Health and Safety
We are fostering occupational safety and health activities across the Group, positioning safety as the basis of all our business operations.
In fiscal 2009, management and all employees made a concerted effort to ensure health and safety to achieve zero work accidents, focusing on (1) KY and 2S, (2) essential safety of machinery and facilities, (3) safety and health education, and (4) promotion of mental and physical health. As a result, we were able to achieve zero lost-time injuries.
To further reduce occupational safety risks, we studied what kind of occupational health and safety management system we should build and actually launched one in fiscal 2010. In addition, we formulated a basic health and safety policy for the entire Fujikura Group. Our sites formulate and implement their own health and safety plans according to the basic policy and also based on the annual health and safety action policy set by the Group for each fiscal year.
Policies for fiscal 2011 safety and health activities
At the beginning of a new fiscal year and during the national safety week, all employees attend a safety meeting held at their sites, where the head of the site announces the site's commitment to ensuring safety and to raising employees' safety awareness. In particular during the national safety week, directors visit the sites to read out the President's message to employees and ask them to ensure a safer working environment.
Indentifying invisible risks and implementing improvements helps create a safe working environment. Based on this recognition, we work to find out and assess any risks and hazards and so eliminate potential risks in the workplace. This process also helps raise the safety awareness of individual employees.
Risk prediction activities
To raise individual employee's awareness of risks and prevent human errors, we incorporate KY (kiken yochi) risk prediction training into the small-group activities conducted daily at our workplaces. In the training, employees discuss how to identify and deal with potential risks in their daily business operations.
Inspecting delivery vehicles and education for drivers
In addition to inspecting our delivery vehicles on a daily and regular basis, we also carry out one-time checks on their inspection and maintenance status. We use simulations to provide employees with opportunities to experience the risks caused by sudden braking, abrupt steering changes, and other dangerous operations to raise their ability to predict and avoid risks.
Education for inexperienced employees
Using reference materials on behavior that might cause safety risks while working, we provide employees with one-to-one education at our workplaces. As a follow-up, our health and safety staff visit the workplace to check on the effectiveness of the education and provide advice as required.
Many employees who drive to the workplace are given traffic safety tips by fellow employees working in rotation both on the premises and at the entrance to the parking lot during morning commuting hours. Specifically, they are given advice on use of seatbelts, turn signals, parking lot approach speeds, etc.
We give managers and supervisors training on mental health problems, including the symptoms, causes, early detection methods, and how to respond to employees suffering these problems.
We give employees access to our industrial doctor and health experts at the clinic and arrange for them to talk to industrial counselors, while ensuring privacy.
We provide employees with regular physical checkups so that they can maintain their health based on knowledge on health risks and disease. These checkups not only cover the health check items designated by law, but also special checks that Fujikura has added for early detection of lifestyle-related diseases. Employees who pose a high health risk are provided with the necessary advice. These measures help employees avoid being ill and maintain their health.
Introducing an OSHMS
In fiscal 2009, Fujikura employees in charge of workplace safety at each of our sites began looking at how to implement an occupational safety and health management system (OSHMS) in order to reduce the risk of labor accidents. We launched the system in fiscal 2010 and are continually introducing organizational safety and health activities.