The Yamaha Group believes that one of its most important management issues is ensuring the health and safety of its employees. The Group promotes health and safety activities based on the Standards and Basic Policy for the Group Occupational Health and Safety Management Policies & Rules, which can be found below, and we aim to continually enhance the level of our health and safety.
Employee Health and Safety
Health and Safety Initiatives
Standards and Basic Policy for the Group Occupational Health and Safety
Management Policies & Rules
In accordance with the basic policy of prioritizing health and safety over everything, Group companies will work together with all employees to create comfortable workplace environments to ensure the health and safety of all Yamaha Group employees during the course of their work.
|Activity policies / Key points of activities||Performance for fiscal 2023||Targets for fiscal 2024|
Prioritization of health and safety over everything
Creation of frameworks supporting office and business site autonomy
Legal compliance and elimination of serious accidents
Improvement of safety awareness, response to changes in road- and transportation-related legislation, and prevention of transportation accidents
Prevention of excessive work hours
Monitoring of work hours and awareness raising
|Target set for fiscal 2024||
Promotion of health improvement
Promotion of regular health checkups and support for quitting smoking
|Theme||Progress in fiscal 2023||Plan for fiscal 2024|
|Entrench safety education||Support for occupational health and safety activities of Group companies, examination of potential training tools for new hires, and development of danger prediction training tools||Development and expansion of training tools for new hires and implementation of danger prediction training tools|
|Redevelop mental healthcare frameworks||Trial introduction of new support systems by revising programs for supporting individuals returning to work after leave for mental healthcare issues||Full-fledged introduction of new support systems|
Health and Safety Management System
At the Yamaha Group, the Industrial Safety and Health Committee is responsible for health and safety management at all Group companies. Overseen by an operating officer of Yamaha Corporation and comprised of representatives from business sites and major Group companies as well as the head industrial physician, the committee meets twice a year to receive progress reports on and review the Group’s health and safety initiatives and to discuss and decide policies and action plans. The committee also reports to the Board of Directors on the status of important occupational health and safety activities, including those pertaining to the prevention of excessive work hours. In addition, at the start of each fiscal year in April, the Groupwide Health and Safety Convention is held. This convention includes the distribution, to domestic and overseas employees, of messages from the president and the heads of labor unions as well as an overview of activities from the previous fiscal year and explanations of policies and targets for the current fiscal year from the respective managers. The videos distributed as part of the convention reiterate the importance of health and safety in developing workplaces offering peace of mind in accordance with the basic policy of prioritizing health and safety over everything.
Acquisition of Certification for Occupational Health and Safety Management System
The Group Occupational Health and Safety Management Policies & Rules defines our commitment toward maintaining the health and safety of all people connected with Yamaha business activities, and we are moving forward with the codification and standardization of the rules and activities necessary for fulfilling this commitment.
Occupational health and safety management is practiced targeting everyone working at the Yamaha Group, including full-time employees, contract employees, dispatch employees, and subcontractors, and the Group is working to acquire certification for its occupational health and safety management system at musical instrument and audio equipment production sites. In addition, internal auditors are fostered through ongoing training so that these individuals can perform audits to assess whether the rules and activities stipulated by occupational health and safety management systems are being properly implemented. Currently, 60 such internal auditors are employed by the Yamaha Group worldwide.
ISO 45001-Certified Sites*1
- Yamaha Music Manufacturing Japan Corporation
- Hangzhou Yamaha Musical Instruments Co., Ltd.
- Xiaoshan Yamaha Musical Instruments Co., Ltd.
- Tianjin Yamaha Electronic Musical Instruments, Inc.
- Yamaha Electronics (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
- PT. Yamaha Music Manufacturing Indonesia
- PT. Yamaha Music Manufacturing Asia
- PT. Yamaha Musical Products Indonesia
- PT. Yamaha Musical Products Asia
- PT. Yamaha Electronics Manufacturing Indonesia
- Yamaha Electronics Manufacturing (M) Sdn. Bhd.
- Yamaha Music India Pvt. Ltd.
- *1 Note: Certification has been acquired for 12 (80.0%) out of 15 musical instrument and audio equipment production sites (as of April 30, 2023).
