Occupational Health and Safety

Approach to Occupational Health and Safety

The NAGASE Group's basic philosophy is "respect for people" in all of its business activities, and we regard occupational safety and health as one of the important prerequisites for promoting business activities. By actively implementing occupational safety and health activities, we are promoting activities aimed at continuous improvement, creation of safe, bright and comfortable workplaces, and zero accidents and disasters.

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, and Health and Productivity Management

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 responses to emergency situations (e.g. accidents, incidents, disasters) so that employees may be reassured that they can work safely, 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 specific situations 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.

We hold the Employee-Management Health Committee once a month to discuss topics for the improvement of working environments, including inspections of workplaces, and health, while receiving advice from industrial physicians. We also make efforts to improve the health of employees and working conditions through carrying out stress checks and questionnaires by the Health Committee.

System chart for promoting occupational safety and health and healthful management

Specific initiatives

Nagase ChemteX Corporation conducts risk assessments in accordance with the Risk Assessment Operation Rules when installing or remodeling facilities, and when introducing or changing raw materials. As a chemical plant that uses a large number of chemicals, we conduct chemical risk assessments to confirm the safety of products that start production at existing facilities, focusing on the risk of fire, explosion, and abnormal reactions.

At Hayashibara Co., Ltd., we use the Human Resources and General Affairs Risk Assessment Survey Chart to identify improvement priorities and residual risks. We monitor the status of improvement by periodically recording the evaluation results and improvement status in a ledger.

The NAGASE Group has established the Group Manufacturing Industry Cooperation Committee to promote improvement activities for non-financial items such as safety, quality, and environmental management at Group manufacturing companies, and to build a standard manufacturing management system for the entire Group. The Manufacturing Industry Cooperation Committee shares this information with each company and works to raise awareness. (Examples of occupational accidents, accidents that did not result in occupational accidents, measures against heat stroke, measures against handling heavy objects, etc.) In addition, the Japan Association of Safety and Health Consultants conducts occupational safety inspections at least once a year.

Occurrence of occupational accidents

The causes of occupational accidents in FY2020 included the following: pinched by / caught in machinery: 5 cases; stepping off, tripping, or falling: 5 cases; and bumping: 7 cases. The Group Manufacturing Industry Cooperation Committee checks the number of risk assessments (RA) and near-miss incidents (HHT) related to occupational accidents over the years to help prevent occupational accidents and increase the risk sensitivity. In addition, the Committee promotes group cooperation in human resource development, such as training for managers, the development of equipment and infrastructure, support for ISO 45001 initiatives, and the sharing of examples from other companies to establish and thoroughly implement measures to prevent the recurrence of similar accidents in each workplace.

Objectives of occupational safety and health

Boundary Targets for FY2020
NAGASE Group Quantitative:
Number of occupational accidents: zero
Frequency rate: maintain 1.00 or less
Frequency of work-related accidents: 1.00 or less (by FY2023)

In FY2021, we aim to conduct at least four occupational safety diagnoses and follow-ups at priority follow-up sites by expert consultants in order to achieve the KPI.

Health and Productivity Management

The NAGASE Group has formulated and announced the NAGASE Health Declaration to support the maintenance and improvement of the health of Group employees and is promoting this declaration. This concept applies not only to Group employees but also to all stakeholders involved in corporate activities.

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 encourages measures for maintaining and promoting the health of each employee in cooperation with labor and management, through the collaboration and consultation with the Health Promotion Office of the Human Resources & General Affairs Division and the Labor Union, with the Representative Director and President of NAGASE & CO., LTD. at the top.

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 environment surveys as a basis for employee-management talks regarding creating a more enjoyable workplace environment.

Policy for reducing long working hours
Policy and guidelines for safety and health and health promotion

NAGASE & CO., LTD. has established and is implementing the following policy and guidelines for safety and health and health promotion to reduce long working hours.

Purpose of policy and guidelines for safety and health and health promotion

Employees: maintain and manage their own health to work physically and mentally and provide sound labor.
Company: support employee to ensure safety and health by promoting safety and health and health promotion activities.

Measures and specific initiatives

Medical support for employees stationed abroad

The NAGASE Group has business operations around the world, and we recognize the importance of addressing the three major global health problems: HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria. Employees stationed abroad are required to undergo pre-assignment medical examinations and vaccinations, health examinations during assignment, and medical examinations after returning to Japan in accordance with the overseas employee regulations.

Strengthening promotion of the Quit Smoking Challenge

The World Health Organization (WHO) has made a theme of the relationship between COVID-19 and tobacco, and there has been a worldwide increase in public awareness of the need to quit smoking and prevent passive smoking. The NAGASE Group promotes the Quit Smoking Challenge for employees and their families. The company subsidizes the actual cost of the outpatient smoking cessation treatment up to a maximum of 20,000 yen until the treatment is completed.

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

Supporting Mental Health

Mental health counseling / Mental health training / Job reinstatement support / Stress checks

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

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.

Our Benefit Programs for Work Style Reforms

Systems and measures Overview
Spouse maternity leave Leave granted on the day of the spouse's delivery
Flexible work (For employees engaged in research and development) Work methods that allow employees to autonomously determine their own arrival and departure times according to their work schedule.
Refresh leave Leave for employees who have worked for the Company for 15 years to refresh their mind and body.

Promotion of remote work

As a response to COVID-19, NAGASE & CO., LTD. recommends staggered commuting by shift work to prevent infection during commuting. We also aim to improve productivity and achieve a work-life balance through a hybrid work style that combines office work and remote work, with the aim of working from home up to two days per week.

Data on occupational health and safety / health management