Accident Prevention and Occupational Health and Safety

Forging Strong Ties with Local Communities while Building a Positive, Safe, Accident-free Workplace

Recognizing that safety is the basis for its business activities, Tokuyama practices safety as the first step to maintaining good relations with the communities in which it operates. Based on this approach, the Company carries out stringent accident prevention measures and occupational health and safety initiatives in its efforts to create a positive and safe work environment that is free of accidents.

Tokuyama’s Commitment to Safety and Accident Prevention

≫ Comprehensive Safety and Accident-Prevention Measures

Tokuyama has adopted three principles for ensuring safety: fulfill the obligations of a good corporate citizen, give safety priority over all business activities, and ensure that everyone is aware of their responsibilities and acts accordingly. Based on these basic safety principles, the Company carries out exhaustive measures for ensuring safety in manufacturing activities and at its facilities. Specifically, worksites conduct safety patrol operations and kiken yochi hazard prediction activities, practice the 5S principles, and use a point-and-call method for affirming onsite conditions. The Company is also working to improve its safety management system in order to prevent problems and accidents.

Fiscal 2016 Company-Wide Safety Management Policy

≫ Disaster Preparedness Drills

Tokuyama has also carried out various training activities. These include disaster drills for pipe leaks and fires caused by an earthquake, emergency drills at individual company divisions, joint drills involving affiliated companies and contractors, and workplace safety competitions.
In 2016, to prepare against the possibility of a Tokyo inland earthquake, the Tokyo Head Office was designated as the disaster response headquarters and the Tokuyama Factory as the crisis response headquarters in the event an earthquake. The Company conducted drills for initiating its business continuity plan (BCP).

≫ Maintaining Occupational Safety and Eliminating Accidents

Tokuyama experienced no accidents in fiscal 2016. In terms of occupational accidents, the Tokuyama Factory recorded one accident that required a work absence and two accidents without work absences, while the Kashima Factory and Tsukuba Research Laboratory recorded no accidents. Contractors at the Tokuyama Factory recorded two occupational accidents that required work absences. The Company will continue implementing safety initiatives in an effort to eliminate all accidents.

Tokuyama’s Commitment to Occupational Health and Safety

≫ Improving Safety Management Systems

All of Tokuyama’s worksites conduct risk assessments covering operations, equipment, and processes, and continuously implement and make improvements in order to completely eliminate potential risks. In fiscal 2014, the Company improved safety management systems to ensure that every phase, from planning to result, is fully managed.
The Company also strengthened its reporting on near-miss accidents and incorporated identified issues in its new risk assessments, and is now addressing these issues.
In light of the serious accidents in recent years involving explosions and fires at chemical plants, Tokuyama has begun revising its risk assessment methods to take into consideration non-routine tasks (including unusual situations), since most of these accidents happened during irregular operations, such as facility maintenance work or emergency shutdowns and startups.

≫ Helping Contractors Promote Health and Safety

Tokuyama and its contractors carry out the following initiatives to promote health and safety: (1) joint safety meetings for safety education and information sharing on situations on the production floor; (2) safety patrols to ensure safe construction work and to improve unsafe situations; (3) supervisory skills training, and hazard simulation training to improve risk handling techniques; and (4) checking of operating procedures, and implementation of kiken yochi hazard prediction activities.

≫ Promoting Sound Physical and Mental Health

At worksites where harmful substances are handled, Tokuyama ensures that local exhaust ventilation is kept in proper working order, and has maintained its Working Environment Control Class I* certification.
To raise health awareness among employees, Tokuyama has its employees take part in a monthly Smart Life Program activity, which involves the filling out of a health improvement self-evaluation. In addition, Tokuyama provides its employees with one-on-one health counseling that incorporates the results of medical checkups.
As for mental health, the Company carries out Web-based diagnostic surveys of work-related stress for all employees, and provides support to employees who appear to need further attention.

Comparison of Accident Frequency Rates Comparison of Accident Severity Rates Expenditures for Accident Prevention and Occupational Health and Safety

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