Sustainability Data

Employees’ Occupational Health and Safety

Work-Related Incidents (2020)

  • “Employees” includes employees and part-time workers from Group companies
Japan Overseas
Employees Non-employee workers Employees Non-employee workers
Number Rate Number Rate Number Rate Number Rate
Number of work-related fatalities and frequency rate
(Calculated per 1,000,000 hours, same applies below)
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of work-related injuries resulting in disability and frequency rate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of recordable work-related injuries and frequency rate*2 15 1.13 8 4.07 0 0.00 3 0.28
Main types of work-related incidents Explosions, getting caught between objects, getting tangled in objects, lacerations, contact with harmful substances, contact with high- or low-temperature objects, results of movements or unreasonable actions, stumbles, tumbles, impact injuries. Getting caught between objects
Cumulative hours worked 13,288,058 hours 1,966,000 hours*4,5 2,856,000 hours*4 10,620,000 hours*4,5
Number of potential incidents*3 20 7 0 1
Sources of work-related hazards that lead to dis-ability, and method of determination 1) Heavy loads, 2) chemicals, 3) high-temperature objects, 4) rotating objects, 5) electricity, 6) high places, 7) heavy machin-ery, 8) cylinders, 9) hand tools
Sources have been classified based on analysis into damage caused by incidents in the past.
1) Heavy loads, 2) chemicals, 3) high-temperature objects, 4) rotating objects, 5) electricity, 6) high plac-es, 7) heavy machinery, 8) cylinders, 9) hand tools
Applied based on the results of analysis of incidents in Japan
Incidents leading to disabilities and resulting from sources of work-related hazards, and actions taken or underway to eliminate these hazards using the hierarchy of controls*1
  • Chemical incidents (resulting in absence from work): Established a pro-cess for approving test production and experiment plans at the basic development stage.
  • Rotating object incidents (resulting in absence from work): Installed guard fences and proper footing.
  • Heavy load incidents (resulting in absence from work): Clarified grey areas, such as providing assistance.
  • High place incidents (resulting in absence from work): Reaffirmed and provided guidance regarding response to changes in action plans, including fourth-tier subcontractors.
N/A
Incidents resulting from other sources of workplace hazards and actions taken or underway to elimi-nate these hazards using the hierarchy of controls*1 N/A N/A
  • *1Hierarchy of controls: An approach for lowering risk to acceptable levels through prioritization as follows:
    Elimination of source of risk → Substitution of source of risk → Engineering controls → Administrative controls → Personal protective equipment
    Source: The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
  • *2“Recordable work-related injuries” is the total of injuries that required hospital treatment and resulted in absence from work and injuries not resulting in absence from work.
  • *3The number of minor incidents (visited the hospital but no treatment needed).
  • *4Estimated based on one person working 2,000 hours per year.
  • *5Total working hours of workers other than employees (those working at regular contractors) based survey numbers from May 2021. Calculated based on note 4 above.

Work-Related Ill Health (2020)

  • “Employees” includes employees and part-time workers from Group companies
Japan Overseas
Employees Non-employee workers Employees Non-employee workers
Number of fatalities as a result of work-re-lated ill health 0 0 0 0
Number of cases of recordable work-related ill health*4 0 *2 0 0
Main types of work-related ill health and method of determination As stated in the Japanese occupational health and safety laws and regulations
  • Pneumoconiosis
  • Ionizing radiation injury
  • Organic solvent poisoning
  • Damage caused by specified chemical substances (occupational cancer, skin damage, etc.)
  • Lead poisoning
  • Vibration-induced damage
  • Noise-induced hearing loss
  • Occupational dental problems (dental erosion, etc.)
As stated in occupational health and safety laws and regulations of each country*3
Sources of work-related hazards that lead to ill health
  • Dust
  • Ionizing radiation
  • Organic solvents
  • Specified chemical substances
  • Lead
  • Vibrating tools
  • Noise
  • Substances that erode the teeth (acids)
*3
Incidents resulting from sources of work-re-lated hazards leading to illness and actions taken or underway to eliminate these haz-ards using the hierarchy of controls*1
  • No work-related ill health occurred that required treatment
  • Implementing improvements to working environments at business sites, with Control Class 3 workplaces as a priority
  • Using a risk assessment database of chemical substances to prevent illness
No work-related ill health occurred that required treatment
  • *1Hierarchy of controls: An approach for lowering risk to acceptable levels through prioritization as follows:
    Elimination of source of risk → Substitution of source of risk → Engineering controls → Administrative controls → Personal protective equipment
    Source: The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
  • *2Under Japanese laws and regulations, for workers other than employees, this falls under the responsibility and management of the businesses that hire them, so while we provide leadership, we are unable to disclose information.
  • *3For overseas business sites, depending on the laws and regulations of each country, we investigate whether work-related ill health certification is present and the names of relevant laws and regulations, but we do not investigate details.
  • *4Regarding employees in Japan, we also record the number of workers who receive abnormal findings but do not require treatment (as this is personal information, it is not disclosed).

