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We are promoting various health and safety activities that are derived from our basic stance of giving the highest priority to protecting the safety and health of employees.
The Occupational Health and Safety Promotion Committee is held every year. The committee undertakes various initiatives, including sharing information on work-related accidents with group companies, issue reports on activities, and create health and safety plans.
In addition, the committee sets up subcommittees, trains employees to be in charge of promotion occupational safety and health activities, conducts technical reviews and mutual inspection tours. The committee also assists in the establishment of management systems at each Hitachi Construction Machinery Group companies and for acquisition of OHSAS18001* certification.
HCM and each of its Group companies have established their own in-house Safety and Health Committee. These committees share information on occupational injuries along with safety and health and regularly hold discussions on countermeasures. HCM’s Safety and Health committee comprises members including a representative from the company’s labor union. This ensures that initiatives are carried out in a concerted effort involving both labor and management.
*OHSAS18001: International standard for establishing and operating occupational safety and health management systems
We aim to reduce risks that exist in the work place by having all of our employees thoroughly practice safety first, and by actively promoting safety and health activities based on our occupational safety and health management system. We also look to promote mental health care. We aim to do this by establishing an energetic workplace environment where employees feel comfortable and safe to work, in part by carrying out invigorating communication.
The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group is promoting and supporting the establishment of safety and health management systems, as well as activities aimed at acquiring OHSAS18001 certification at all its domestic and overseas group companies.
In FY2014, the scope of certification, including certification within the group*, was expanded to all domestic group manufacturing companies. The occupational safety and health management system is an important mechanism for preventing occupational accidents by identifying the source of danger through risk assessment. It is our goal to further strengthen the foundation of our business by implementing effective risk control. We are also embarking on measures ahead of the adoption of a new international standard, ISO 45001.
*Certification within the group: OHSAS 18001 certification is acquired after screening and evaluation by a certification body. The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group’s internal certification is performed by certifiers dispatched by Hitachi Construction Machinery headquarters to conduct screening and evaluations. The content of measures up to the building of the OHSAS 18001 system is the same as that conducted by the certification body.
Sites with OHSAS18001 system
We believe that the fundamental basis for safety and health activities is to genuinely promote occupational safety and health training and conduct field inspections.
We are implementing safety training, mainly for leaders that are in the position of offering guidance to protect inexperienced employees from work-related injuries and accidents. We are also promoting training for employees at our manufacturing sites as well as employees dealing with indirect operations. This simulation-based training enables employees to understand the importance of being able to predict danger.
In FY2018, we aim to fortify activities for the purpose of ongoing maintenance and management of work-related injury measures so as to not repeat similar accidents in the future.
There were 45 work-related accidents that occurred at Hitachi Construction Machinery in fiscal 2017, which marked an increase of 30 compared to the previous year. More than 60% of these accidents involved newer workers with fewer years of experience. As a result, we are carrying out emergency measures to review work procedures and improve safety patrols, among other solutions. There were 50 work-related accidents at our Group companies in Japan, and of these 19 occurred in manufacturing divisions and 31 in sales and services divisions.
Every day we are working diligently to ensure the safety of our employees, with safety the top priority under our basic stance of “prioritizing health and safety in every aspect of our work.” However, we must now return to the basics to focus on further utilizing our occupational health and safety management system and reinforcing preventive safety based on risk assessments. At the same time, we will faithfully also implement safety measures taking into account past accidents as well as work to thoroughly eliminate the potential for accidents. The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group stands committed to raising the bar of its health and safety activities by carrying out health and safety audits globally, including at our subsidiaries outside of Japan.
The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group shares the achievements of the safety and health activities carried out by Hitachi Construction Machinery and its domestic group companies. The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group Safety and Health presentation is held once a year for the purpose of utilizing the activities conducted by the group.
In July of FY2017, we held a presentation, which including innovative safety activities at domestic group business sites and research results on alleviating workload.
The HCM Group is promoting initiatives for health and productivity management to contribute to measures for the mental and physical health of employees and their families and for prolonging the healthy years of workers’ lives. We believe that creating a healthy and comfortable environment that boosts work productivity and assists in health maintenance and advancement and where employees can contribute their skills is an important theme for management to address. In October 2017, we released a declaration on health and productivity management issued in the President’s name.
Health and productivity constitutes the very foundation of our recent initiatives for work style reform and work-life management. We focus on making employees’ work a healthy and comfortable everyday occurrence.
In FY2017, a working group of the safety and health committee took the lead in organizing the walking seminar (November 2017), inviting outside speakers to attend this event that incorporates the ideas and views of employees. In addition, a group walk was held (January to March 2018) in which departments formed teams that competed against one another in terms of the number of steps taken during a pre-determined period. We will continue to promote initiatives to prevent lifestyle diseases and for stopping smoking together with our Health Insurance Association as part of our ongoing actions to reinforce and promote activities for health and productivity management.
In February 2018, HCM and Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra were recognized under the 2018 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program – White 500 (large enterprises segment) implemented by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Nippon Kenko Kaigi.
“Health and productivity management” is a registered trademark of the Workshop for the Management of Health on Company and Employee.
Health and productivity management promotion members of Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra
Recognizing the importance of mental health care, the HCM Group continues to carry out activities focused on four aspects of care based on the guidelines published by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. We have conducted stress checks annually from before they were required by law. These checks have enabled us to raise awareness among employees about stress, create a comfortable work environment, and promote the use of hotlines staffed by professional counselors. In FY2017, stress checks were performed in November, with approximately 9,000 employees across the HCM Group in Japan receiving one. Stress checks represent an important initiative linked with our health maintenance and advancement measures and deeply correlated with measures to prevent overwork and provide appropriate solutions and guidance by physicians.
Additionally, we strive to carry out activities with an eye on both employees and their families, including self-care training targeting all employees, line-care training for managers including discussions on improving the workplace, support for employees returning from leave, and health counseling support, including for families, through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
Our employees represent an irreplaceable asset. Going forward, we will aim to become a company where all of its employees can work in a healthier and more comfortable environment, and we will strive to improve the overall quality of industrial health, including mental health care.
Self-care training in progress
Learning materials handed out during self-care training