Employees’ Safety and Health

Safety and health management

Basic ideas and policies

The Showa Denko Group gives first priority to safety, and we deem it essential to ensure safety as a precondition to remain “qualified as a manufacturer,” regarding safety as the basis for our business continuity. In order to eliminate occupational accidents involving employees, we are promoting Active Safety activities*and executing a PDCA cycle to achieve zero incidents and disasters through a concerted effort of all those related, including employees of the Group and its partner companies. Also, we are preventing equipment-related incidents by appropriately managing equipment-related risks.
For employees to work vigorously with peace of mind, they need to attribute importance to their own and their families’ health. Accordingly, we will build appropriate systems and implement various measures to raise their health awareness and help them maintain and promote their health.

*Active Safety activities: Activities in which we analyze past incidents and disasters and summarize the lessons learned from them in the “Active Safety checklist,” and then make use of the list to identify related risks and as an educational material to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents

Promotion system

The Labor-Management Committee, which is composed of the president and other executives as well as representatives of the labor union, meets annually to discuss issues related to occupational health and safety. Also, in line with the Industrial Safety and Health Act of Japan, each of our sites has a safety and health committee and other organizations in place to conduct safety and health activities for employees through a concerted effort by labor and management, such as discussing the related issues and conducting workplace patrols. The administrative departments at the head office support the health and safety measures implemented by each division and site.

We have also acquired certification for occupational health and safety systems at each of our sites.

Educational system

We deem it urgently necessary to increase the safety sensitivity of managers, supervisors and workers to eliminate industrial accidents and to prevent the retirement of experienced employees and replacement of staff from resulting in any degradation in safety and environmental management at our sites. Accordingly, we make and implement annual safety education plans for each of our sites and check their learning levels. We also give support for the educational curriculum of our partner companies in a planned manner toward the elimination of industrial accidents at those companies. The following shows the details of the safety-related collective training held by the head office. Participants from each of the sites make use of what they have learned in the training for the safety activities conducted at their own workplaces.

■ Number of participants in the occupational health and safety training held by the head office in 2019
DateName of trainingTargetNo. of participants

ISO 45001 (Occupational health and safety management system) Internal auditor training

Applicants from the sites 24
April RC training for new employees New employees 62
July Labor-management safety training seminar Manufacturing department managers of the sites and head of the labor union’s branches 60
November RC training for new manufacturing section managers and others New manufacturing section managers and other managers 27
November Seminar to improve physical functioning to prevent falls Those in charge of environment and safety at the sites and other employees 16
December Exchange meeting on safety for engineering departments Engineering (maintenance) section managers of the sites 21

Occupational health and safety education—Example (1)
Labor-management safety training seminar

Briefing on risk simulation education
held at the Oyama Plant

For two days on July 24 and 25, 2019, a total of 60 people, including representatives of both labor and management from various sites of Group companies in Japan, gathered at the Oyama Plant of Showa Denko K.K. to participate in the labor-management safety training seminar. Since 2003, this seminar has been held annually at one of the sites to build workplaces where safety is given first priority based on labor-management cooperation. In 2019, the 16th round of the seminar was held as detailed below, with substantial changes being made to the details and the target.

  1. (1)Managers of the manufacturing departments of each site and executives of the labor union’s branches participated in the seminar and exchanged opinions with a view to implementing safety measures across their workplaces in reference to the good examples introduced at the seminar.
  2. (2)The training seminar used to be held mainly as a risk assessment program with a focus on the improvement of equipment and operations, but in 2019 it was held largely as a program focused on human factors behind industrial accidents in response to an increase in the frequency of accidents caused by employee behavior. In the seminar, participants shared information, including good examples as well as concerns, to learn how to analyze the human factors responsible for industrial accidents and increase employees’ safety sensitivity.
  3. (3)The training seminar provided management and labor with an opportunity to discuss issues faced by their sites before, on and after the day of the seminar to reach an agreement about the direction of the safety measures to be taken at the sites.

Occupational health and safety education—Example (2)
Seminar to improve physical functioning to prevent falls

Physical test conducted at the seminar

On November 25, 2019, we held a seminar to prevent falls for those in charge of the environment and safety at our sites, inviting a guest speaker from the Japan Industrial Safety & Health Association. We decided to hold this seminar in light of the fact that industrial accidents involving elderly employees had been showing a tendency to increase and that injuries caused by falls had been accounting for a large proportion of the total number of injuries. In the seminar, participants deepened their understanding about how to prevent the loss of physical functions due to aging from causing industrial accidents and learned how to check the level of their own physical functions through an easy physical test. We conducted this seminar again in 2020.

Occupational health and safety education—Example (3)
Mental health line care training seminar

ラインケア研修会の様子Seminar held at the plant

At the Shiojiri Plant of Showa Denko Ceramics Co., Ltd. on September 18, 2019, we held a line care training seminar for managers in the Shiojiri district by inviting a guest speaker from Cube Integration Co., Ltd. A total of 27 managers participated in the training. First, they learned about the basics of line care, and then how to respond to employees having mental problems and about different types of harassment. Subsequently, regarding the two cases introduced by the speaker, each participant considered the issues of the two cases and how to respond as a manager, shared their ideas with one another in discussion groups and proactively exchanged opinions.

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