Employee Health and Safety

Basic policy

Basic labor safety/ health concept

1. Strengthening of "heart, mind, and body"

  • Heart:Strong belief in and awareness of pursuing safety
  • Mind:Careful observation and thorough investigation of true causes
  • Body:Powerful actions, dedicated efforts

2. Clarification

  • Clarifying problems (negative issues, poor conditions)
  • Clarifying good points (improvement cases, knowledge, experiences)
  • Clarifying standards, changes, or other status

Basis of activities

  • Consistently focusing on comprehensive safety and health management, aiming to achieve
    "zero accidents in all workplaces throughout Aichi."

Health promotion efforts

Aichi Steel Group works to maintain and promote the health of its entire Group workforce through concerted efforts by industrial physicians, public health nurses, nurses and health management staff. In fiscal 2015, systematic efforts placed a priority on mental health, lifestyle-related disease prevention and health management support for employees assigned overseas.

Mental health activities (Promotion of measures for communication activities)

Aichi Steel Group is working to maintain the mental health of its employees and prevent the development of mental issues, through various educational programs and individualized mental health care based on the results of stress check tests In fiscal 2015, we implemented workplace stress check tests in anticipation of revisions to the Industrial Safety and Health Act, creating a system whereby all employees who so desire can consult with an industrial physician. We also collaborated with mental health consultants to offer ongoing on-site consultation to ensure early detection and treatment of employees with mental health issues. We will continue working with managers and supervisors to promote the creation of organization where views are aired freely helping to prevent mental health issues and ensure their early detection and care when they do arise.

Follow-up meetings by top-level safety managers

In fiscal 2015, top-level safety managers participated in monthly workplace safety and health meetings. Efforts are being expanded company-wide to offer on-site day-to-day safety management guidance, with the goal of reducing accidents resulting in lost work time to zero.

Frequency of accidents and lost work time

In fiscal 2015, we worked to make improvements to highly risky work that could lead to a serious accident, and created and reviewed procedural manuals (rules), with the goal of reducing accidents resulting in lost work time to zero. We have strengthened communication with in-plant operators, and reviewed support systems to make it easier for any issues to be brought up. In addition, we worked to prevent reoccurrence of fire and explosion accidents, and are moving forward to rebuild our approach to security and safety.

Number of accidents resulting in work time loss

Creation of safe worksites

We continued our efforts to create safe worksites, working to ensure safety in the workplace by ranking worksites according to risk assessments, and attempting to eliminate C and D rankings, the highest danger levels.

We have developed and are implementing a three-year plan to address individual accident factors, and in fiscal 2015, as in the previous year, we tackled risks of being trapped or caught in equipment, the separation of people and vehicles, and prevention of electric shocks.

In addition, following the explosion at the No. 2 Bar Mill Shop, the Company reevaluated the risk levels at all of its furnaces, and is working to prevent a recurrence through the addition of new furnace fail-safe functions.

Creation of safety-conscious human resources through hands-on training

As part of our efforts to enhance employee awareness of labor safety, we have created a facility for simulating danger, where employees can gain firsthand experience with the potential risks of day-to-day operations.

Using dummy equipment to demonstrate the variety of dangers that can arise in the workplace, we work to enhance employee sensitivity to danger. About 1,100 employees took underwent this training in fiscal 2015, but we are working to increase that rate by establishing a graded certification system. We have also begun offering an on-site "traveling facility" to bring the same experience to plants in more distant locations. In addition, we also plan to deploy a furnace simulator training device to enable workers to understand furnace mechanisms and experience their frightening power for themselves.