the average stress check recipient rate among companies conducting the test, according to the tabulation by a test outsourcer. The stress check revealed that 12.9% of our employees have a high level of stress, which is 2.9 points higher than average. We will work to improve our workplace environments by making physicians available for consultation and conducting follow-up measures, thereby reducing the rate of employees with a high level of stress to less than 10%.

Countermeasures against Lifestyle Diseases

Improving the lifestyles of employees who are suffering or at risk of metabolic syndrome, one of the causes of lifestyle-related diseases, is important not only for safeguarding the health of those employees but also for reducing future medical costs.

We oblige employees found by physical examination to have a high risk of brain or heart disease to receive health guidance. We also impose certain restrictions on overtime and holiday work hours of such employees. The Nabtesco Group is committed to raising its employees’ health awareness and improving their actual health status through ensuring workplace environments are conducive to supporting employees with health risks and using labor-management meetings as opportunities for regularly reporting the implementation status of health guidance and working hour restrictions.

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Because the Gifu Plant, Tarui Plant and Tsu Plant place a greater emphasis ...

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Management of Occupational Health and Safety

Activities

The Nabtesco Group complies with the Industrial Safety and Health Act and o...

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Management of Occupational Health and Safety

Incidence of Occupational Accidents

No fatal accidents involving employees (incl. temporary staff) have taken p...

Focusing on Employees’ Growth and Development
Management of Occupational Health and Safety

Creating a Safety Culture

At the Nabtesco Group, we have been working to create a safety culture sinc...

Focusing on Employees’ Growth and Development
Management of Occupational Health and Safety

Education and Public Outreach on Health and Safety

We convene a Safety Practitioner Liaison Group twice a year, sharing inform...

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Management of Occupational Health and Safety

Disaster Prevention Initiatives

At the Nabtesco Group, we systematically strengthen our factory buildings t...

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Evaluation of Safety and Health Risks Associated with New Businesses and Projects

The Nabtesco Group conducts risk assessments relating to ESH in each stage ...

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