Health and Safety

Basic Health and Safety Policy

The Yamaha Group believes that one of the most important management issues is ensuring the health and safety of our employees. The Yamaha Group promotes health and safety activities based on the Group Health and Safety Management Standards, and we aim to continually enhance the level of our health and safety.

Standards and Basic Policy for the Group Safety and Health Management Rules

The management and employees of the Group companies shall view maintaining the health and safety of all people connected with Yamaha business activities as “a priority in all work,” and shall work together toward promoting the creation of labor environments that are healthy, safe, and comfortable.

Fiscal 2020 Action Plan and Targets
  Basic Policies Targets
Occupational safety Prioritize health and safety over everything
  • Zero accidents resulting in fatalities or casualties
  • Less than 58 total occupational accidents
Transportation accidents Eliminate accidents largely attributable to negligence and practice defensive driving
  • Less than 60 total transportation accidents
  • Zero serious transportation accidents during business activities
Health management Improve health management and workplace environment to ensure safety in the workplace
  • Regular health checkup rate consistently at 100%

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 a director and managing executive officer and comprised of representatives from business sites and major Group companies as well as the head industrial physician, this 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. In addition, at the start of each fiscal year in April, the Groupwide Health and Safety Convention is held. This convention is attended by approximately 500 people, including the president and representative executive officer, other corporate officers (Company representatives), the heads of labor unions (labor union representatives), and representatives from various divisions and domestic and overseas Group companies. This convention serves as an opportunity for promoting Companywide awareness of matters decided by the Industrial Safety and Health Committee and for reconfirming 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.

[ photo ] Fiscal 2021 Groupwide Health and Safety Convention (changes to attendees and site layout made to prevent spread of COVID-19)
Fiscal 2021 Groupwide Health and Safety Convention (changes to attendees and site layout made to prevent spread of COVID-19)
[ photo ] Review of fiscal 2020 and explanation of fiscal 2021 action plan by executive general manager
Review of fiscal 2020 and explanation of fiscal 2021 action plan by executive general manager
[ photo ] Health lecture by chief occupational health physician
Health lecture by chief occupational health physician

Acquisition of Certification for Occupational Health and Safety Management System

The Yamaha Group is working to acquire certification for its occupational health and safety management system at its instrument and audio equipment production sites. At these sites, we are focusing efforts on developing personnel who can contribute to the improvement of health and safety, including training of certified internal auditors.

OHSAS18001-Certified Sites (as of March 31, 2020)

  • PT. Yamaha Musical Products Indonesia
  • PT. Yamaha Music Manufacturing Indonesia
  • Hangzhou Yamaha Musical Instruments Co., Ltd.

ISO45001-Certified Sites (as of March 31, 2020)

  • Toyooka Factory of Yamaha Music Manufacturing Japan Corporation
  • Kakegawa Factory of Yamaha Music Manufacturing Japan Corporation
  • Yamaha Electronics Manufacturing (M) Sdn. Bhd.
  • PT. Yamaha Music Manufacturing Asia

The formal labor agreement that Yamaha Corporation has with the labor union states that “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.

Work at Yamaha Group sites, particularly production activities, entails the possibility of occupational accidents from operating equipment and machinery, processing products, and handling various raw materials. The Yamaha Group implements various measures to prevent occupational accidents. These measures include risk assessments, safety patrols, and self-directed health and safety diagnoses.*1 In addition, we are taking steps to improve workplace safety through facility and equipment inspections and chemical substance management while also performing health and safety training and drills for employees and establishing and implementing Group standard safety rules.

  • *1 Self-directed health and safety diagnoses entail self-evaluations looking at approximately 150 items to ascertain compliance status and guide self-improvement efforts

Risk Assessments

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 with regard to work content and work environments while putting in place measures corresponding to the degree of risk. Currently, the Yamaha Group is providing education on, and ensuring the implementation of, risk assessments at Group companies and production sites in Japan and overseas.

Safety Patrols

In addition to on-site surveys at OHSAS18001- and ISO45001-certified sites, safety patrols are 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 health and safety management structures and sites. The sites at which patrols will be conducted are selected over a cycle of a few years.

