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Safety and health-related initiatives

Social background

The ISO26000 positions work habits as one of its central themes, and as such safety and health at work has been raised as an issue, and corporate safety and health management has been set in detail. Moreover, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the number of people who die or take four days or more off work due to work-related injury or illness has reached 120,000 per year and companies are now expected to find feasible solutions to this problem.

The way of thinking by JTEKT

Aiming to create a safe and comfortable workplace environment

All JTEKT employees unite to engage in safety and health activities and create a comfortable workplace environment under our Companywide Safety & Health Policy.

Promoting activities under a centralized control system

In order to systematically and consistently promote the formation of a safe and comfortable workplace environment, we established a Companywide Safety & Health Management Committee and have formed a centralized control system which covers group companies both in Japan and overseas. JTEKT is rolling out its safety and health activities on a global scale.
In addition, information on safety and health activities and incidents are reported and shared by the monthly Safety and Health Promotion Committee and the Executive Committee to share information.
At each plant, safety and health committee is held monthly to check progress of health and safety activities. The workers and management also discuss the progress of health and safety activities and employee problems, and share information with employees through workplace meetings.

Safety, health control system

Safety, health control system

Activities for FY2018

[ JTEKT's safety activities ]

Activities based on the safety & health management system

At JTEKT, twelve plants and the Higashi-kariya Operation Center have acquired "JISHA OSHMS Standards Certification", certification by the Japan Industrial Safety & Health Association concerning risk assessments. The twelve certified plants are, Nara, Hanazono, Toyohashi, Tadomisaki, Okazaki, Sayama, Kokubu, Tokushima, Tokyo, Kagawa, Kameyama and Kariya. This counted for a total of thirteen business sites which have successfully acquired JISHA OSHMS Standards Certification.

Status of JISHA OSHMS Standards Certification

Aiming for zero work-related accidents

JTEKT is promoting various safety and health activities with the goal of zero incidents, in order to realize the safety vision "Safety First" No. 1 JTEKT - All incidents can always be prevented-". Above all, we have designated incidents that lead to death and disability as "six serious incidents" and are working on eradication in particular. Although the number of incidents, which was 33 in FY2017, decreased to 20 in FY2018, it could not achieve half.
In FY2019, while thoroughly investigating what happened in the background of the incident, newly constructed JTEKT's own plant safety culture diagnosis, and creating safety-minded people and safety workplace according to the problems of each factory.

Machine / Task Risk Assessment

JTEKT conducts compliance checks to environmental, safety, health, fire prevention, and other laws and machine risk assessments at the time of installation. Furthermore, task risk assessment is performed even in the total safety inspection after installation. We are working towards the eradication of incidents in new equipments / operations by providing education and instruction to workers using a procedure manual that incorporates the risk assessment results of machine and task.

“Safety Vision” as the pillar of safety activities

“Safety First”- JTEKT should eliminate all the accidents.

[ Safety activities of domestic group companies ]

Held Domestic Group Safety Meetings

JTEKT holds group safety meetings three times a year for the purpose of sharing targets, examples of incidents, and activities at 22 group companies in Japan. In FY2018, JTEKT's priority promotion items and specific action contents (FY2018 safety activity summary) were directly deployed for the safety and health top of each group company to further strengthen safety awareness in All JTEKT.

Small group activities and special support activities

JTEKT develops small group activities and special support activities to promote the eradication of incidents at domestic group companies. In small group activities, domestic group companies were divided into six small groups (Kanto, Chubu 1, 2 · Kansai 1, 2 and Shikoku) according to region, and meetings were held around each company. In the meeting, we will discuss the solutions that each company has devised for the host company's problems developed in advance. In addition, we conduct shop floor patrols, extract the good and bad points by Genchi Genbutsu, and use them as a place for mutual improvement among the companies. In the special support activities, JTEKT personnel visit group companies with frequent incidents, provide guidance on issues and problems by Genchi Genbutsu, and deploy various information that leads to solutions. We have been carrying out important support activities.
Unfortunately, incidents have increased in FY2018, but we will work towards eradicating incidents through our ongoing activities.

[ Safety activities of overseas group companies ]

Global Safety Conference

We have held a Global Safety Conference once a year since FY2015 to exchange information with overseas group companies and to stimulate mutual and pursue safety.
In FY2018, the Global Safety Conference was held from May 30 to June 1 in Japan, from October 22 to 26 in the United States. Number of conference is increased from once a year to twice a year. At the Global Safety Conference, in addition to the development of safety activities in Japan and the introduction of examples of activities about Genpo, we visited the Tadomisaki Plant and conducted mutual improvement on All JTEKT.

Improving safely level on a global basis

The number of incidents at overseas group companies, which were 43 in FY2014, decreased to 15 in FY2018, but was flat compared to the previous fiscal year. In FY2019, we will focus on Red-level equipment measures and aim to halve that of the previous year. Going forward, we will continue to monitor the status of various support activities by Genchi Genbutsu. As All JTEKT aims to zero incident.

