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Initiatives for Occupational Safety and Health

The Hitachi Group has devised a Health and Safety Policy which is based on its basic philosophy of "Health and Safety Always Comes First." On this basis, the Hitachi Chemical Group has been working with all of its employees in Japan and overseas to promote initiatives to create safe and comfortable working environments.

We have established a Safety and Health Management System, set up a Safety and Health Committee at all business sites, and are promoting various measures based on discussions between employees and management on the results of surveys on the level of compliance with safety and health laws/regulations, and the reduction of workhours and workplace accidents. Furthermore, alongside promoting safety and health activities involving all employees, such as KYT (Kiken Yochi or risk prediction training), the sharing of hiyari-hatto (close-call) incidents, and improvement proposals, we are making efforts to prevent accidents/disasters through our implementation of periodic and need-basis safety and health education. Under the Company’s “My Pledge for Safety” oath that is made by each employee, which states that they practice safe acts throughout their daily duties, starting from fiscal 2015, we began an initiative in which all employees can share actions taken for potential risks. We will continue to undertake efforts to enforce safety by actively engaging in communication regarding the oath.

In the event of an accident/disaster, it will be reported promptly to management (Directors/Executive Officers) as well as transmitted—in Japanese, English, and Chinese—to every office throughout the Group via the Company’s Accident/Disaster Report Management System for the purpose of preventing the recurrence of similar incidents by sharing information.

At overseas production sites, we have held Safety Meetings to provide on-site based safety guidance, including practical KYT education (four-round method), risk assessment, and Main Points for Health and Safety and other education programs. At the same time, we are making efforts to improve the level of our safety and health standard by implementing periodic safety and health audits.

The number of lost-workday injuries at overseas production sites increased in fiscal 2017 due to the addition of new group companies, but we will reduce the number of accidents and disasters through Safety Meetings and safety and health audits.

Due to the shift toward stricter administrative concentration standard of chemical substances, the number of workplaces classified as control class III in Japan*1 is now 12 workplaces. We will continue to improve the Group’s work environment. In terms of overseas work environments, they are operating pursuant to the laws and regulations of the respective countries.

*1:
Control class III: Conditions in which the average concentration of airborne hazardous substances exceeds the administrative control level and therefore management of working environment is deemed inappropriate

Medium-and-long Term Targets in Fiscal Year 2018

Number of lost-workday Injuries (Consolidated Group Companies in Japan)
FY 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number of accidents 7 2 2 3 4
Number of Lost-workday Injuries (Overseas Production Sites)
FY 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number of accidents 10 15 23 20 40
Measurement Results of Working Environment (Control class Ⅲ)
FY 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Workplaces 14 5 6 11 12

Application of OHSAS 18001

We have acquired the OHSAS 18001 certification for occupational health and management systems at Hitachi Chemical's production sites and research centers throughout Japan. We are carrying out risk assessment based on the OHSAS 18001 to systematically and appropriately reduce and manage all risks at these sites. Additionally, we are continuing to improve our occupational health and safety management systems to reduce the risk of work-related accidents and associated management risk. We incorporate occupational health and safety targets of the entire Hitachi Chemical Group as well as common priority themes of the Group into the Occupational Health and Safety Management Plan at each site. We are also implementing chemical substance risk assessment based on the Hitachi Chemical Groupís chemical substance risk assessment guidelines to prevent accidents and disasters associated with chemical substances and reduce risks in handling chemical substances.

We have also established an Occupational Health and Safety Management System based on OHSAS 18001 at all production sites of all domestic Group companies, and have been working to continually improve these systems and performance, and promote independent health and safety programs.

Additionally, we are promoting the introduction of occupational health and safety management systems at our overseas manufacturing companies. We are committed to establishing a health and safety management structure on a global scale to prevent any incidents such as accident at work or fire and explosions.

With the publication of ISO 45001 in March 2018, we will promote the shift to ISO 45001.

Accident Frequency Rate and Severity Rate (Consolidated Group Companies in Japan)
FY 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Frequency rate 0.34 0.09 0.10 0.15 csr_check0.20
Severity rate 0.003 0.001 0.007 0.001 csr_check0.012
*1:
Frequency rate represents the number of people injured or killed due to occupational disasters per one million employee-hours worked and indicates the frequency of lost-time injuries
*2:
Severity rate represents the number of work days lost per 1,000 employee-hours worked and indicates the severity of accidents
*3:
The indicators marked with csr_checkreceive the independent assurance.

Implementation of Inspections and Training with regard to Occupational Safety and Health

Safety and Health Audits are implemented at all Hitachi Chemical Group branches in Japan once a year to check the effectiveness of our occupational health and safety management systems for continuous improvement. We provide training programs for internal auditors under the occupational health and safety management systems and regular occupational health and safety training courses at three levels (basic, supervisor and administrator). We also offer regular health and safety education programs that fit the needs of each business location. As well, we hold the Group Environmental and Safety Presentation Meeting for all Group companies every year to provide a forum for sharing information on the promotion of environmental and safety and health management.

For overseas Group companies, the Group has been conducting environmental and safety audits at each company since fiscal 2013 to maintain and improve occupational health and safety standards. We intend to strengthen our environmental and safety and health management systems even further and tackle high-priority themes common to the Hitachi Chemical Group in the future to reduce the number of accidents that occur.

The Hitachi Chemical Group issues 10 Safety Principles and Main Points for Health and Safety, which form the basis of our health and safety management, to meet safety and health targets, including compliance with the Industrial Safety and Health Law and application of international safety standards. These documents are also being applied at overseas production sites, and are being utilized as the common standard of safety and health management. Furthermore, the Group also introduced the Hitachi Groupís Minimum Standards for Safety and Health, to raise the overall standard of the Groupís safety and health management.

Implementation of Disaster Prevention Drills

The Group implements general disaster prevention drills at all domestic sites twice a year to update our disaster prevention management system, facilities, equipment, and to improve our awareness of disaster prevention. The self-defense firefighting team takes a lead in conducting these drills including fire extinguishing drills, emergency response drills and others, by considering emergency situations.

We conduct evacuation drills to prepare ourselves for tsunami caused by major earthquakes, through activities such as securing locations to evacuate when a tsunami warning is issued, and stocking up on drinking water, food and floating protectors to mitigate damage in the event of a tsunami.

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