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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.

In addition, at overseas production sites we have established Safety Support Teams to provide on-site based safety guidance. At the same time, we are making efforts to improve the level of our safety and health standards by implementing periodic 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 11 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.

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 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of accidents 5 7 2 2 3
Number of Lost-workday Injuries (Overseas Production Sites)
FY 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of accidents 28 10 15 23 20
Measurement Results of Working Environment (Control class Ⅲ)
FY 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Workplaces 10 14 5 6 11

Application of OHSAS 18001

We are engaging in acquisition of the OHSAS 18001 certification for occupational health and management systems at Hitachi Chemical's production sites and research centers throughout Japan. All risks related to the health and safety of employees and other stakeholders are systematically and appropriately reduced and managed based on this standard. 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. In regard to the targets for the occupational health and safety, common items that apply to the entire Hitachi Chemical Group are being drawn up, and we will apply these items by including them in the Occupational Health and Safety Management Plan at each site. We are also engaging in a systematic reduction of risks by implementing risk assessment in order to prevent danger and health threats posed to employees. In terms of revised chemical substances, we have established the Hitachi Chemical Group’s chemical substance risk assessment guidelines to 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.

Approximately 40% of our overseas manufacturing companies have already acquired OHSAS 18001 certifications, and approximately 50% of our manufacturing companies in Greater China have obtained hazardous chemical production permits. We are committed to establishing a health and safety management structure on a global scale to prevent any incidents.

Accident Frequency Rate and Severity Rate (Consolidated Group Companies in Japan)
FY 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Frequency rate 0.25 0.34 0.09 0.10 csr_check0.15
Severity rate 0.011 0.003 0.001 0.007 csr_check0.001
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
Severity rate represents the number of work days lost per 1,000 employee-hours worked and indicates the severity of accidents

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 ensure we conform to the Industrial Safety and Health Law, international safety standards and other safety and health 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 Group’s Minimum Standards for Safety and Health, to raise the overall standard of the Group’s 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. These drills take different types of emergency situations into account, and are designed to prepare for all emergencies by training a self-defense fire fighting team. The company runs an emergency communications drill at the same time.

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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