Approach to Occupational Health and Safety

We believe occupational health and safety is a fundamental prerequisite for promoting business activities, since “to enrich the lives of our employees” is our Management Philosophy. By actively taking initiatives to ensure occupational health and safety, we are continually improving and maintaining a safe and comfortable work environment.

Basic Occupational Health and Safety Policy

  • The NAGASE Group and each of its employees work together to ensure a safety-first work environment without any accidents or incidents.
  • We shall strive to eliminate the seeds of injury and illness from the workplace in building an environment where employees may work assured of their health and safety.
    We focus particularly on prevention against global health phenomena such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.
  • We shall comply with all laws and regulations related to occupational health and safety, as well as any concurring requirements.
  • This policy shall form the target for activity development and execution, with regular reviews to continuously improve the methods and results of our activities.
  • We shall invest management resources appropriately based on resolutions of the Board of Directors in order to effectively leverage occupational health and safety management systems.

Promotion System for Occupational Health and Safety

Ensuring the health and safety of its employees across all workplaces is a key responsibility for the NAGASE Group as a corporate entity.

We shall strive to construct an all-encompassing system for health management and response to emergency situations (e.g. accidents, incidents, disasters) so that employees may be reassured that they can work, in the hope that all employees in our domestic and overseas workplaces, and their families, are safe and healthy.

Further, as it pertains to accident risk at production sites, we shall implement a number of measures in our health and safety activities, including implementing initiatives based on the specific situation at each site, in order to prevent workplace injuries to the fullest extent. In the event that injury occurs, we shall act swiftly to respond, and also use the incident as a learning opportunity, taking a variety of measures to improve our level of health and safety management.

Health and Productivity Management

The Group aims to realize a sustainable world where people live with peace of mind. We believe that the most important measure for achieving this is ensuring the physical and mental wellness of our employees, which constitute Group assets, as well as their families. To this end, we formulated and unveiled the NAGASE Health Declaration in 2018 in support of improving the health of the Group employees. We are currently promoting initiatives in line with the declaration.

NAGASE Health Declaration

The NAGASE Group seeks to realize a sustainable society where people can live with peace of mind. To that end, it is of the utmost importance to ensure that the Group's key assets - its employees and their families - are healthy, both in body and mind. The Group therefore formulated and unveiled the NAGASE Health Declaration in 2018 in support of maintaining and improving the health of Group employees. The Group continues to promote initiatives in line with the declaration.

Policies and Initiatives

1. Supporting Physical Health
  • Health examinations (regular physical exams, lifestyle disease exam, periodic checkups, medical exams for overseas assignees, including employees returning temporarily or permanently)
  • Specific Health Checkup and Specific Health Guidance
  • Cancer examinations
  • Mail-in cancer examinations
  • Dental checkups
  • Influenza vaccinations
  • Medical treatment and work-balance support
  • Support for women’s health
  • Distribution/access to household medicines
  • Family health counseling
  • Access to Best Doctors service
2. Supporting Mental Health
  • Mental health counseling
  • Mental health training
  • Job reinstatement support
  • Stress checks
3. Health Promotion
  • NAGASE club activities
  • In-house massage rooms
  • Walking events
  • No Smoking Day
  • Smoking cessation support
  • Encourage the use of daycare facilities
  • Measures to reduce excessive work hours
  • No Overtime Day (weekly)
  • Publish overtime hours by department

On Recognition as an Outstanding Health and Productivity Management Organization

NAGASE & CO., LTD. was recognized as an Outstanding Health and Productivity Management Organization (a White 500 company) for 2019 by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry and the Nippon Kenko Kaigi (Japan Health Conference).
The White 500 system, based on health promotion initiatives by the Nippon Kenko Kaigi, commends organizations that practice particularly outstanding health management.

Measures for Work Style Reforms

To increase the productivity of the Group as a whole, we believe it is important to ensure each employee makes the most of their work hours with priority on productivity and efficiency, and to achieve work-life balance. Based on this idea, we are promoting discussions and taking initiatives aiming at achieving work style reforms. For example, the monthly meeting of the Employee-Management Health Committee includes discussions related to flexible work schedules, encouraging paid time off, and reducing overtime. The committee uses results of workplace surveys as a basis for employee-management talks regarding creating a more enjoyable workplace environment.

Our Benefit Programs for Work Style Reforms

Program Overview
Time Off for Spouse’s Childbirth Time off to be present at spouse’s childbirth
Flextime (for R&D employees) Employees can choose when to start and finish work, depending on individual business needs
Time Off for Refreshing and Recharging Time off given to employees who have worked 15 full continuous years to refresh and recharge
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Expansion of Flextime System Scope to Employees Rearing Children or Providing Care

As one effort in the promotion of more flexible work styles for employees, we have expanded the scope our flextime system as of April 2017. Formerly, only employees connected to research at the Nagase R&D Center were eligible for this system. Now, employees who are rearing children or providing care are eligible.

On Labor Relations

The NAGASE Group supports fundamental guidelines such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and guarantees the basic labor rights of its employees. Further, the Group recognizes that labor unions have the three basic labor rights: the right to assemble, the right to collective bargaining, and the right to collective action.

We have established a forum for discussion between labor and management, seeking to share information on issues related to work conditions, environments, and so forth, and resolving issues in cooperation between both parties.
Overseas locations follow the labor regulations of their respective countries, and we strive to build positive management-labor relations with labor unions in these locations as well.

On Local Employment, Local Procurement

The NAGASE Group believes that employment of local personnel and procurement from local soruces in the countries and regions within the Group's network play an important role in building good relationships and contributing to local economies and communities. Based on this concept, we shall promote local employment and local procurement so that we may contribute to the development of these respective countries and regions.