Efforts Toward Safety and Health Management
In keeping with the corporate philosophy that “safety & health are the most valuable factors that take precedence over all other things and they are the basis that supports business development,” Nippon Steel adheres to its manufacturing values, in which priority comes first on safety, environment, and disaster prevention, second on quality, and third on production. We seek to improve our occupational safety & health management system (OSHMS) and to make a safe and secure workplace. Our safety & health policy applies to Nippon Steel and all related companies. As for the OSHMS, the safety & health policy, targets, and plan are prepared and the management cycle of PDCA cycle is followed in order to make continual improvement. We are considering to applying for ISO (JIS) 45001 certification, to be announced in the near future. About 40% of our offices and works have acquired the OSHMS accreditation from a third party.
Creation of a workplace which is disciplined but has a comfortable and friendly atmosphere with the company, business partners, and group companies working with a sense of unity
We strive to create a disciplined but comfortable and friendly workplace atmosphere through open communications, enhanced education programs on safety and health, and support for the safety activities of group companies and our business partners.
Reducing disaster risks to zero
We promote risk assessment, regularly conduct safety risk assessment of existing projects and in planning of new projects, and seek to prevent accidents and reduce risks. We also take measures to seek for greater safety of equipment even when essentially safe, and to take more measures to prevent human error.
Group-wide sharing of effective measures
We are sharing effective examples of accident-preventive measures and those based on analysis of actual accidents.
Making work and workplace environments more comfortable and improving the physical and mental health of our employees
Regarding health management, besides improving healthcare counseling for employees, we make efforts for early detection and appropriate actions in the area of mental health. As to measures against asbestos, we have taken steps in accordance with laws and regulations, and completed the shift from asbestos to alternatives, except for those areas without the risk of exposure, by the end of fiscal 2009. Moreover, we offer consultation services to our current and former employees so that they can discuss their health concerns and deal with asbestos issues in an appropriate manner. As we are developing business in Thailand, Vietnam, India, and other countries, we proactively deal with global health issues such as HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria, for employees who are located or are newly assigned in these countries and for their families, through immunization, seminars and other measures. We will continue to appropriately respond to health issues.
Safety Promotion Committee and Safety & Health Committee
Initiatives to deal with risk management and other issues related to labor safety & health risk management (i.e., ascertaining progress status of horizontal development of safety initiatives for abolishing similar disasters) are led by the Safety Promotion Committee chaired by an executive officer in charge of labor safety. The Committee regularly reports to the Board of Directors which supervises its activities.
The Safety & Health Committee, participants of which include representatives of the labor union and each workplace, has a scope of its activities in all offices and works. Representatives from the management team, including officers in charge of safety & health, and from the labor union, meet regularly to exchange opinions. Through such dialogues between management and labor, we seek to ensure the safer labor environment.
|Presentation by small groups on safety and health management|
Safety & health targets and achievements
Nippon Steel has been continually striving to seek for greater safety of equipment even when essentially safe, and to take preventive measures against accidents. Our safety & health targets for 2019 were 0.10 or less in both the frequency rate and the severity rate of total accidents causing lost work time. With regard to our safety record in 2018, the numbers of total accidents accompanied by lost work time were 10 for Nippon Steel employees and 10 for employees of related companies (including one casualty at Nippon Steel and 2 casualties at related companies), the frequency rate was 0.10, and the severity rate was 0.11. Equivalent records for 2017 were the numbers of total accidents of 15 (no casualty) for Nippon Steel employees and 13 for employees of related companies (including 1 casualty); the severity rate of 0.14 (compared to the domestic steel industry average of 0.83); and the severity rate of 0.04 (vs. the domestic steel industry average of 0.17). The records for 2016 were the number of total accidents of 6 for Nippon Steel employees (including 1 casualty) and 20 for employees of related companies (including 6 casualties); the frequency rate of 0.13 (compared to the domestic steel industry average of 0.69); and the severity rate of 0.36 (vs. the domestic steel industry average of 0.15).
We intend to make further efforts, aiming for creating a safe workplace environment.
Accident frequency rate
*1 Source: JISF “Safety Management Overview, 2018”
*2 Source: WSA
Risk Taikan (Experience-based) Education Program
We seek to enhance education for preventive accidents. Programs include a safety & health education program for new managers in manufacturing workplaces (attended by all targeted 108 new managers in fiscal 2017 and 84 in fiscal 2016) and the risk taikan (experience-based) education program, which enables employees to experience risk at their worksite through simulation.
Risk Taikan (Experience-based) Education Program