In its CSR Policy, SMM states “According safety the highest priority, SMM shall provide safe, comfortable working environments and seek to eliminate occupational accidents,” and we are aiming to achieve this.
Therefore, the Vision for 2020 depicts “a company that accords safety the highest priority and provides comfortable working environments,” stipulating concrete targets.
We promote safety-related activities under a basic policy to nurture a safety culture and ensure thorough safety management through the line of command.
Moreover, providing comfortable working environments includes ascertaining levels of dust, noise, specified chemicals and organic solvents, making necessary improvements to those environments, and enhancing occupational health management.
The executive officer supervising the Safety & Environment Control Department is responsible for matters relating to health, safety and the environment, and coordinates health and safety management for the SMM Group. Also, each sector of our Head Office organization and each workplace will have assigned a health and safety officer in charge of functional coordination relating to health and safety issues.
The general manager of each workplace is appointed health and safety manager for that workplace, as provided for by the Japanese Industrial Safety and Health Act. Health and safety management is advanced within the organization according to instructions given by the health and safety manager of each workplace.
Constructive discussions on ways to improve health and safety in the workplace take place during meetings of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee comprising representatives from both labor and management.
One of the annual Occupational Health and Safety Committee meetings
Holding improvement case study presentations, lectures, and training intended to be implemented at each workplace
Safety-related activities in CY2015 were conducted with a focus on the following measures:
To raise the effectiveness of measures, we implement safety activities in conjunction with education through group activities with content from the Anzen Dojo. Safety activities are also advanced by employees of the SMM Group together with contractors.
Health-related activities during 2015 were pursued under the following themes:
Under a labor-management agreement concerning dust, visual display terminals (VDT), lead and noise, procedures for preventing illness and taking action when illnesses occur are set forth.
Chemical substance regulations have been strengthened, and refractory ceramic fibers were designated as Specified Chemical Substances in 2015. We held briefings about these fibers for engineering sections on legal compliance and informed departments involved. Going forward, we will obtain information on revisions of laws and regulations that will continue to toughen, including adding risk assessment obligations and expansion of chemicals subject to the risk assessment.
On-site hazard simulation—Chain entanglement
The SMM Group’s practical training facility, the Oji-kan, commenced a range of hazard simulation courses in January 2010. By December 30, 2015, a period of roughly six years, a total of 7,000 Japan-based SMM Group employees and 3,600 contractor employees had undergone training there.
To make it possible for all employees at each of our business sites, including top management, to take part in training at the same time, the facility has been conducting on-site practical hazard simulations since July 2013. In 2015, 1,200 people took part in on-site courses. Workplaces also use the Oji-kan’s facilities for their own independent safety training courses.
Even overseas workplaces make good use of the Ojikan. Every year, around 15 employees from Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC) and THPAL in the Philippines visit the facility to take part in hazard simulation courses. The Pogo Gold Mine in Alaska, the United States also sends a number of officers each year to tour the facility and apply what they learn to safety activities at the mine.
Tours of the Oji-kan facility are also actively provided to other companies and organizations. Every year, a large number of them come to visit the facility to exchange information.
Our Safety & Environment Control Department has held the SMM Anzen Dojo (lit. safety training center) since 2013 to enhance the risk sensibility of all SMM Group employees, provide hazard simulations, and to bring up the level of safety activities at each workplace. The Anzen Dojo trains personnel to become safety experts and leaders at their respective workplaces. These safety leaders, with knowledge and sensibility, return to their workplaces to take part in planning, and running education and activities about safety for all workers, in small groups. This makes it possible for workplace safety activities to be implemented more effectively and efficiently.
Anzen Dojo training (seven-hour spring course)
In 2015, the Anzen Dojo was held twice, and safety leaders learned about intrinsic safety for equipment, how to prepare an Ikisatsu Diagram,(*) basic communication skills, and decline in physical functions due to aging and countermeasures. This completed the six-session Anzen Dojo program, and 60 safety leaders from 49 workplaces completed the whole course.
In 2016, we will run sevenhour courses in spring and fall to upgrade and maintain the level of current safety leaders in addition to holding a short Anzen Dojo program with three sessions aimed at supplementing and increasing the number of safety leaders.
The total number of occupational injury accidents occurring at workplaces in Japan was an all-time best of eight (frequency rate: 0.62) in 2015, and there two lost-time accidents, which was also lower than in 2014.
There were seven injury accidents (frequency rate: 0.96) at overseas workplaces. The frequency rate for Japan and overseas was 0.74, and no fatal accidents occurred. There were no new instances of occupational illnesses at workplaces either in Japan or overseas. Note that this data was collected during the calendar year, January to December 2015.
|Year||Item||SMM non-consolidated||Group companies||Total|
|Lost time accidents||1||1||2|
|Working days lost||2||74||76|
|Lost time accidents||1||3||4|
|Working days lost||50||118||168|
|Lost time accidents||0||1||1|
|Working days lost||204||97||301|
|Lost time accidents||0||3||3|
|Working days lost||9||172||181|
|Lost time accidents||1||4||5|
|Working days lost||313||60||373|
Although the number of accidents in the SMM Group has been falling over the long term as a result of various safety-related activities, accidents are being repeated due to similar unsafe activities and unsafe situations, thus requiring initiatives to be improved if we are to achieve our goal of halving the 2015 number.
In 2016, in addition to taking even stronger leadership on safety and health by the general manager of each workplace and effective utilization of safety leaders, we will continue to implement safety-related activities in line with the role of each level of our organization to nurture a culture of safety.