Formal Labor Agreement Concerning Safety and Health
The formal labor agreement that Yamaha Corporation has with the labor union states, "The Company must take all necessary measures to ensure safe, healthy conditions at its factories and improve its work environments while union members must uphold all rules concerning safety and health. The Company and union shall also work together to improve union members’ knowledge of safety and health." The agreement also establishes provisions concerning matters such as the Safety and Health Committee, dangerous and injurious work, medical examinations, and accident compensation.
Occupational Accident Prevention Measures
The Yamaha Group takes steps to prevent occupational accidents by improving workplace safety through risk assessments, monitoring via dedicated staff, self-directed health and safety diagnoses at individual bases, audits of the safety of equipment and machinery, and chemical substance management. In addition, we perform health and safety training and drills for employees and establish and implement Group standard safety rules.
The Yamaha Group positions risk assessments as an important practice for preventing workplace danger risks from actualization. Based on this recognition, the Group engages in activities to prevent occupational accidents. These activities focus on assessing risks related to work content and work environments while putting in place measures corresponding to the degree of risk. Also, before commencing new work procedures, all potential risks are assessed, and measures are implemented to mitigate risks and reduce the burden placed on employees. Currently, the Group is providing education on, and ensuring the implementation of, risk assessments at Group companies and production sites in Japan and overseas.
Comprehensive Health and Safety Monitoring
In addition to on-site surveys at ISO 45001-certified sites, comprehensive health and safety monitoring is conducted at Group companies under the guidance of the Human Resources Division of Yamaha Corporation, which oversees Groupwide health and safety management. Staff possessing expert techniques or certifications related to health and safety conduct checks of workplaces and compliance with health and safety management systems. The sites at which patrols will be conducted are selected over a cycle of a few years.
- Patrol numbers are shown on the ESG Data page.
Details of Comprehensive Health and Safety Monitoring
- Health and safety level checks based on a health and safety management analysis table (approximately 80 items focusing on the level of health and safety management systems, regulations, and standards)
- Workplace inspections to check health and safety measures and to correct and provide guidance on problematic areas
Self-Directed Health and Safety Diagnoses
The Yamaha Group’s non-production companies in Japan carry out self-directed health and safety diagnoses that focus on compliance with legal requirements and are based on the number of employees. After examining the results of diagnoses, the health and safety managers of specific bases provide feedback and give support for compliance and improvement measures. In fiscal 2023, diagnoses were carried out at 46 sites.
Machinery and Equipment
The Yamaha Group requires that safety inspections be performed by inspection committee members prior to the start of operation of machinery or equipment newly introduced at production sites and of equipment that has been upgraded, renovated, or relocated. These inspections look for defective areas while also providing guidance regarding operating procedures, material processing methods, and handling of solvents and chemicals.
Production Site Facility and Equipment Safety Management
At production sites inside and outside Japan, Yamaha Corporation facility management personnel conduct facility safety surveys of production equipment to prevent accidents and disasters on-site and to improve safety levels. Furthermore, Yamaha regularly conducts evacuation drills and emergency response drills to prepare for disasters.
Chemical Substance Management
In the production process, there are some tasks that require employees to handle chemicals with the potential to cause bodily harm. Accordingly, Yamaha Corporation is taking several measures to prevent occupational illnesses, such as improving workplace environments and equipment, requiring that workers undergo specialized health examinations, and supplying protective equipment.
Additionally, training is provided to workers to enable them to wear protective equipment correctly. The Company is also conducting regular risk assessments of workplaces that handle chemical substances to promote autonomous management of these substances.
In fiscal 2023, there were no occupational accidents associated with processes that entailed the handling of chemical substances.
Designated Health Examinations
To prevent occupational illnesses, we promote specialized health examinations that effectively and accurately target individuals designated as being at risk of such illnesses. The employees taking part in these examinations are confirmed twice a year to avoid applicable employees being overlooked due to relocations or changes in work responsibilities. In addition, health examinations testing for specified chemicals are conducted with a wider scope of target chemicals and more stringently defined limits than those stipulated in legal requirements.
