Occupational Safety and Health Promotion
Under its corporate philosophy, the “Tsubaki Spirit”, the Tsubaki Group has adopted safety and quality as its highest priorities in its Code of Conduct, and works to prevent work-related accidents and maintain and enhance the health of its employees as a Monozukuri company. In February 2009, the Group established the Tsubaki Group Health and Safety Committee, which advances activities aimed at enhancing health and safety throughout the Group.
Basic Health and Safety Policy
Safety is our highest priority. We will aim to achieve workplaces where employees can work with peace of mind.
- Creation of safe workplaces
- Establishment of safe manufacturing
- Development of employees who take action
Safety Management System
The Group has established the Tsubaki Group Health and Safety Committee to supervise health and safety activities for the Group as a whole. The committee formulates the Health and Safety Activities Plan while its Secretariat confirms the status of safety activities at each business location.
We promote ongoing safety activities based on the following three pillars.
(1) Risk management: Promotion of risk assessment to preemptively avoid serious accidents
(2) Equipment and work environment maintenance: Development and operation of machinery and equipment safety guidelines that aim to bring out the intrinsic safety of machinery
(3) Employee development: Cultivation of safety-oriented people with advanced safety awareness and sensitivity
Occupational Safety and Health Initiatives
In February 2020, the Tsubaki Group Health and Safety Committee established a Basic Health and Safety Policy and Health and Safety Management Regulations to promote health and safety activities throughout the entire group. In FY 2020 we began to disseminate the Basic Health and Safety Policy within the Tsubaki Group. We also began operating the Health and Safety Management Regulations that form the basis of our health and safety management system. Specifically, the Basic Policy aims for:
—focusing on serious accidents and promoting risk assessment and activities for preemptively avoiding serious accidents
—creating and promulgating equipment safety guidelines
—Enhancing safety education for employees involved in manufacturing
The Basic Health and Safety Policy has also been translated into English, Chinese, Thai, and Spanish, allowing it to be thoroughly understood on a global basis.
Activities in FY 2019
Activities for Preemptively Avoiding Serious Accidents
The Group carried out health and safety activities in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, with one of its highest priorities being activities for preemptively avoiding serious accidents.
The Group focused on accidents in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020 that involved employees getting trapped or caught in machinery by carrying out risk assessments of hazardous areas and implementing countermeasures. The results of an analysis of past accidents and safety patrols revealed that the overwhelming majority of accidents in the Group, which operates in the machinery manufacturing industry, involved employees getting trapped or caught in machinery. Accordingly, the Group focused on this type of accident with the aim of eliminating it. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, we identified 151 such accidents in the Group as a whole and conducted risk assessments. In this way, we are promoting improvement activities in a planned manner.
In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020 we began determining the number of accidents at our global bases and sharing examples of accidents and best practices as part of our global occupational health and safety activities. Guided by the basic approach that safety is the top priority, we launched global occupational health and safety activities with the aim of eliminating accidents globally, despite the difficulties of different laws at different bases.
Revision of the Basic Health and Safety Policy and the Health and Safety Management Regulations
The Tsubaki Group had established a Health and Safety Philosophy and a Basic Health and Safety Policy, but it integrated and revised them into a new Basic Health and Safety Policy, which is simple and easy to understand. Further, although health and safety activities were being carried out at each workplace, the Group’s policies, objectives, and operational details of its plans had not been collected in one place, and so took the occasion to put them down in writing as Health and Safety Management Regulations. This has created the foundation for the Tsubaki Group’s health and safety management system, enabling the systematic follow-up and checking of activities.
Promotion of Health and Productivity Management
Maintenance and improvement of health is the driving force that enables employees to work positively and vigorously.
To promote health, we implement regular health checkups and special health examinations as well as health checks in collaboration with industrial physicians, health management staff, and managers for employees who work long hours to prevent disease and strengthen early detection activities.
To support mental health, we regularly implement education on mental health for employees and supervisors. We have strengthened initiatives toward disease prevention and early treatment by establishing a consultation service operated by dedicated staff. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, we launched a stress check for all employees of Tsubaki Group companies in Japan. We are also expanding and improving mental healthcare activities such as conducting follow-up meetings with employees not only when they join the company but also in their third year of employment.