Quality-related initiatives

Quality management is one of the most important aspects in obtaining the trust and satisfaction of customers in the provision of products and services. All of our relevant employees are responsible for thorough quality management. In coordination with product units and individual steelworks, the Company’s Quality Assurance Department promotes measures to cope with Groupwide quality control and assurance issues.

Activities aimed at strengthening the quality assurance system of the Nippon Steel Group

As a basic policy in line with the Japan Iron and Steel Federation’s guideline, aimed at strengthening the quality assurance system, we are promoting

  • the enhancement of education on quality compliance (compliance with laws and regulations)
  • activities to reduce behavioral risks, and
  • advanced internal quality audit. Information on quality

related examples is promptly shared across the Group and at appropriate times measures are launched to resolve issues through standardization, systemization, automatization, and other action.

These measures are then implemented to enhance identifica-tion management of actual products and to improve reliability of testing and inspection. In addition, the five newly defined basic rules of quality behavior have been made known to all employees, with a focus on improving the awareness in quality compliance and preventing quality problems to occur.

Specific initiatives

  • Enhancement of education on quality compliance
    • Enhancement of quality compliance education opportunities (ICT utilization, e-Learning)
    • Spread and retention of the five basic rules of quality behavior (posters in the workplace, pre-work recitation, education for all employees)
    • Promotion of standardization and improvement in capacity of staff
    Basic training on quality management

    Basic training on quality management

  • Activities to reduce behavioral risks (risks of human intervention)
    • Enhanced identification management and reliability of testing and inspection by promoting automation and systemization
    • Follow-up on the effectiveness of the system to prevent rewriting of test results
  • Advanced internal quality audit
    • Periodic audit by the Quality Assurance Department of the Head Office
    • External audit by acquiring certification of ISO 9001, JIS, etc.
    • Promote own-initiative audits by educating internal audit staff and improving their capacity

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