Occupational Health and Safety Management System (2020)

(SMM Group companies)

Japan Business Sites Overseas Business Sites
Ratio Number of employees*1 Ratio Number of employees*1
Workers covered by an Occupational Health and Safety Management System 100%*2 6,849 100%*2 1,431*4
Workers covered by an Occupational Health and Safety Management System subject to internal audits*3 100% 6,849 100% 1,431
Workers covered by an Occupational Health and Safety Management System subject to third party audits and certification 27% 1,837 6% 90
Japan Overseas
Business sites with third party certification [Certified business sites]
ISO 45001: Nippon Ketjen Co., Ltd.; Hishikari Mine; Hishikari Office, Mining Dept., Sumiko Resources Exploration & Development Co., Ltd.; Niihama Nickel Refinery
JISHA method OSHMS: Numazu Office and Tsukuba Office of N.E. Chemcat Corporation; Shinko Co., Ltd.; Ome District Division
[Business sites preparing for ISO 45001 certification]
Toyo Smelter & Refinery
Safety and production standardization (State Administration of Work Safety): Dongguan Sumiko Electronic Paste Co., Ltd.
Safety and production standardization (State Administration of Work Safety): Shanghai Sumiko Electronic Paste Co., Ltd.
Third party audit implemented by the Ministry of Labor: Taiwan Sumiko Materials Co., Ltd.

Regular contractors

Japan Business Sites Overseas Business Sites
Ratio Number of employees*1 Ratio Number of employees*1
Workers covered by an Occupational Health and Safety Management System 100%*2 983 100%*2 5,310
Workers covered by an Occupational Health and Safety Management System subject to internal audits*5 99% 979 100% 5,310
Workers covered by an Occupational Health and Safety Management System subject to third party audits and certification 2% 21 0% 0
Japan Overseas
Business sites with third party certification Certification acquired by one contractor of Hyuga Smelting Co., Ltd. (JISHA method OSHMS) None
  • *1Includes temporary employees covered by SMM Group occupational health and safety administration.
  • *2Japan: We have built an occupational health and safety management framework as stipulated by the Japanese Industrial Safety and Health Act, formulated policies, targets, and plans, and implemented a one-year PDCA cycle. Activities are carried out for each level of the organization and cover 100% of employees.
    Overseas: We have built the system in accordance with the occupational health and safety laws and regulations of each country.
  • *3Japan: Internal audits are implemented at each business site in turn by the business division with jurisdiction, the Safety & Environment Control Department, the Besshi-Niihama District Division Safety & Environment Control Center (Besshi District), or other organizations. The audits confirm each business site’s policy, targets, activity plan, and implementation status and ensure a PDCA cycle is being carried out.
    Overseas: The business division with jurisdiction carries out audits around twice a year in the form of patrols. Dongguan Sumiko Electronic Paste Co., Ltd. carries out an internal audit each year.
  • *4Workers at business sites covered by safety statistics.
  • *5Japan: While there are cases where some small contractors do not implement checks on the level of internal audits, contracting organizations offer guidance on occu-pational health and safety and carry out various patrols, and other measures, and the majority do implement checks on the level of internal audits.
    Overseas: At Coral Bay Nickel Corporation, internal audits take the form of patrols and contractor safety meetings led by the contracting organization. At Taganito HPAL, contractors implement internal audits or participate in patrols led by Taganito HPAL.

