Occupational Safety Activities
We have been conducting various safety activities for prevention of accidents besides recurrence prevention. Aiming at establishment of safety culture from the viewpoint of “personnel”, “object”, “mechanism”, we are taking the initiative to give the first priority to safety.
Toward Elimination of Occupational Accidents
In fiscal 2016, the total number of accidents was 9 (fiscal 2015 : 13 cases), and the total frequency rate was 0.74.
One out of the 9 cases was the accident requiring leave from work (fiscal 2015 : 1 case). In this case, the employee suffered cut-wound accident, whose hand injured with sharp part of the jig. The total number of accidents and those related to a part of the equipment in operation which are likely to cause the serious risk results in reduced tendency. We will continue to take the lead in “safety observation”, “pointing and calling”, and “on-the-spot risk prediction” for practically doing away with occupational accidents. In fiscal 2015, the total number of accidents involved with temporary workers was 4. We took countermeasures by preparing education materials in Japanese, English, and
Portuguese in collaboration with temporary employment agencies for enhancing safety and health education. As the consequence of our efforts, no accident that the temporary worker involved in occurred in fiscal 2016.
Risk Assessment (RA) Initiatives
The risk assessment (RA) is the core activity of our occupational safety and health management system (OSHMS). Since 2013, we have reviewed the RA, directing us to take the approach for evaluating diverse potential risks resulting from workplace equipment, chemical substances, and work, which have been derived from detailed research. At present, we are in the transitional stage from research/evaluation phase to the RM (risk management) phase. The RM gives priorities to the potential risks researched/evaluated by RA for taking hardware/software countermeasures (residual risk management). The staff from the Environment & Safety Management Department performs resolution of uncertainties and follows up progress for workplaces by conducting individual inspections. In accordance with the trend of strengthened regulations, we have reviewed the new approach for evaluating chemical substances.
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Utilization of chemical substance management system
Recently, the regulations on management of chemical substances has been increasingly severe, demanding us to strengthen the chemical substance management system. We have updated the chemical substance management system to cope with demands of society. The updated system allows more efficient in-house application of SDS (Safety Data Sheet), and makes management items on the workplace easy understandable. We have incorporated the chemical substance RA function to the system.
Improvement of Working Environment
We conduct working environment measurements based on laws and regulations, targeting workplaces that handle chemical substances and workplaces subject to significant dust pollution and severe noise.
Plants and operational sites that have been classified in the second or third management category are especially encouraged to implement effective solutions so that they can be reclassified in the first management category.
We also take measures to prevent cases of heat stroke in the summer by measuring the humidity and temperature in hot workplaces, encouraging an adequate intake of water and salt, providing cooling gear and the like. In our offices, we appropriately control the level of lighting, temperature and humidity to ensure that the environment is suited to the work. In winter, we install humidifiers to help prevent the spread of colds and influenza. Continuously engaging in the activities under the “STOP! Falls Project” being run by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, labor and management united as a company to promote activities aimed at eliminating falls, including coping with fall hazard areas and separating pedestrians and vehicles, obtaining input and countermeasures through the themes at workplace meetings, and raising awareness.
Enhancement of Education and Enlightenment
We provide safety education to match each organizational level, including safety and health education for new employees, third-year employees, tenth-year employees, leaders, subsection chiefs and managers.
We also hold a safety, health and environment conference at each plant every year as an awareness-raising activity for all employees. During the conference, we work to raise employees’ awareness of safety and health through such means as introducing safety and health initiatives and providing experiences with risk simulators.
We distribute the “Handbook for Safety and Health Management” to all employees as a tool for building a safety culture at NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Reading through the handbook and other uses of it in each workplace translate into safe conduct by individual employees. Managers and supervisors on the workplace also carry out workplace patrols, risk prediction and share examples of Hiyari-Hatto (near misses), acting as the leaders of workplace safety and health management. The status of these workplace activities is confirmed through internal audits and other means.
Safety and Health Education and Training in Safety Training Dojo
In order to provide education with a policy of believing that cultivating the sensitivity of employees to be aware of risks avoids accidents, we established the Safety Training Dojo in part of the Monozukuri Training and Education Center in March 2013.
Utilizing 34 kinds of simulation equipment, employees of NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. and group companies virtually experience about accident risk and the circumstances in which they occur through simulations of industrial accidents that are difficult to communicate verbally such as pinching or entanglement with accident
scenarios that could happen in the workplace.
In fiscal 2016, about 3000 participants experienced the program.
In fiscal 2017, we built the virtual reality simulation equipment focusing on fall/overturn prevention, and introduced the education intended to prevent the occupational accidents, placing importance on behavior.
Standing sentry for observance of rules led by Safety and Health Committee
The Safety and Health Committee promotes standing sentry for appealing observance of rules as an activity aiming at a safe and secure human resources and workplaces.
The standing sentry especially places the importance on “pointing and calling”. In the premise of the plant of our company, the “pointing and calling” stickers are put on the points at the places such as pedestrian crossings. At the place with the stickers, those who stand sentry demonstrate “pointing and calling” to encourage the co-workers to apply such action to their actual work. Initially, some of them seemed to be passive about the “pointing and calling” action. However, the idea of the action has been gradually spread and established amongthe employees through practice of standing sentry. We will further promote the “pointing and calling” to be the foundation for the safe and health activities as it is effective for reducing errors and leading to prevention of occupational accidents.