Employee health and safety

Workplace safety and health policies

Determined to prevent even a single accident in our workplaces, in-plant business operators and Group companies are collaborating to achieve “zero accidents in all workplaces throughout Aichi” by focusing on comprehensive safety and health management.

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."

Follow-up meetings by top-level safety managers

Top-level safety managers (Director in charge of Safety and Environmental Division) participate 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.

Initiatives to eliminate accidents resulting in lost work time

We are transforming our safety culture and creating safe workplaces to eliminate accidents that result in lost work time and to ensure we never forget the lessons learned from the January 8 explosion. We are restructuring our workplace safety by preventing recurrence of fires and explosions, and improving workplaces that have high risk of serious accidents. We have also improved communication with in-plant operators, and have enhanced support systems by listening to any issues about work difficulties.

Frequency and number of accidents and lost work time

Work inspections with top management

During fiscal 2016, we carried out work inspections on furnaces in all our plants. Led by the chairman and president themselves, this company-wide initiative was implemented to help prevent any recurrence of an explosion by inspecting work procedures and offering advice following Toyota’s genchi genbutsu (on-site, hands-on experience) approach.

Creation of safe worksites

During fiscal 2016, we reassessed the risk associated with all of the company’s furnaces, we added interlock functions to all nonconforming furnaces, and we completed all measures to prevent recurrence of the January 8 explosion.

We also continued our efforts to create safe worksites by ranking worksites according to risk assessments, and attempting to eliminate C and D rankings, the highest danger levels. As in last fiscal year, we tackled risks of being trapped or caught in equipment, the separation of people and vehicles, and prevention of electric shocks.

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. To ensure we never forget the lessons we learned from the January 8 explosion, we deployed a furnace simulator training device in fiscal 2016 to enable workers to understand furnace mechanisms and experience their frightening power for themselves. All furnace workers have now received training on this device.

  • In-furnace purging demonstration device In-furnace purging demonstration device
  • Furnace simulator training Furnace simulator training

Health promotion efforts

The 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 2016, we systematically implemented initiatives for the priority items of mental health, lifestyle-related disease prevention and health management support for employees assigned overseas. We will continue focusing on these areas to maintain and promote the health of our employees, which is a priority issue for the company.

Mental health activities

The 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.

During fiscal 2016, we also provided advice to workplaces that rated a high risk for mental health based on the results of these stress tests. 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.