Health and Safety
Yamaha Group's Basic Policy on Health and Safety
The Yamaha Group believes that its most important management issue is ensuring the health and safety of the people we work with, our employees, based on the principle of valuing people. In 2009, we created the Group Health and Safety Management Policy to lay out our basic philosophy on health and safety issues for the Yamaha Group. We aim to enhance the level of health and safety through ongoing companywide initiatives.
- Group Safety and Health Management Policies
This policy sets for the Yamaha Group's basic philosophy regarding health and safety, recognizing that ensuring the health and safety of everyone involved in Yamaha's business activities constitutes the foundation of those activities, that all employees should work together to promote the formation of a healthy, safe, and comfortable working environment, while also maintaining our health and safety management standards with respect to our customers.
Health and Safety Management Structure and Activity Guideline
Yamaha Corporation formed in 1987 an Industrial Safety and Health Committee, headed by the Director in Charge of Industrial Safety and Health, with membership comprising branch managers, area leaders, and the chairs of various subcommittees including occupational health and safety, health promotion, traffic safety and international safety. This committee engages in a variety of activities related to managing health and safety throughout the Yamaha Group.
Each year in April at the start of the period, Yamaha Corporation and Yamaha Group companies regularly hold a Group-wide Health and Safety Convention, attended by managers and employees in charge of occupational health and safety. At the Convention, there is a general overview of health and safety activities in the previous fiscal year, confirmation of policy and activities for the current fiscal year as well as targets for preventing occupational accidents. A total of 286 people participated in the regular Group-wide Health and Safety Convention held in April 2013. In addition, each business location and Group company formulates action topics, objectives and plans in light of these contents.
- «Principal Action Plans at the Regular Group-wide Health and Safety Convention»
- 1) Occupational safety: risk assessment, audit of overall health and safety, etc.
- 2) Traffic safety: continuing to promote Groupwide action plans based on an analysis of traffic accidents, etc.
- 3) Health promotion: initiatives to improve work environments (help people stop smoking, mental health, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and AED), occupational preservation of health (workload control by health condition, health and safety at factories overseas, health support for employees stationed abroad), etc.
- 4) International safety: ongoing safety education, strengthen risk management capacity at overseas affiliates, improve information flow and quality, etc.
Group-wide Health and Safety Convention
Striving for Accident-Free Workplaces
1. Frequency*1 of work-related accidents over the past three years
|Group companies in Japan||2.98||3.47||2.94|
|Group companies overseas||1.08||0.91||0.86|
- *1 Frequency = number of work related deaths/injuries ÷ total man hours×1,000,000
- *2 Yamaha Corporation updated its statistical method for counting the total number of accidents irrespective of their gravity from fiscal 2012. We are aiming to target “from zero accidents to zero danger” through thorough safety measures that include minor accidents.
2. Primary Health and Safety Activities
(1)Promoting risk assessment based on Occupational Health and Safety Work Standards Checklist (mainly at Yamaha Corporation)
Management needs to start emphasizing measures to prevent accidents from happening in the future in addition to measures in response to specific accidents. At Yamaha Corporation, risk assessment is the fundamental tool used to prevent accidents from happening. Since fiscal 2010, we revised our evaluation methods based on an Occupational Health and Safety Work Standards Checklist and conducted training for managers and supervisors in order to entrench the risk assessment method Company-wide. In 2012, Yamaha held practical training on risk evaluation using models for around 200 employees. Going forward, Yamaha will look into standardizing the method so that it can be applied to workplaces that do not have the Occupational Health and Safety Work Standards Checklist such as administrative divisions.
(2)Comprehensive Health and Safety Audit (mainly at group companies in Japan and abroad)
Under the guidance of the Groupwide Health and Safety Management Lead Office (Human Resources Division & General Administration Division at Yamaha Corporation), comprehensive audits of health and safety are conducted at group companies in Japan and overseas. Audits were carried out at 14 bases in Japan and 3 bases overseas in fiscal 2009, at 13 bases in Japan and 7 bases overseas in fiscal 2010, at 13 in Japan and 3 overseas in fiscal 2011, and at 10 in Japan and 6 overseas in fiscal 2012.