Health and Safety Education and Training
Occupational Health and Safety Education for New Employees
The Yamaha Group conducts health and safety education at the start of each fiscal year for new employees at Group companies in Japan in order to deepen their knowledge of occupational health and safety. In fiscal 2023, these sessions spanned a total of around five hours (over three sessions), covering topics including health and safety, transportation safety, and mental health, and were attended by 101 new employees.
Intra-Group Coordination for Promoting Health and Safety Education and Training
The Yamaha Group is committed to the development of workplaces where everyone can feel safe and secure with no fear of occupational accidents. To this end, we are ramping up health and safety training through a Groupwide campaign advanced via coordination between labor and management. In fiscal 2023, we launched rank-based training programs for secretariats and other core health and safety staff. Comprised of awareness, knowledge, and technical courses, these programs targeted production bases in China, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Going forward, we intend to expand the scope of these programs and administer them to individuals who are not part of the core health and safety staff.
In addition, area safety committees are assembled in Japan, China, and Indonesia with membership from the health and safety staff of the production bases in these areas. Meetings of these committees are used as opportunities to discuss accident prevention measures based on information about accidents that have occurred at the Yamaha Group, confirm the status of activities based on ISO 45001, and otherwise take part in brisk discussions for sharing information on and standardizing rules and activities. These meetings thus serve as opportunities for exchanges between the health and safety staff of different bases. We are examining the possibility of forming such committees in Malaysia, India, and Europe in the future.
The Yamaha Group has set up safety dojos at production bases. These educational facilities, which are designed to help heighten sensitivity toward danger, are used to hold danger experience workshops. Safety dojos contain apparatuses that allow employees to experience, in a safe environment, the dangers of becoming caught in machinery, set on fire, or electrocuted. The facilities are also used to introduce employees to safety provisions including safety devices, protective gear, and disaster preparedness items. The safety-related experiences provided by these facilities have been revised from the perspectives of all four elements of the accident mechanism: People, equipment, management, and workplace environment. We thereby refined danger experience apparatuses so that they better communicate the unsafe conditions and actions that can result in accidents. The goal of these efforts is to heighten the receptiveness of employees to danger and to allow employees to use what they learned at safety dojos to drive improvements at their workplaces. The Group is currently in the process of expanding the utilization of safety dojos with the aim of making such facilities available to all employees working at production bases.
Safety dojos in Indonesia (left) and Japan (right)
Establishment and Standardization of Rules
The Yamaha Group has been systematically establishing safety rules relating to people and their surroundings, such as the expected attitude toward health and safety, a basic code of conduct, and equipment standards. These rules have been compiled into tools, such as portable cards, to facilitate their implementation. We are currently working to translate each tool into multiple languages as we head toward the Groupwide rollout of the Group standard rules (regulations and standards) with the aim of improving the level of health and safety and eliminating any gaps in standards among Group companies.
Occupational Accident Statistics
In fiscal 2023, the number of occupational accidents at domestic Group companies and overseas production sites was 54 (of which 33 required time off from work), compared with the target of 54, and there were no fatalities.
Breakdown of Occupational Accidents
- Number of accidents during operation of power tools: 13
Main accident timings: Preparation, cleanup
- Number of accidents due to human error: 19
Main accident timings: Transportation processes, work using hand tools, handling of heavy objects, cleanup, etc.
- Number of accidents due to daily activities, etc.: 22
Main accident timings: Walking
Occupational Accident Frequency Rate
- Note: Figures represent the frequency rate of occupational accidents resulting in lost time. Figures for the manufacturing industry are based on annual occupational accident surveys by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
Employee Health Promotion Initiatives
The Yamaha Group places the health of its employees and their families as its top priority. Employee health is linked to higher productivity and motivation and, consequently, to the energization of organizations. Based on this recognition, we implement various initiatives for promoting employee health. The president of Yamaha Corporation issued the Yamaha Group Health Declaration in 2018. The declaration guides us in promoting health management through health checkups, health guidance, mental healthcare, measures for helping employees stop smoking, and other initiatives for building safer and more comfortable workplaces.