Change of industrial accident frequency rate / Trend of total number of accidents
* The consolidated management scope differs between the Safety & Health Activities Report and Environmental Report. As such, the number of group companies in individual graphs also changes.

In FY2018 JTEKT had 20 incidents (5 LTI and 15 NLTI).
Of 20 cases, slips, trips and falls (5 cases), set up (4 cases), troubleshooting (4 cases) account for half of the 3 types of incidents. Although incidents caused by equipment have decreased due to measures to prevent short stops and measures to deal with Red-level equipment, incidents due to slips, tirps and falls are on the rise. In order to eradicate these incidents, in FY2019, in addition to the improvement of short-stops equipment, the eradication of incidents at the time of set up / troubleshooting through Red-level equipment measures, the eradication of slips, trips and falls by safety patrol and thorough point and call.

FY2018 Classification
of industrial accidents by work
Two 3weaks
Fraguency rate transition

FY2018 Classification of industrial accidents by work. Two 3weaks Fraguency rate transition.

Summary of safety activities for FY2018

Major items

  • Safety-minded people evaluation (*1)
  • Safety culture diagnosis
  • Activity for short stops
  • Promotion of Red-Level equipment (*2)
  • Safety Patrol with all members
  • Task / Job Risk Assessment
  • Safety meeting with Contractors

Created workplaces where safety awareness is shared and workers warn each other about unsafe behavior

  • Reinforced safety checks using the pointing and calling method, targeting 100 percent execution.
  • Promoted training in Safety DOJOs and shop-based Safety DOJOs (*3).
  • Education for construction manager (*4)
  • Education for Risk Assessment trainer

Global deployment

  • Rolled out domestically deployed items to our overseas group companies.
    → Held investigations when accidents occurred and promoted countermeasures.
      Promotion of countermeasures for equipment with oil leaks
      Safety personnel evaluation
      Eradication of frequently-stopping equipment
      Promotion of red equipment countermeasures

*1 Safety-minded people evaluations Individual employees conduct a self-assessment to confirm their own level as safety personnel and strive to achieve higher in this area.
*2 Red-Level equipment Equipment without covers which still have the risk of trapping hands.
*3 shop-based Safety DOJOs A Safety DOJO targeting risk sources and equipment specific to a certain workplace or production line.
*4 Education for construction manager In-house training for managers to carry out safe and smooth construction within JTEKT premises

[ Improving awareness and knowledge through safety & health education ]

With the belief that education and training are extremely important for developing safety professionals, JTEKT systematically implements safety education and training.
Our main forms of education are rank-based training based on job level and special training based on job type, while our main forms of training are "4R" Training(*5) for safety awareness, danger-sensing training, risk assessment training, etc.

*5 KYT basic 4R training
KYT stands for Kiken (danger), Yochi (recognition), and Training. The term “4R” means “4 rounds.” This is danger-recognition training through 4 phases.

Major safety training conducted by JTEKT

Rank-based training Safety management training
Group Leader training
New employee training
Training Center student training
Special training Grinding wheel replacement
Low-voltage handling
Others All-Toyota training for those overseeing outside workers
All-Toyota training for those overseeing construction
Elevated-work training
Electric shock prevention training
Education for risk assessment trainers

[ Safety measures for products ]

About products such as machine tools, we contribute to the prevention of industrial accident at customers by delivering products with safety measures that comply with safety-related laws and regulations.

[ Creating a comfortable workplace environment ]

Workplace noise countermeasures

We are working on improvement with the goal of the noise Level III (more than 90 dB) zero. Currently, there are 16 workplaces deviated from the standard, and we will continue to make improvements in line with our plans in FY2019 as well.

Creating a workplace environment considerate of senior and female workers

As part of creating safe working environments, JTEKT has implemented the unique ergonomics assessments since FY2015 in an initiative to prevent work-related illnesses such as the musculoskeletal system and to offer more comfortable working environments for female and senior employees. This initiative has been rolled out to all domestic plants and improvements are being made.

Risk Assessment for chemicals

JTEKT has introduced a risk assessment system for chemicals with the aim of creating a safe work environment since 2016, and in addition to the conventional machine and task risk assessments, also carries out risk assessment evaluations on newly handled chemicals (*7) Conducted to promote employee health prevention.

*7 Chemicals Registration of 2,280 chemicals as of May 27, 2019

Improving high temperature workplaces

From the perspective of worker protection, JTEKT revised work environment measurement standards and began WBGT-based (*8) assessments in FY2010. JTEKT's index is WBGT 30°C. We will continue implementing countermeasures in FY2019.

*8 WBGT (Wet-Bulb Globe Temperature) An indicator incorporating humidity, radiant heat and temperature, which significantly impact a person's heat balance. Calculated using dry-bulb temperature, wet-bulb temperature and globe temperature.

WBGT (Wet-Bulb Globe Temperature) calculation method
Outdoors: WBGT = 0.7 × wet-bulb temp. + 0.2 × globe temp. + 0.1 × dry-bulb temp.
Indoors : WBGT = 0.7 × wet-bulb temp. + 0.3 × globe temp.