For the benefit of employees
Occupational safety and health
Occupational safety and health―Basic philosophy
Nagase ChemteX Corporation has adopted "defending human dignity" as our basic philosophy in all of our business activities, and we actively undertake occupational health and safety activities, and promote continuous improvement and the creation of a safe, happy, and comfortable workplace.
Occupational Health and Safety Policies
- All of our workers work together to promote a workplace that puts safety first and is free of accidents and injuries.
- We strive to remove the causes of injuries and disease from our workplace, thus creating an environment where employees can work safely and in good health.
- We adhere to all laws and regulations related to occupational health and safety, with other requirements that we have agreed to.
- We expand and execute this policy to include targets, perform periodic reviews, and implement continuous improvements to our activities and results.
- We will improve safety and health issues by discussing them with employees through the Labor-Management Council and the Safety and Health Committee.
- We introduce the appropriate management resources to effectively utilize occupational health and safety management systems.
We thoroughly disseminate this policy to all employees and subcontractors, and also publish it externally.
- We are aware that our workplace is a chemical factory that handles dangerous and harmful substances; therefore, our workers handle their responsibilities with utmost care and safety.
- We aim to eliminate or minimize health and safety risks through risk assessments and activities that curb potentially dangerous incidents.
- We conduct education and training to notify all employees of this policy and its targets and create awareness of our obligations.
- We conduct health-promoting activities that include mental health.
We are undertaking activities that provide a strong feeling of security for our employees, their families, the people who live near us, and our customers by advancing our occupational health and safety management systems to the next level.
We are thankful for your many years of sincere cooperation and look forward to your continued support in the future.
Approaches to health management
Ensuring the health and safety of its employees across all workplaces is a key responsibility for the NAGASE Group as a corporate entity.
We shall strive to construct an all-encompassing system for health management and responses to emergency situations (e.g. accidents, incidents, disasters) so that employees may be reassured that they can work safely, in the hope that all employees in our domestic and overseas workplaces, and their families, are safe and healthy.
Further, as it pertains to accident risk at production sites, we shall implement a number of measures in our health and safety activities, including implementing initiatives based on specific situations at each site, in order to prevent workplace injuries to the fullest extent. In the event that injury occurs, we shall act swiftly to respond and also use the incident as a learning opportunity, taking a variety of measures to improve our level of health and safety management.
Occupational health and safety management system: ISO 45001
Harima Plant / Sakai Plant
Nagase ChemteX Corporation aims to build a comfortable work environment that is safe both for the mind and body by giving priority above all else to the safety of people working at our company, practicing the ethos of "safety first," which is the basis of our company activities. Based on the above recognition, the Harima Plant and Sakai Plant obtained OHSAS 18001 certification on December 14, 2012, after an audit by the Japan Quality Assurance Organization. Later, when ISO 45001 was issued as an international standard, we underwent a transition audit and obtained ISO 45001 certification on November 20, 2020. We will continue to set the ideal state of the Harima Plant and Sakai Plant as our ""Basic Philosophy"" and formulate its operation as our ""Industrial Health and Safety Policy."" Based on this policy, we will clarify risks and challenges, set targets for the business site and each department, and continue our efforts to establish bright and comfortable workplaces.
Occupational health and safety initiatives
We are taking various measures to ensure occupational health and safety.
Safety experience training
Based on the spirit of safety first, we have been taking initiatives to improve the work environment and make our facilities safer. However, as the safety activities progressed, the risk factors became latent, and we were concerned that employees would have fewer dangerous experiences and become less sensitive to danger. Therefore, from the viewpoint of education to improve hazard sensitivity, we introduced hazard simulation equipment in 2015 and started hazard simulation training, which all employees must attend.
We handle a large volume of hazardous materials, particularly focusing on preventing explosions and fires. Therefore, the hazard experience training is mainly related to solvent and dust explosions, including the mechanism of static electricity generation. There are also facilities to experience being caught in rollers and other rotating objects and finger pointing and calling to educate trainees on various risk sensitivities.
After the course is completed, a curriculum is created for each year of employment, and repeated training is provided in the form of special safety training.
This hands-on training is also open to visitors from companies affiliated with the NAGASE Group and neighboring companies, contributing to improvements in the risk sensitivity of many people.
Safety and Health Committee
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, a Safety and Health Committee has been established at each business site where 50 or more employees work.
To achieve zero indsustrial accidents, we discuss various issues related to safety and health and promote workplace patrols and 5S (sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain) activities.
Commendation as an excellent fire prevention manager
Ishihara, an employee of the Harima Plant, received an award for an excellent fire prevention manager from the Tatsuno Fire Protection Association. He served as the fire prevention manager of the Harima Plant for many years. He was recognized for his efforts to raise and establish fire prevention and disaster prevention awareness within the Company.
Commendation from Fukuchiyama City's Hazardous Materials Safety Association
The Fukuchiyama Plant received an award for its proactive approach to the safety management of hazardous materials from Fukuchiyama City's Hazardous Materials Safety Association.
Received Kyoto Labor Bureau Director's Award for Excellence
The Fukuchiyama Plant received an Excellence Award for a business site related to Kyoto safety and health from the Kyoto Labor Bureau.
In addition, Tanaka, an employee of the plant, gave a lecture on safety and health initiatives at the fiscal 2018 Kyoto Safety and Health Convention.