Details of Safety Patrols

  • Health and safety level checks based on a health and safety management analysis table (approximately 170 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 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. Based on the results of diagnoses, Yamaha Corporation health and safety managers provide feedback and give support for improvement measures. In fiscal 2020, diagnoses were carried out at 24 sites.

Health and Safety Education, etc.

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 our employees’ knowledge of health and safety, transportation safety, and health management. In fiscal 2020, these sessions spanned a total of around four hours (over four sessions) and were attended by 94 participants.
In addition, information exchange forums were established at overseas production sites (in China) in order to share information on health and safety rules and activities and to facilitate standardization with this regard. These forums entail twice-annual assemblies of health and safety representatives within their respective bases to share information on pre-defined challenges and discuss related improvement measures over a period of roughly two days. In fiscal 2020, discussions were held on the ideal form for health and safety committees, specifically on the steps to be taken with regard to matters such as the committee membership needed to transition from the prior participate-based approach to a collaboration-based approach.

Meanwhile, we began performing health and safety training (health and safety basic knowledge, readiness, and explanations of assorted activities, etc.) in fiscal 2020 for on-the-ground leaders and dedicated safety managers in conjunction with the construction of a new factory in Indonesia (PT. Yamaha Musical Products Asia).

[ photo ] Discussion at information exchange forum (China)
Discussion at information exchange forum (China)
[ photo ] Leader training performed by Yamaha Corporation safety representatives (PT. Yamaha Musical Products Asia, Indonesia)
Leader training performed by Yamaha Corporation safety representatives (PT. Yamaha Musical Products Asia, Indonesia)

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 Corporation regularly conducts evacuation drills and emergency response drills to prepare for disasters.

[ photo ] Facility safety survey in Indonesia
Facility safety survey in Indonesia

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, the Company is taking a number of measures to prevent illnesses, such as improving workplace environments and equipment, requiring that workers undergo legally mandated medical examinations, and supplying protective equipment. Additionally, training is provided to workers to enable them to wear protective equipment correctly. The Company is also conducting risk assessments of workplaces that handle chemical substances in order to mitigate the related risks.

Establishment and Standardization of Rules

Yamaha Corporation 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 handbooks and 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 with the aim of improving the level of health and safety and eliminating any gaps in standards among Group companies.

Occupational Accidents at the Yamaha Group

Injuries at the Yamaha Group primarily include cuts and scratches as well as people becoming clamped by or caught in factory equipment or machinery, falling, or being involved in other accidents. In fiscal 2020, the number of occupational accidents at domestic Group companies and overseas production sites, which employ a total of approximately 28,000 people, was 65 (of which 38 required time off from work), and there were no fatalities.

Occupational Accidents (Including accidents requiring time off from work)
Scope: Domestic Group companies and overseas production sites
[ graph ] Occupational Accidents (Including accidents requiring time off from work)

The Yamaha Group promotes initiatives to maintain and improve employee health based on the recognition that the health of our employees and their families is of the utmost importance to Yamaha. In order to further promote these initiatives, the president and representative executive officer of Yamaha Corporation issued the Yamaha Group Health Declaration in 2018.

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.

Takuya Nakata
President and Representative Executive Officer
April 2018

Based on this Health Declaration, the Yamaha Group is working to create safe and comfortable workplaces and promote various initiatives, including health checkups, mental healthcare, and measures to help employees stop smoking.

Health Checkups

In addition to diligently offering general health checkups, which are mandatory under Japanese law, the Yamaha Group uses health checkups as opportunities to try to prevent lifestyle- and work-related diseases. In March 2019, Yamaha began offering physical tests for those receiving health checkups in the area around the Yamaha Corporation headquarters in order to encourage employees to improve their daily habits. Additionally, we petitioned employees to help us meet our goal of achieving a 100% examination completion ratio for regular health checkups while also taking thorough follow-up measures based on checkup results. In fiscal 2020, Yamaha Corporation and the other domestic Yamaha 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 a physician’s opinion

Mental Healthcare

In order to maintain the mental health of its workers, Yamaha is taking steps toward disease prevention by promoting mental health activities based on the policies of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Furthermore, by introducing a return-to-work support program that connects industrial physicians, nurses, and contracted psychiatrists working in coordination with an external Employee Assistance Program (EAP)*3 counselor as a form of aid for leave-takers, we halved the rate at which workers took a subsequent leave of absence compared with the period prior to adopting the program.

