Creating a Workplace Environment that Allows Employees to Focus Confidently on Their Work
Working to Build Workplace Environments that Emphasize Employee Safety
Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma has established a Health and Safety Policy, and has long enacted a variety of health and safety activities to prevent work-related accidents. Moreover, in preparation for the occurrence of a fire, explosion, or other major work-related accident, or a large-scale natural disaster, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma has taken a number of measures to minimize the impact, including equipment-centered measures and the establishment of rules.
In addition to these measures, we believe it is important to instill an awareness of health and safety among employees themselves. Towards this end, the Secretariat of Environmental and Safety Committee implements training for new hires, encouraging them to think again about basic considerations, such as what exactly health and safety entails and why health and safety initiatives are necessary. Also, information about work-related accidents that occur at Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma is shared with the entire company via Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma's intranet. These examples help foster awareness about health and safety in every employee through recognition of accidents as close-at-hand events.
Frequency rate of industrial accident
*Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Survey on industrial accidents
http://www.mhlw.go.jp/toukei/itiran/roudou/saigai/16/dl/h28kekka.pdf (Japanese only)
Frequency rate = (Number of deaths and injuries due to industrial accidents / Cumulative hours worked) x 1,000,000
It indicates the frequency of occurrence of industrial accidents.
Analysis of Work-Related Accidents
As a result of classifying the types of work-related accidents that occurred in the five years from fiscal 2012 to fiscal 2016 (excluding accidents involving business vehicles), we found that falls accounted for 53% of the total. Therefore, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma has made the prevention of accidents involving falling over and falling down into the priority challenges for fiscal 2016 and is promoting awareness raising activities, including Japanese National Safety Week, with reference to the content of the initiatives under the STOP! Industrial Fall Accidents Project organized by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
Classification of work-related accidents by type (fiscal 2012 - fiscal 2016)(%)
Implementing Health and Safety Risk Assessments
At Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma, we have always carried out health and safety risk assessments, focusing primarily on our plants; however, starting in fiscal 2008, we did this company-wide. Risk assessment involves expressing the relative risk of a given operation or piece of equipment using a scale which can be universally understood. Specifically, this means expressing numerically the severity and possibility of accidents that could arise as a result of operations or equipment involved in daily duties, as well as the frequency of the task, and evaluating the risk quantitatively by combining these factors. Priority for remedial measures is then given to those operations and equipment rated as high risk.
In fiscal 2016, we began conducting risk assessments, and finished them at all targeted workplaces. In the future, as we continue to operate our risk assessment system, we will strive to reduce risky behavior that can lead to work-related accidents and keep improving health and safety standards.
Promoting Health Management
At Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma, management of employees' health is given top priority and all employees are encouraged to undergo regular health checkups. In fiscal 2016, 100% of our employees underwent the checkups. We also value the follow-up of health checkups. Occupational physicians give feedback on the results, collaborate with the health insurance society to provide specific health guidance as needed, and support health promotion such as smoking cessation, dieting, and improvement of lifestyles. Smoking cessation education is particularly noteworthy as it is being provided across the organization and, in fiscal 2015, smoking during working hours was completely prohibited at all of our workplaces in Japan.
We make efforts to realize a "smoke-free" company (and close down all smoking areas) at all of our workplaces by April 2019.
Moreover, as part of its efforts to prevent illness, our health insurance association subsidizes the costs of various vaccinations for employees and their family members.
Supporting Mental Wellbeing
Supports of mental health problems which are arisen due to stress from work or daily life are extremely important to cultivate a comfortable and safe work environment. We provide managers and regular employees in each workplace and division with mental health training enabling enhancement of self-care and line-care techniques by industrial counselors. From fiscal 2010, we are also conducting stress check-ups for all employees to encourage them to learn know-hows of mental health self-management. We also give a consulting to employees with high-stress results by industrial counselors. Moreover, we have initiatives to use the data of group analysis for workplace improvement.
For those employees who are experiencing mental health issues and their supervisors, we collaborate for prevention, early discovery, and prompt treatment of mental health issues among employees, as well as providing support for their recovery and reinstatement with a 24-person team of industrial physicians, two of whom are industrial psychiatrists, as well as industrial healthcare staff including nurses. Our system provides ongoing follow-up from the treatment stage aimed at supporting return to work. With regard to counseling and return to the workplace, we partner with outside Employee Assistance Programs and local Vocational Centers for Persons with Disabilities to provide support.
Prevention of Overwork
Working for long hours can have negative effects on physical and mental health. We emphasize proper management of work hours; occupational physicians provide guidance to employees who have worked more overtime than the specified hours.
In order to encourage employees to take paid leave and to raise their awareness of proper time-management for working hours, we implement initiatives to curb long working hours by urging each workplace to rationalize work tasks, hold meetings to reassess work styles, and set "no overtime days" on which all employees leave without overtime-work.
Operating Consultation Desks and Hotlines
We operate consultation desks and hotlines to ensure a workplace environment in which every employee is able to concentrate on his/her work with a sense of security. Consultations can be made through telephone, facsimile, email or letter in envelope by the employee's preference. The Company gives a feedback directly to the employee as to the action the Company has taken in response to the consultation.
|Compliance Hotline||Providing consultation or accepting reports internally or externally in the event that an employee has questions or has obtained information concerning violations related to compliance|
|Harassment Consultation Desk||Providing consultation or accepting reports internally in the event that an employee has questions or has obtained information concerning violations related to harassment|
|Mental Health Consultation Desk||Externally providing consultation or answering questions concerning mental health|
|General Consultation Desk||Providing consultation or accepting reports internally in the event that an employee has questions or has obtained information concerning violations related to compliance as well as in the event that an employee has problems or concerns related to daily work life|
Building Good Labor-Management Relations
The Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Labor Union comprises employees from the Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma and accedes to The Japanese Federation of Textile Chemical, Food, Commercial, Service and General Worker's Unions (UA Zensen), one of the largest industrial unions. As regular labor-management negotiation bodies, the Labor Union and the company proactively exchange opinions based on each perspectives on human capital management and workplace health & safety.
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