Identification of Hazard Sources, Risk Assessment, and Accident Investigation (2020)

SMM Group companies

Japan Business Sites Overseas Business Sites
Ongoing improvements to risk assess-ment (RA) process quality assurance and management systems We receive reports of hazards from employees through minor incident reports, morning meetings, informal dis-cussions, etc., and take necessary measures. RA is being introduced and we continuously make improvements in regard to risk at business sites. The effectiveness of these is reviewed as appropriate.
Processes for employees to report haz-ards and employee protection methods We receive reports of hazards from employees through minor incident reports, morning meetings, etc., and take necessary measures. We receive reports of hazards from employees through minor incident report forms, oral reports, etc. and take necessary measures.
Methods for protecting employees carry-ing out work that might lead to illness or injury In addition to RA, we reduce risk through methods including various patrols, work observation, hazard pre-diction training, and mutual attention. In addition to RA and hazard prediction activities, we reduce risk through methods including patrols.
Accident investigation and countermea-sures and system improvement processes When accidents occur, we consider and deal with each case through the accident reporting database which stipulates a process that includes, investigating the characteristics of the hazard source and any back-ground factors, and formulating countermeasures. Mea-sures tackling the hazard source are handled according to the hierarchy of controls (in the same way as risk assessments, etc.), which prioritizes measures targeting equipment. Investigations and countermeasures are implemented in accordance with systems at each business site including case studies and horizontal development. Measures tackling the hazard source are handled according to the hierarchy of controls, which prioritizes measures targeting equipment.

Regular contractors

Japan Business Sites Overseas Business Sites
Ongoing improvements to risk assess-ment (RA) process quality assurance and management systems A similar in-house process as the contracting organiza-tion is used. (In some cases, using the contracting organization’s process.) At Coral Bay Nickel Corporation, some contractors are introducing RA initiatives such as 10-second employee hazard prediction, and at Taganito HPAL Nickel Corpora-tion, some are introducing RA.
Processes for employees to report haz-ards and employee protection methods A framework is in place to ensure implementation of necessary measures and provide reports in areas such as minor incident and points on which to take note. A framework is in place so that if either the contracting organization or contractor discovers information such as minor incident, they will contact each other.
Methods for protecting employees carry-ing out work that might lead to illness or injury In addition to RA, various patrols are implemented by the contracting organization and measures are taken as necessary. Measures implemented center on hazard prediction activities. Measures such as patrols by the contracting organization are also implemented.
Accident investigation and countermea-sures and system improvement processes A similar process as the contracting organization is used. (Also using the accident reporting database of the contracting organization.) Either checks are made by the contracting organization following consideration of the case by the contractor, or the contracting organization works with the contractor to implement an investigation, counter measures, and improvements. Measures tackling the hazard source are handled according to the hierarchy of controls, which prioritizes measures targeting equipment.

Provision of Occupational Health and Safety Services (2020)