Major Initiatives

  • 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 resource 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 leave for mental illness, and offer training to supervisors to promote healthy workplace environments within their divisions

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, during health checkups, we have continued to advise employees to stop smoking. In April 2011, we began prohibiting smoking throughout Company premises during work hours. As a result of these initiatives, the percentage of smokers among all employees declined from 36.2% in 1998 to 12.3% in 2019.

Ratio of Smokers among All Employees (Yamaha Corporation)
[ graph ] Ratio of Smokers among All Employees (Yamaha Corporation)
  • * As of March 31 each year

The Yamaha Group is currently targeting further reductions in the ratio of smokers through means such as cutting back on the number of smoking areas inside work premises, thereby preventing passive smoking, and offering ongoing individual support for quitting smoking. These efforts oriented toward accomplishing Goal 3 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.”
These efforts are being extended to domestic Group companies, and we plan to completely prohibit smoking on the premises of all domestic Group companies in April 2022. Data on the ratio of smokers including Group companies is shown on the Social Data page.

Measures for Preventing Spread of Infectious Diseases at Overseas Bases

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 while also taking environment-related steps such as pest extermination. 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 and other prevention measures are taken prior to departure from Japan. In fiscal 2019, the Company began recommending immunization for measles and rubella alongside previous recommendations for immunization for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus, and rabies. In regard to COVID-19, through a coordinated response between the Yamaha Group’s business continuity planning organization and industrial physicians, we were quick to impose business trip limitations on overseas bases while taking other measures to prevent the spread of this disease to employees, their families, and the community.

[ photo ] Bug zappers
Bug zappers
[ photo ] Air curtains to prevent entry by insects
Air curtains to prevent entry by insects
[ photo ] Pest extermination being conducted on Company premises (PT. Yamaha Electronics Manufacturing Indonesia, Indonesia)
Pest extermination being conducted on Company premises (PT. Yamaha Electronics Manufacturing Indonesia, Indonesia)

Health Support for Employees Stationed Abroad

In fiscal 2020, the regular health checkup rate among employees stationed abroad was 97.9%, falling just short of our target of 100%. For such employees, emails containing personalized advice from industrial physicians are sent together with the results of annual regular health checkups, and ongoing health guidance is provided in accordance with employees’ situations. In addition, industrial physicians and public health nurses visited two bases in Indonesia in fiscal 2020 to meet with employees stationed in that country and perform health consultations. Also, given that employees stationed overseas often face a great deal of stress, these employees have been submitted to the same stress checks as those at domestic Group companies since fiscal 2018 in order to confirm their mental state.

[ photo ] Meeting between employee stationed overseas and Yamaha Corporation public health nurse (PT. Yamaha Musical Products Indonesia, Indonesia)
Meeting between employee stationed overseas and Yamaha Corporation public health nurse (PT. Yamaha Musical Products Indonesia, Indonesia)

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 prior to being dispatched overseas, while their families also receive separate education programs.
Furthermore, for those taking international business trips for the first time, an orientation is held that covers safety education, including basic knowledge and measures for handling emergencies while abroad.

Fiscal 2020 Training Activities
Content Target Number of sessions Number of participants
Training prior to assignment overseas Employees 15

41

Employees’ families 6 19
Overseas business trip orientation Employees such as those going on an overseas business trip for the first time 6 108

Certification as White 500 in 2020 Certified Health & Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program

In March 2020, Yamaha Corporation was recognized, for the fourth consecutive year, under the large enterprise category of the Certified Health & Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program, organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Nippon Kenko Kaigi, while Yamaha Corporate Services Corporation was recognized for the third consecutive year. Through this program, companies that are advancing strategic initiatives from the perspective of employee health management are certified based on the results of health and productivity management surveys performed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. In 2020, the fourth year of the program, the requirements for inclusion in the prestigious White 500 category were made more rigorous, and only the top 500 scoring companies in health and productivity management surveys were included in this selection. Yamaha Corporation’s receipt of this honor was a reflection of the high evaluation of the Group’s employee health management initiatives, including performing regular health checkups, promoting good mental health, and implementing measures to prevent passive smoking.

[ logo ] Health and Productivity 2020 (White 500)