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Safety and Disaster Prevention, Occupational Safety and Health
Safety and Disaster Prevention
We carry out prior assessment, process risk predictions, and facility risk predictions by prior assessment for manufacture with the aim of ensuring safety, achieving stable operations, and improving our process safety capability. In FY2016, there was a fire that is believed to have been caused by static electricity at Onoda Plant. The fire affected only a small area and did not develop into a serious accident, allowing recovery to be completed in around two months. To prevent a recurrence, we carried out complete inspections of similar tasks at all our plants. In FY2017, there was no accident such as explosion, fire, and leakage.
To maintain zero serious accident level, we began to consider the idea of assessing the safety culture of plants in FY2014. We expanded the evaluations to all plants of Nissan Chemical in FY2015 and to laboratories and our affiliates’ plants in FY2016. As a result, issues such as the communication gap between the management team, managers, and workers were identified and improvements are in progress at each location.
Our plants, laboratories and affiliates carry out various drills and training sessions every year, such as comprehensive disaster drills, earthquake drills, initial fire-fighting drills, communication and reporting training, all taking into account the characteristics of the location and region, and are designed to make us ready to respond to emergencies or accidents in a reliable manner.
TOPICS : Central Awards for No-Accident
We have introduced a system under which we grant an award to plants of Nissan Chemical and our affiliates involved in manufacturing that have achieved zero accidents for five consecutive years.
In FY2016, the award was granted to Nagoya Plant and Nissan Engineering, Ltd. for their achievement of zero accidents during the five years from FY2011 to FY2015. At the award presentation ceremony, a lecture was given by each winner about their countermeasures against accidents.
Safety Education at Training Center
We have established a training center within the Toyama Plant to provide guidance on basic facility and work methods to young employees who have worked for the Toyama Plant for less than 10 years. The lecturers are employees of the machinery, electricity, and instrumentation conservation division of the Toyama Plant. While using a model of educational equipment, they teach the importance of safe work methods by actually moving hands. This training, which has been implemented since 1991, has also accepted participants from other plants, and contributes to raising the safety awareness of the entire company.
Group Safety Activities of the Laboratories
Our young laboratory staff (who are in their first, second or third year at the company) engage in activities in groups every two years for preventing work accidents, including safety-related research, discussions and presentations that are aimed at sharing knowledge and raising safety awareness. Under the instruction of their seniors, these laboratory staff members discuss the causes of accidents, countermeasures against them, and other issues based on past work accidents and books, external information, and other materials about HHK※ and safety. At the reporting session, an award of excellence was granted to the group that carried out the most excellent activities.
- HHK stands for Hiyari-Hatto (near-miss incident) and Kigakari (alarming). It means the discovery of near-miss incidents that are not linked directly to serious injuries or accidents but could have resulted in such injuries or accidents.
Occupational Safety and Health
We make continuous improvements with regard to occupational safety and health as well, by implementing a PDCA cycle in our RC management system. We thereby prevent occupational accidents, promote the good health of staff, and build a comfortable workplace environment in our efforts to improve the level of safety and health at each business location.
In FY2017, we selected occupational safety and health as one of the RC material issues.
At business locations where occupational accidents have occurred, we conduct a thorough investigation into the causes and plan and implement emergency and permanent measures. This information is compiled as an occupational accident report, and the entire Nissan Chemical Group is working to prevent similar accidents by sharing information and promoting horizontal deployment. We are also working to prevent occupational accidents at our subcontractors through safety audits.
In FY2016, we have participated in the Anzen Project (safety project) of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and began publishing an occupational safety newspaper in an effort to raise awareness of safety activities.
In 2017, we have one case of an accident requiring staff time off from work, and nine cases of accidents not requiring staff time off from work. The number of accident requiring staff time off from work is the same as that of previous year, and the number of accident not requiring staff time off from work increased (by 6). These were due to increased bee sting and chemical injuries. We are aiming to achieve zero accident by promoting risk assessment, risk predictions training, HHK, 5S※ and appropriate wearing of protective equipment and by raising awareness of safety through the safety meeting and the occupational safety newspapers. In measure, we plan to invest a total of 350 million yen over the three-annual period beginning in FY2016 to the safety of facilities for prevention of fall / overturning.
- 5S stands for Seiri, Seiton, Seisou, Seiketsu, Shitsuke. These words mean “Sort” “Set” “Shine” “Standardize” “Sustain” respectively.