Japan Business Sites Overseas Business Sites
Hazard simulations An experience simulating a hazardous situation. Repeated training is being held based on actual conditions at business sites. Employees from contractor companies participate in this training. We also cultivate instructors. Once a year a total of about 15 employees from Coral Bay Nickel Corporation, and Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation receive hazard simulation training in Japan. However, this was cancelled in FY2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anzen Dojo Up to 2018, Anzen Dojo training was held at each business site (on topics such as mechanisms that lead to incidents) and contributed to activities at these business sites such as education. At Coral Bay Nickel Corporation, and Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation, Japanese employees receive safety training that incorporates Anzen Dojo content twice a year when the relevant business division implements safety patrols. In FY2020, training was carried out remotely.
An organizational structure and regulations, including safety managers, qualified personnel, and training plan Required by Japanese laws and regulations. Managed by each business site. A person responsible for health-related matters is employed in accordance with the occupational health and safety laws and regulations of each country.
A working environment management framework Required by Japanese laws and regulations. Managed by each business site. Required by the occupational health and safety laws and regulations of each country.
Medical examinations (general, specific, specialized), radiation exposure management, action on results of health checkups, and an insurance guidance framework Required by Japanese laws and regulations. Managed by each business site. All employees receive regular medical examinations (once a year).
Mental health-related checkups, consultations Required by Japanese laws and regulations. Managed by each business site. Japanese employees use systems provided by SMM.
Industrial doctors, health advisors, nurses, etc. (including health consultations) Implemented in accordance with the Japanese Industrial Safety and Health Act or agreements are arranged with industrial doctors accordingly. Managed by each business site. At Coral Bay Nickel Corporation, and Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation, industrial doctors are commissioned in accordance with Japanese laws and regulations.
Internal workshops, small group activities Small group activities are held for all employees for purposes such as improving communication or enhancing hazard awareness through education and the sharing of disaster case studies, which may include the incorporation of content from Anzen Dojo. Initiatives are implemented accordingly by each business site.
Lectures from external instructors (life-saving and first aid, traffic accident prevention, etc.) Red Cross first aid courses, life-saving courses by the fire department, traffic safety training by the police, etc. Managed by each business site. Employees are sent out to first aid, health and safety, and other seminars.
Emergency rooms and equipment (life-saving and first aid, including AEDs, measures for pandemics or infectious diseases, etc.), an emergency contact network There is also an emergency contact network covering the entire company. Managed by each business site. Each business site implements measures such as the installation of emergency rooms, AED, and first-aid kits, and the maintenance of an emergency contact network.
Break rooms Provided at business sites as needed, in line with policies related to measures to create a comfortable work environment. Considerations such as heat stroke are taken into account. Also, break rooms have been provided to ensure prevention of passive smoking. Managed by each business site.
Dining halls (nutritionists) Can be used by all employees at business sites where they are available. Dining halls installed or made available at each business site.
Laundry rooms Can be used by all employees at business sites where they are available. Laundry rooms have been provided within Coral Bay Nickel Corporation and Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation plants. At some business sites, the washing of work clothes is outsourced.
Bath/shower facilities Can be used by all employees at business sites where they are available. Installed at Coral Bay Nickel Corporation, and Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation.
Company housing and dormitories Can be used by all employees at business sites where they are available. Provided at Coral Bay Nickel Corporation, and Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation.
Suggestion boxes Can be posted through the SMM bulletin board. Internal reporting phone lines are also available. Managed by each business site.
Management of personal information Required by Japanese laws and regulations. Managed by each business site.

Examples of other services provided

Japan Business Sites Overseas Business Sites
Tackling lifestyle-related disease and promo-tion of health Thorough medical checkups (health insurance union subsidies available), other. These are available to all employees at business sites where they are available. Health promotion activities are also implemented at each business site. Managed by each business site.
Medical and healthcare services not directly connected to operations Mental health (external eMe) guidance for procuring medication, guidance regarding test kits (external organization). At Coral Bay Nickel Corporation, and Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation, we have installed on-site medical offices where treatment can be received free of charge. We also have a sub-sidy system covering visits to external medical facilities.
Voluntary health promotion services and programs provided to tackle major health risks not directly connected to operations Workers have access to occupational health services and health guidance is provided by industrial doctors. Individual programs are being implemented at Coral Bay Nickel Corporation, and Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation.

General Education and Training Regarding Occupational Health and Safety (2020)

Japan Business Sites Overseas Business Sites
SMM Group companies Education is provided as stipulated in the Japanese Industri-al Safety and Health Act (new employee training, special education, training when starting hazardous or potentially harmful operations, etc.) and places for gaining qualifications are provided. Risk response training, such as accident response, is also provided. Implemented and managed accordingly by each business site.
Regular contractors Education is provided as stipulated in the Japanese Industri-al Safety and Health Act (new employee training, special education, training when starting hazardous or potentially harmful operations, etc.). Accident response and hazard simulation drills are also carried out at some business sites. Coral Bay Nickel Corporation, and Taganito HPAL Nickel Cor-poration only: Education is provided during operation halts, etc.