Health and Safety

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 Safety and Health Management Policies & Rules, which can be found below, and we aim to continually enhance the level of our health and safety.

Standards and Basic Policy for the Group Safety and Health Management Policies & 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.

Activity Policies, Targets, and Performance
  Activity policies (Key points of activities) Targets for Fiscal 2022 Fiscal 2022 Performance
Occupational safety Prioritize health and safety over everything
  • Less than 54 total occupational accidents
  • Zero accidents resulting in fatalities or casualties
  • 64 total occupational accidents
  • 3 accidents resulting in fatalities or casualties
Transportation accidents Eliminate accidents largely attributable to negligence and practice defensive driving
  • Less than 48 total transportation accidents
  • Zero serious accidents attributable to negligence during business activities
  • 60 total transportation accidents
  • 8 serious accidents attributable to negligence during business activities
Health management Improve health management and workplace environment to ensure safety in the workplace
  • Regular health checkup rate consistently at 100%
  • Regular health checkup rate of 100% for four consecutive years

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 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. 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 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.

Video message from the president
Explanation of fiscal 2021 activities and fiscal 2022 policies from a business unit head

Acquisition of Certification for Occupational Health and Safety Management System

The Group Safety and Health 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.

ISO 45001-Certified Sites

  • 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 Music India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Note: Certification has been acquired for 11 (73.3%) out of 15 musical instrument and audio equipment production sites (as of April 30, 2022).

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.

In fiscal 2022, the number of occupational accidents at domestic Group companies and overseas production sites was 64 (of which 36 required time off from work), higher than the target of 54, and there were no fatalities.

[ graph ] Occupational Accident Frequency Rate

Potential injuries that may occur at the Yamaha Group, particularly at production sites, include cuts and scratches as well as employees becoming clamped by or caught in factory equipment or machinery, falling, or being involved in other accidents. Safety inspections of machinery and equipment are performed to prevent such occupational accidents. The Group also conducts 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. As well, certain jobs present a risk that employees may suffer from lower back pain, cervicobrachial disorders, or poisoning, coniosis, or other disorders as a result of coating, grinding, or polishing processes. With the goal of preventing such disorders, specialized health examinations are administered to employees engaged in specified work processes in a targeted and effective manner. The employees taking part in these examinations are confirmed twice a year to avoid applicable employees from 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 stringent defined limits than those stipulated in legal requirements.

  • *1 Self-directed health and safety diagnoses entail self-evaluations looking at approximately 80 items to ascertain compliance status and guide self-improvement efforts.

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.

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. 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.

Remote risk assessment (PT. Yamaha Musical Products Asia)

Safety Monitoring

In addition to on-site surveys at ISO 45001-certified sites, 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.

Details of 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. Based on the results of diagnoses, Yamaha Corporation health and safety managers provide feedback and give support for improvement measures. In fiscal 2022, diagnoses were carried out at 46 sites.

Health and Safety Education

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 health and safety, transportation safety, and health management. In fiscal 2022, these sessions spanned a total of around two and a half hours (over two sessions) and were attended by 127 participants.

In addition, information exchange forums for safety staff are held at overseas production sites (in China and Indonesia) in order to share information on rules and activities and to facilitate standardization with this regard. In fiscal 2022, monthly discussions were held in China regarding matters such as progress in acquiring ISO 45001 certification, frameworks for utilizing information on accidents within the Yamaha Group at other sites, and other activities for preventing accidents. Meanwhile, three discussion forums were held in Indonesia to share information on COVID-19 cases and infection prevention measures among work sites. In fiscal 2022, all meetings took place remotely for the purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19 as we continued efforts to share information among work sites.

Remote information exchange forum (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.

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, Yamaha Corporation 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.

In fiscal 2022, there were no occupational accidents associated with processes that entailed the handling of chemical substances.

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.

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.

Takuya Nakata
    President and Representative Executive Officer
April 2018

[ image ] Yamaha Group Health Declaration

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 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 2022, 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.

[ image ] regular health checkups are the start line, not the goal.
  • *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.

Mental Healthcare

In order to maintain the mental health of its workers, Yamaha Corporation 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, a return-to-work support program was introduced in 2009 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. This program was greatly expanded in 2012 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.

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 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 leave for mental disorder, 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 was completely prohibited on the premises of the Company’s headquarters in April 2020 and later on the premise 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 11.1% in fiscal 2022.

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

By prohibiting smoking at all domestic Group companies and providing advice for quitting smoking and individualized care when desired, the 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 including Group companies is shown on the Social Data page.

The Yamaha Group’s smoke-free slogan

Measures for Preventing 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 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 for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus, rabies, and measles and other prevention measures are recommended prior to departure from Japan.

In fiscal 2022, the Yamaha Group continued to promote teleworking and basic precautions for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in response to the ongoing global pandemic. In addition, we encouraged early vaccination, and approximately 7,500 employees elected to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at their workplace in July 2021. Elsewhere, we worked together with the government of Indonesia to provide vaccinations for employees as well as for members of their families and subcontractors (factory workers, janitors, cafeteria workers, drivers, etc.) at Group business sites. These activities and the relevant information were shared with domestic and overseas Group companies via the intranet to encourage global action as a united “One Yamaha.”

Air curtains for preventing entry by insects
Cafeteria partitions for preventing infection via airborne droplets
Employees undergoing vaccinations at a business site in Indonesia

Health Support for Employees Stationed Abroad

In fiscal 2022, 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.

Online consultation with a Yamaha Corporation industrial physician by an employee stationed abroad (PT. Yamaha Musical Products Indonesia)

Health Management Support for Employees Stationed Abroad

In 2021, we began arranging online health consultations for employees stationed abroad as part of our efforts to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Information is shared between local managers and healthcare staff to help entrench this practice, and the results have manifested in the forms of increased understanding of situations at overseas sites and higher 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.

Online health consultation for employees stationed abroad

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 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.

Fiscal 2022 Training Activities
Content Target Number of sessions Number of participants
Training prior to assignment overseas Employees 15 44
Employees’ families 7 32
Overseas business trip orientation Employees such as those going on an overseas business trip for the first time 0 0

nclusion in 2022 Health & Productivity Stock Selection and Certification as White 500 Enterprise in 2022 Certified Health & Productivity Management Organizations Recognition Program

In March 2022, Yamaha Corporation was included, for the first time, in the Health & Productivity Stock Selection organized jointly by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE). Launched in 2015, this program is designed to recognize companies among those listed on the TSE that exhibit excellence in practicing health and productivity management, in which an enterprise focuses on and strategically carries out efforts with regard to their employees’ health from a management perspective. In addition, Yamaha Corporation and its subsidiary Yamaha Corporate Services Corporation were certified as White 500 enterprises in the 2022 Certified Health & Productivity Management Organizations Recognition Program organized by METI and Nippon Kenko Kaigi. This honor is thought to be a reflection of the high evaluation of the Group’s employee health management initiatives, such as providing regular health checkups (in the month of employees’ birthdays) and mental healthcare support at in-house health clinics and greatly reducing the rate of employees smoking through support for quitting smoking.

[ logo ] Health & Productivity Stock Selection
[ logo ]  Certified Health & Productivity Management Organization Recognition—White 500 Category