The audits use a health and safety management analysis table designed to quantitatively assess the level of health and safety at each base, quantifying more than 100 items examined including the level of compliance with rules and standards, and it also clarifies health and safety management systems and policies. At bases with problems identified in the results of the audits, and at bases with frequent work-related accidents, we provide thorough guidance and instruction on all physical and intellectual aspects of health and safety and assist the bases in finding a solution to their own health and safety issues.
[Health and safety audits at production sites overseas]
In fiscal 2012, Yamaha examined the health and safety system, workplace and health and safety activities at six production sites in Indonesia, China and Malaysia, and provided guidance on corrective measures. Managers from the Groupwide Health and Safety Management Lead Office of Yamaha Corporation visit the sites to conduct audits. An occupational physician accompanied them to some of the sites.
Giving advice on wearing the appropriate protective equipment (Indonesia)
Maintaining and Ensuring Employee Health
The basic policy of our yearly health plan for fiscal 2012 states that the Yamaha Group will continue to precisely assess workplace health risks to employees, and plan and execute measures to address these risks. Based on this policy, we made efforts across the Yamaha Group related to heath checkups, mental healthcare and measures against smoking in fiscal 2012.
We take a proactive stance on the prevention of lifestyle-related disease and work-related illness. Our aim is to effectively offer general and specialized health checkups as opportunities for employees to create healthier lifestyle choices, think about the relationship between their health and the workplace, and improve their work environment and way of working.
In fiscal 2012, we offered individualized training on health and sanitation to employees regarding particular chemicals based on the results of questionnaires about sanitation during their health checkups and data compiled for each workplace. The percentage of questions answered correctly was over 80% for all items concerning the harmful effects of particular chemicals and legal measures, demonstrating the high level of understanding among operators.
Also, we focused on taking appropriate measures based on the results of the general regular health checkup and made decisions on the best place for particular employees to be working based on advice from an industrial physician 100% of the time in the head office area.
Yamaha is promoting mental health activities based on a policy to ensure workers remain mentally healthy based on the policies of the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry. Specifically, we continued to implement several measures: (1) training for managers, supervisors and new recruits through an internal industrial physician and counselors; (2) operation of a return-to-work support program that connects occupational health and safety staff, supervisors and personnel; (3) a mental health counseling desk staffed by psychiatrists and clinical psychologists from outside medical institutions; and (4) counseling provided by outside institutions through an external Employee Assistance Program (EAP)*3. We concluded agreements with new EAP companies to enable training for production-line workers and appropriate return-to-work support throughout the group going forward.
- *3 EAP provides counseling to employees and their families for mental health issues, helps employees return to the workplace after leave for mental illness, and is also an employee support program that utilizes external specialists, such as ones that offer health-related training for managers in charge of with employees working under them.
(C)No smoking policy
To protect the health of all of our workers, smokers and non-smokers alike, since 1998 Yamaha Corporation has continued to advise employees to stop smoking at their health checkups, reduce the number of designated smoking areas, promote no-smoking days, and help employees quit the habit. In April 2011, we prohibited smoking during work hours throughout the premises. As a result of these initiatives, the percentage of smokers among all employees declined to 18.4% in 2012 from 35.7% in 2000. As shown in the diagram below, the ratio of both men and women smokers at Yamaha Corporation headquarters is clearly lower than the national average (based on data from Japan Tobacco).
Going forward, we will aim to further reduce the ratio of smokers by promoting awareness such as of the World No Tobacco Day, reducing the number of smoking areas inside premises in order to prevent passive smoking, continuing to support individuals quitting smoking by taking advantage of health checkups through nursing staff, and providing information from medical institutions that conduct no-smoking clinics.
These aforementioned initiatives form the foundation of our Groupwide activities to promote health and safety. We are reassessing contracts with part-time industrial physicians in order to enhance their effectiveness at business locations, including Group companies dispersed throughout the country, doing video display terminal (VDT) health checkups, taking thorough countermeasures after an accident occurs, and conducting surveys of visits by industrial physicians at overseas Group companies.