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Responsible Care Initiatives

Occupational Safety and Health Initiatives

Toward achieving the target of zero industrial injuries, we implement activities to ensure occupational safety and health, including improving the working environment, reducing risk factors, and creating pleasant workplaces.

Ensuring Continuous Improvement of Occupational Safety and Health

We have been continuously improving our occupational safety and health based mainly on our Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS). In addition, we are striving to reduce industrial injuries by systematically implementing various basic safety initiatives, including "kiken yochi (KY)" risk prediction, “hiyari hatto” near miss and "5S" campaigns, as well as by conducting a variety of education and training courses.

Risk assessment

In accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Management System, we have been undertaking Task Risk assessment to reduce or eliminate the sources of risks. Moreover, we are systematically implementing risk assessments for chemicals handled at each workplace and working to decrease risks.

Basic safety initiatives

In an effort to prevent industrial injuries, we are committed to daily safety initiatives targeting work-related risks. Specifically, we remain focused on our kiken yochi (KY) or “risk prediction” campaign before work, our hiyarihatto practice of collecting reports on "close-call" incidents, and our "5S" campaign in the workplace. To maintain and enhance sensitivity to danger, we conduct KY training and KY workshops on a periodic basis, with the aim of improving the level of our daily safety activities. We are also working to familiarize ourselves with basic safety behavior: (1) Think before you act; (2) Pointing and calling; and (3) Hold the handrail when stepping on stairs, by putting up posters and providing related education, thereby helping to prevent industrial injuries.

On-site training sessions


Operator training course

Aiming to improve sensitivity to risks hidden in plant operations, we offer hands-on training in skills such as flange disassembly and reassembly, and ascending and descending rope ladders, as well as an operator training course for young operators.

Occurrence of industrial injuries

In fiscal 2019, we experienced two injuries with loss of workdays and six injuries without loss of workdays. Our contractors experienced one injury with loss of workdays and five injuries without loss of workdays.
In recent years, industrial injuries have occurred frequently among young workers at Nippon Shokubai, while they have occurred frequently among less-experienced workers at our contractors.
We are therefore enhancing safety education for young or lessexperienced workers to raise their safety awareness.

Trends in Frequency Rate of Injuries with Loss of Workdays* Frequency rate: The number of casualties in industrial injuries per million working hours
1) Source: “Survey on Industrial Accidents” by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Trends in total number of industrial injuries(with loss of workdays and without loss of workdays)

Addressing the health issues of company retirees

Since our company was established, we have never manufactured products containing asbestos; however, we have used insulation and sealing materials that contained asbestos.
For this reason, we support our retirees by offering consultations on health issues and providing health check-ups to those who request them. Information regarding these services is posted on our website.

Definitions

KY Campaign (risk prediction campaign)
This campaign is intended to prevent injuries by highlighting, at meetings before work, the risk factors (unsafe behaviors and unsafe conditions) that remain hidden in work practices and by implementing measures to address them.
Near miss (hiyari hatto, HH)
Even where no accidents have occurred in day-to-day operations, we monitor workers’ experiences of "near misses" or "scares" in order to clarify why such events occur and how we can avoid them. From the results, we can adopt safety measures applicable to both facilities and actions.
5S Campaign
This campaign promotes the 5 “S” practices, which can be translated as sort, set in order, shine, standardize and sustain.