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A highly motivating work environment that is safe and secure for employees is indispensable to enhancing corporate value. The HCM Group not only protects employees from occupational injuries and health problems, but also works on providing workplace environments that take into account work-life balance.
The HCM Group complies with laws and regulations related to working hours applied in each region, takes into consideration work-life balance, and makes efforts to curb overworking.
Hitachi Construction Machinery has established targets to keep overtime work of indirect workers to less than 15 hours per month on average and to ensure that all employees take at least 17 days of annual paid leave every year, by fiscal 2020.
Also, with the goal of promoting work-life balance more, in January 2017 we organized a talk on work-life balance jointly with the Hitachi Construction Machinery Labor Union at Tsuchiura Works. The concept of work-life balance entails using the synergistic effects of work and life to make both more enriching. For this reason, Hitachi Construction Machinery jointly held this talk involving both labor and management because of the importance of equally supporting both work and a person’s private life. We invited Ms. Sachiko Horie of Work-Life Balance Co., Ltd. to give the talk. During her presentation, she gave concrete advice regarding work-style innovations and concepts, among other information.
We will continue to carry out various health and safety activities to help prevent occupational injuries.
The talk on work-life balance
Starting in December 2015, as part of measures in the workplace for mental health, it has become mandatory for employees to undergo stress checks that identify their psychological burden at least once annually. Given this, the HCM Group is carrying out comprehensive mental health measures based on a complete understanding of the purpose of this requirement.
Specifically, following the Guidelines on Maintaining and Improving the Mental Health of Workers published by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, we create a management policy on mental health every year. Under this policy, we systematically carry out four initiatives focused on self-care in which employees take the lead in preventing and mitigating stress, line care where manager-level supervisors provide instructions and counseling to workers under their supervision, utilization of the in-house hotline for mental health, including harassment, and the introduction of an employee assistance program (EAP) using outside counselors.
Recognizing that mental health is an important theme that requires proactive efforts, we will continue to plan and implement various measures that aim to further improve the healthy lifestyles of our employees.
The HCM Group has in place the Health and Safety Promotion Committee, which manages the health and safety activities of the entire HCM Group. It also shares information on occupational injuries, reports on its activities, and prepares plans. Working subcommittee are set up under this committee that develop promotion managers for occupational health and safety, conduct technical reviews, and carry out reciprocal patrols. This ensures that we are committed to creating workplaces where employee safety is the top priority, including improving work safety and our ability to predict dangers.
We are supporting efforts to obtain “OHSAS18001” certification for the establishment and operation of occupational health and safety management systems. We have begun preparations aimed at obtaining ISO 45001 certification, which is a new international certification for occupational health and safety management systems that will be issued in 2017 and onward.
In FY2016, we worked on reducing the number of occupational injuries globally, but the number of injuries at manufacturing-related departments increased. In particular, the number of injuries at manufacturing-related departments in Japan increased by 14 incidents. Carrying out safety education for improving our fundamental ability to predict dangers, in which dangers are considered dangers and acted upon, represents an urgent task.
In FY2017, we will once again work on further elevating safety awareness, compliance with basic rules, and ensuring work safety by following the correct work procedures. At the same time, we will conduct risk assessments for identifying latent dangers and then implement systematic and concrete measures. Furthermore, we are working to further reduce injuries by utilizing global health and safety audits, which are conducted regularly.