Yamaha Group Health Declaration
"Sound Minds + Sound Bodies = Sound Living"
- The health of our employees and their families is fundamental to allowing them to lead fulfilling lives and is of the utmost importance to Yamaha.
- Yamaha will actively support initiatives in aid of employee well-being, and will create safe, comfortable workplaces.
- Yamaha employees and their families should maintain an awareness of their physical and mental health, and take the initiative in acting to improve their wellness.
President and Representative Executive Officer
The Yamaha Group encourages employees to undergo health checkups that help protect and improve health. In addition to diligently offering general health checkups, which are mandatory under Japanese law, Group companies in Japan use health checkups as opportunities to try to prevent lifestyle- and work-related diseases based on the slogan of "regular health checkups are the start line, not the goal." Since 2002, in-house health clinics have performed regular health checkups of employees (in the month of their birthday). On the morning of checkups, all employees undergoing checkups are provided with guidance from physicians based on the results of their checkups, other health guidance, and group health education. The speed of this feedback, as well as the group health education conducted based on a different theme each year, have contributed to an increased level of health awareness and understanding among employees. Additionally, we take thorough follow-up measures based on checkup results. In fiscal 2023, Yamaha Corporation and domestic Group companies had a 100% examination completion ratio, while an industrial physician made work category decisions*2 for 100% of cases for both Yamaha Corporation and the Yamaha Group.
- *2 Work category decisions by industrial physicians are based on Article 66.4, 5 of the Industrial Safety and Health Act. In these decisions, the Company determines the work category for health checkups for eligible employees based on an industrial physician’s opinion.
In order to maintain the mental health of its workers, Yamaha Corporation is taking steps toward disease prevention by implementing a stress check system and promoting other mental health activities based on the policies of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Furthermore, a return-to-work support program has been introduced that connects industrial physicians, nurses, and contracted psychiatrists working in coordination with external Employee Assistance Program (EAP)*3 counselors as a form of aid for leave takers. This program has been greatly expanded by bolstering counseling systems and introducing training for managers on how to approach individuals taking leave for a mental disorder. As a result, we are now able to maintain rates of more than 80% for employees returning to work after receiving leave for a mental disorder for the first time.
Furthermore, we implemented a stress check system in the first year after such systems became mandatory. In fiscal 2023, 94.0% of employees underwent stress checks.
- Stress check system
- Training for managers, supervisors, and new recruits from internal industrial physicians and counselors
- Return-to-work support program that connects occupational health and safety staff, supervisors, managers, and human resources personnel
- Mental health counseling desk staffed by psychiatrists and clinical psychologists from outside medical institutions
- Counseling desk provided by outside institutions through an external EAP
- *3 An external EAP is an employee support program that utilizes external specialists to provide counseling to employees and their families for mental health issues, help employees return to the workplace after taking leave for mental disorders, and offer training to supervisors to promote healthy workplace environments within their divisions.
Rate of Employees Returning to Work after Receiving Leave for a Mental Disorder for the First Time (Yamaha Corporation)
Measures for Helping Employees Stop Smoking
Yamaha Corporation views encouraging employees to stop smoking as a top priority for protecting the health of employees. Since 1998, we have continued to help employees quit smoking through advice offered during health checkups as well as individualized support for employees desiring such aid. Moreover, smoking is completely prohibited on the premises of all domestic Group companies. As a result of these long-term initiatives, the percentage of smokers among all employees declined from 36.2% in 1998 to 9.98% in fiscal 2023, falling below 10% for the first time.
Ratio of Smokers among All Employees (Yamaha Corporation)
- * As of March 31 each year
By prohibiting smoking on the premises of all domestic Group companies and providing advice for quitting smoking and individualized care when desired, the Yamaha Group is seeking to further lower the ratio of smokers and thereby help accomplish Goal 3 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): "Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages."
Data on the ratio of smokers, which includes Group companies, is shown on the ESG Data page.
