Health & safety
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 occupational accidents and maintain and enhance the health of its employees as a Monozukuri company guided by its Basic Health and Safety Policy. 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.
The Tsubaki Group Basic Health and Safety Policies
Safety takes place above all else as we strive to create a safe work environment.
Creating a Safe Workplace, Safe Manufacturing, and a Highly Skilled Workforce
Established: February 2009
Revised: April 2020
Health and 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, and the secretariat of the Committee confirms the progress status of safety activities at each business site.
We are rolling out ongoing activities, based on the following three pillars that make up the Health and Safety Framework.
(1) Risk management: Promotion of risk assessment activities to prevent serious accidents
(2) Building/environmental maintenance: Development and implementation of machinery and equipment safety guidelines that aim to realize the fundamental safety of machinery
(3) Safety training: Cultivation of safety-oriented personnel who understand and follow basic safety protocol at all times
Occupational Health and Safety 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:
Creation of a safe workplace
—Focusing on serious accidents and promoting risk assessment and activities for preemptively avoiding serious accidents
—Promulgating equipment safety guidelines
Highly Skilled Workforce
—Producing and promulgating a Safe-Person Manual, and strengthening safety education for training Safe-Person
Versions of the Basic Health and Safety Policy have also been produced in English, Chinese, Thai, and Spanish, allowing it to be thoroughly understood on a global basis.
Revision of the Basic Health and Safety Policy and the Health and Safety Management Regulations
The Group established a Health and Safety Philosophy and a Basic Health and Safety Policy. In April 2020, 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.
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. Fueled by our core principle that safety is paramount, we are actively advancing and executing worldwide occupational health and safety initiatives with the goal of eradicating global accidents, even in the face of diverse legal frameworks at various locations.
Principal Initiatives for FY 2022
The Group is carrying out its health and safety activities based on the three pillars of preemptively avoiding serious accidents, machinery safety, and developing safe persons. In FY 2022, we focused our initiatives on understanding the Safe-Person Manual.
The Safe-Person Manual includes classifications of past accidents that have occurred at the Tsubaki Group, and a summary of the knowledge and actions to be taken to prevent any recurrence. The safety personnel at each business site actively participate in the daily morning meetings at their respective workplaces. They work diligently to enhance safety measures, focusing on the human aspect by directly engaging in activities aimed at fostering employees' safety awareness.
The goal of the Tsubaki Group’s health and safety activities is for all employees to “return home safely in the same condition that they came to the company.” “To not bring sadness to employees and their families. And to ensure employees return home safely every day.” These are the sentiments that underpin our activities to educate and train safe persons.