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Fujikura Group CSR Report 2013
[ISO 26000 Core Subject] Human Rights and Labour Practices

Occupational Safety and Health Activities

Fujikura Group Basic Principles for Safety and Health

Safety is the basis of all our business operations. The Fujikura Group’s management and all its employees will conduct business operations giving first priority to safety and legal compliance, thereby creating safe and comfortable workplaces and fostering their own mental and physical health.

We are fostering occupational safety and health activities across the Group, positioning safety as the basis of all our business operations.

In fiscal 2012, 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 in fiscal 2011 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.

Work Accidents


Factories of Fujikura Electronics (Thailand) won the highest prize at the Zero Accident Campaign

On September 3, 2012, the Lamphun Factory and the second Navanakorn Factory of Fujikura Electronics (Thailand) Ltd. (FETL) were both awarded a Gold prize, and the Prachinburi Factory (P1) was awarded a Silver prize at the Zero Accident Campaign 2012 held by the Thai Ministry of Labour. It is notable that the Lamphun Factory has the longest safety performance record in Thailand with 70.33 million man-hours with zero accidents. These awards are the fruit of the education fostered by the FETL safety committee to raise employees’ safety awareness as well as the accident prevention and KYT activities conducted with the participation of all employees. Encouraged by this commendation, FETL will further increase the safety awareness of all employees to continue its record of zero accidents.

Ms. Kanita received the award from the Minister of Labour

Ms. Kanita received the award from the Minister of Labour

Award-winning employees of FETL

Award-winning employees of FETL

Certificate of merit

Certificate of merit

Major Activities

Safety meetings

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.

Risk assessment

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.

Traffic safety

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.

Mental health

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.

Physical health

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.

Health promotion program

Fujikura Ltd. took one more step forward from its conventional health promotion activities and launched a health promotion program for all employees to manage their health and prevent diseases by learning about disease risks and ways to check their health status. This program is designed to help employees foster their health to improve their quality of life (QOL) and productivity, which will in turn help the company decrease labor accidents and create workplaces where employees work vigorously.

Under the program developed by Fujikura, employees use a pedometer equipped with a user identification function to count their steps every day. In addition, by using the body composition monitor (to measure weight, muscle mass, amount of fat, etc.) and the blood-pressure meter installed at their workplaces, they can check for physical changes to better manage their health. In addition, simplified measuring instruments are available for employees who feel uneasy about their physical health. Using these instruments, they can easily check their fatigue level, state of sleep, blood and urine glucose levels and other parameters. On their personal web pages, employees can check their past measurement data and health trends in the form of graphs, etc., and they are also provided with information that will help them lead healthy lives, including the results of their regular health examinations and the latest health-related news. A walk rally was recently held as part of the program and to help employees maintain their health in an enjoyable way. Many employees participated, making a virtual walking tour of Italy, and those who finished the course were given Italian-inspired goods as prizes. Fujikura will continue to improve this health promotion program to help employees foster their health in a positive manner.

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Introducing an OSHMS

In fiscal 2009, we began to examine the introduction of an occupational safety and health management system (OSHMS) in order to conduct occupational safety and health activities continuously in an organized manner, and have actively been introducing this system since fiscal 2010. Since then, each site has been monitoring progress, reviewing details, and raising member awareness of the system. In fiscal 2011, we executed a PDCA cycle to implement additional measures for the system. At present, we are working to introduce this system across the Fujikura Group.

Traffic safety seminars

As one of the many traffic safety week activities, our sites hold traffic safety seminars for employees, inviting traffic officers from local police departments as lecturers. Participants in these seminars raise their awareness of traffic safety by listening to the lecturers, watching DVDs and gaining experience from "virtual traffic accidents." The seminars help increase the safety awareness of employees who drive during their commute to work or for their business operations.

Conducting emergency drills in preparation for large earthquakes

Our sites conduct emergency drills based on the lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake. Each site independently conducts drills on effective evacuation, employing their individual geographic features to predict the damage that might be caused by a future earthquake. These sites will continue to conduct such drills on a regular basis.

Emergency drill at the Head Office

Emergency drill at the Sakura Plant

The Sakura Plant provided employees with training for primary, secondary and tertiary evacuations against an earthquake with a seismic intensity of upper 5, in which all employees learned how to make emergency reports from each department to the headquarters regarding the safety of the staff and the damage caused to the facilities. Also, as voluntary training, about 700 employees experienced the effects of smoke via a smoke simulator provided by the local fire department.

Emergency drill at the Numazu Plant

The Numazu Plant provides employees with annual training against large earthquakes, such as the mega-quake that is predicted to hit the Tonankai area in the near future. Specifically, based on the earthquake damage control plan made for the Numazu district, employees receive training to learn how to ensure their own safety, prevent fires, protect the facilities and prevent secondary damage to local communities. The plant is located near Suruga Bay and is 8.5 m above sea level. The plant has therefore added the damage that might be caused by tsunamis to the list of risks as well as in the emergency drill items. In fiscal 2012, the plant provided employees with practical evacuation training on seeking shelter in the upper floors of the building closest to their place of work.

Prevention of secondary damage

Prevention of secondary damage

Emergency drill at the Suzuka Plant

The Suzuka Plant provided employees with comprehensive training against large earthquakes, in which participants learned how to give first aid to the injured and how to use a fire extinguisher. The in-house fire team conducted a joint water discharge exercise with the Suzuka Minami fire department.

Emergency drill at the Suzuka Plant