Measures for Preventing the Spread of Infectious Diseases
Preventing the spread of infectious diseases that can have a significant social and economic impact, such as HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, is a global issue. Recognizing the importance of this issue, Yamaha Group production sites in Southeast Asia are practicing effective hygiene management in workplaces, cafeterias, and break spaces; regularly sterilizing company premises; and cleaning waterways while also taking environment-related steps to prevent the emergence of mosquitoes and other disease-carrying pests. In addition, notification of the infectious disease risks of the relevant areas is provided to employees going on overseas business trips as well as to employees stationed overseas and their families, and immunizations for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus, rabies, and measles, and other prevention measures are recommended before departure from Japan.
In fiscal 2023, the Yamaha Group continued to promote teleworking and basic precautions for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in response to the ongoing global pandemic. We also provided COVID-19 vaccinations to approximately 2,000 employees who elected to receive their third vaccination at their workplace in April 2022. Elsewhere, we worked together with the government of Indonesia to provide vaccinations for roughly 5,000 individuals including employees as well as for members of their families and subcontractors (factory workers, janitors, cafeteria workers, drivers, etc.) at Group business sites.
Health Support for Employees Stationed Abroad
In fiscal 2023, some employees stationed abroad were once again forced to endure restrictions on their activities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff who were unable to return to Japan were provided access to online consultations with health staff to help alleviate the physical and mental burden placed on them by the prolonged restrictions. The scope of employees to which these consultations are provided has been expanded to include those stationed in the Middle East and Oceania.
Online consultation with a Yamaha Corporation industrial physician by an employee stationed abroad (Yamaha Music Australia Pty. Ltd.)
Comprehensive Health Management Support for Employees Stationed Abroad
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we began to expand the range of opportunities provided for information sharing between personnel department members, local managers, and healthcare staff, and steps have been taken to strengthen systems for providing comprehensive health management support through increased understanding of situations at overseas sites and rates of employees undergoing regular health checkups.
We are implementing support and other frameworks to ensure that employees stationed abroad are able to undergo checkups in an efficient manner should they choose to when returning to Japan on a temporary basis.
Measures for Ensuring the Safety of Employees Stationed/Traveling Overseas
The Yamaha Group believes that the safety of employees is paramount and is taking various steps to safeguard employees stationed or traveling overseas from the perspectives of accident and incident prevention and emergency response.
Information concerning dangers in each country and region is gathered from sources such as Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, private security companies, employees stationed at overseas Group companies, and those who have returned from abroad. This information is then analyzed and distributed internally in the form of reminders and business trip regulations. Safety-related education is also provided to employees before being dispatched overseas, while their families also receive separate education programs.
Furthermore, for those taking overseas business trips for the first time, an orientation is held that covers safety education, including basic knowledge and measures for handling emergencies while abroad.
|Content||Target||Number of sessions||Number of participants|
|Training prior to assignment overseas||Yamaha Group employees||16||42|
|Overseas business trip orientation||Employees such as those going on an overseas business trip for the first time||7||93|
Inclusion in 2023 Health & Productivity Stock Selection and Certification as White 500 Enterprise in 2023 Certified Health & Productivity Management Organizations Recognition Program
In 2023, Yamaha Corporation was included, for the second consecutive year, in the Health & Productivity Stock Selection.*4 This program is designed to recognize companies among those listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange that exhibit excellence in practicing health and productivity management.*5 In addition, Yamaha Corporation and its subsidiary Yamaha Corporate Services Corporation were certified as White 500*6 enterprises in the 2023 Certified Health & Productivity Management Organizations Recognition Program organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Nippon Kenko Kaigi. This honor is thought to be a reflection of the high evaluation of the Group’s long history of employee health management initiatives, such as providing regular health checkups (in the month of employees’ birthdays) at in-house health clinics; greatly reducing the rate of employees smoking through support for quitting smoking, which has been a priority for the Group; and prohibiting smoking on the premises of all domestic Group companies in April 2022.
- *4 A joint program by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Tokyo Stock Exchange launched in 2015 and designed to recognize companies that focus on and strategically carry out efforts with regard to their employees’ health from a management perspective
- *5 An approach toward strategically carrying out efforts with regard to employee health from a management perspective
- *6 A joint program by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Nippon Kenko Kaigi launched in 2017 to recognize companies exhibiting excellence in practicing health and productivity management; the top 500 companies in the large enterprise category are certified as White 500 enterprises