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 operates a safety management policy and actively implements safety initiatives as a good corporate citizen.
・Implement safety initiatives involving all employees, under the leadership of upper management. ・Comply with laws, regulations, and internal rules. ・Foster and enhance a culture of safety, for the safety of people, facilities, and the public. ・ Create comfortable workplaces to ensure the mental and physical health of the people who work there.
Fiscal 2019 Tokuyama Safety Management Objectives and Key Action Items
■ No compliance violations
■ No accidents or disasters
■ Reduce the rate of work absences
Key Action Items
《Improve safety management》 ・Raise hazard awareness, improve change management, enhance hazard prediction (kiken yochi) activities, encourage use of IoT and big data 《Identify sources of risks and resolve》 ・Conduct risk assessments for irregular operations, respond to risk assessments for chemical substances and implement improvements 《Make progress in risk management and hazard management》 ・Prepare for response to a potential major earthquake 《Promote facilities management》 ・Enhance management of older facilities, expand efforts to identify facilities risks 《Promote physical and mental health》
Comparison of Accident Frequency Rates*1
*1 As an indicator of the frequency of industrial accidents, the accident frequency rate is calculated as the number of workers forced to miss work due to an industrial accident per one million cumulative working hours.
Comparison of Accident Severity Rates*2
*2 As an indicator of the magnitude of industrial accidents that have occurred, the accident severity rate is calculated as the number of lost work days due to industrial accidents per 1,000 cumulative working hours.
Expenditures for Accident Prevention and Occupational Health and Safety
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 the safety management system of the Tokuyama Factory, the Company works to identify and eliminate hazards by assessing risks in work, facilities and processes. Tokuyama also strives to stop unsafe behavior by conducting studies into behavioral characteristics. As part of occupational health and safety activities, worksites carry out basic safety activities, including safety patrol, kiken yochi hazard prediction, and near-miss activities.
Disaster Preparedness Drills
Tokuyama has 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. The Company has also conducted drills for initiating its business continuity plan (BCP) in the scenario of a Tokyo inland earthquake by designating the Tokyo Head Office as the disaster response headquarters and the Tokuyama Factory as the crisis response headquarters.
Disaster Preparedness Drills at Tokuyama Factory
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
To raise health awareness among employees, Tokuyama has its employees take part in a Smart Life Program activity, which involves monthly establishment, self-management and assessment of weight goals, etc. Tokuyama is also working to reduce the rate of work absences by offering counseling for improving health based on medical checkups. As for mental health, the Company is practicing early intervention, including diagnostic surveys of work-related stress for all employees and better measures such as consultation services available outside the Company.