Occupational Health and Safety Management

Yaskawa strives to create a safe and healthy work environment for its employees by stipulating the health and safety of its employees in the “Yaskawa Group Code of Conduct” as follows.

Yaskawa Group Code of Conduct Guidelines

Based on this guidance, we ensure the safety and health of the workplace. We will comply with laws and internal rules regarding workplace safety.

In addition, we have established the following provisions in the collective agreement concluded with the labor union, and have established a system for labor and management to manage occupational safety and health, and are working to maintain a safe and healthy working environment.

Collective Agreement(Excerpt from “Chapter 6 Safety and Health”)

(Safety and Health Obligations)
Article 30 The Company shall, in accordance with the Labor Standards Law, the Industrial Safety and Health Law and other relevant laws and regulations, take necessary measures for the safety and health of union members.
Members shall comply with safety and health rules and cooperate with the Company’s actions.

(Safety and Health Committee)
Article 31 In order to achieve the purpose of the preceding article, the Company shall establish a Central Health and Safety Committee at the head office as an advisory body, and shall establish a Health and Safety Committee at each business site.
The Central Safety and Health Committee and the Safety and Health Committee shall be composed of industrial physicians, and half of the members shall be selected by the union.

(Periodical Checkup)
Article 33 The Company will conduct regular chekcups of its union members and, based on the results, will take measures necessary to maintain the health of the union members, such as changing the workplace or work, or shortening working hours.
Union members shall definitely undergo the checkups set forth in the preceding paragraph.

Occupational Health and Safety Promotion System

Yaskawa has appointed a company-wide general safety and health manager to oversee safety and health activities, and the Central Safety and Health Committee meets twice a year. The Committee consists of an equal number of members from labor and management, and representatives from each business site and group companies participate as observers. Based on the policies determined by the Central Safety and Health Committee, each business site and Group company determines, manages, and operates its own policies in the monthly Safety and Health Committee meetings. Specifically, they include the dissemination of disaster cases and their countermeasures, the confirmation of matters pointed out by patrols and the contents of improvements, the reporting of near-miss incidents, and measures against long working hours. In particular, we have been studying measures against infectious diseases this fiscal year.

Occupational Health and Safety

Based on the concept of an occupational health and safety management system, each workplace prepares work standards and conducts education and training, risk assessment, and accident prevention activities in daily work. We also conduct internal audits to ensure that these activities lead to the achievement of our health and safety policies and targets, and provide thorough guidance on the items pointed out by the health and safety committees at each business site to make further improvements. As a result, the frequency rate of occupational accidents in our company has remained below the average for the same industry.

  • *Frequency rate: Indicates the frequency of occurrence of accidents by the number of casualties due to industrial accidents per one million gross hours of actual work.
    Calculation method: (Number of casualties due to industrial accidents/gross hours of actual work) × 1,000,000

  • Health and safety patrol

Implementation of occupational health and safety measures

・By carrying out regular patrols by industrial physicians and health managers, we are working to raise the awareness of safety among those who point out and those who are inspected.

・We are working to ensure that employees submit near misses *.

・In the second half of fiscal 2019, we established safety patrols at our plants and offices in order to enhance inspection based on expert knowledge.

・The following safety and health education programs are implemented.

Training are provided at the time of employment, when work contents are changed, when work standards are established or changed.
Safety and health education for employees within three years of employment
Safety and health education for employees handling specified chemical substances
Special education for workers engaged in dangerous or harmful work
Education corresponding to workplace accident trends

*Events that could lead to future major disasters or accidents

Employee Health Support

With regard to various medical examinations, we take into full consideration the related laws and characteristics of examinations, and strive to implement them organically and efficiently, from grasping the working environment and selecting the subjects, to conducting the examinations and taking follow-up measures. We provide health guidance and education focusing on lifestyle and employment support as well as prevention of work-related illness.

Mental Health Measures

We consider psychiatric disorders and disabilities, as well as other diseases, to be diseases that can occur to anyone, and provide support in terms of daily life and work as necessary.
As part of measures to deal with psychological stress, which has various effects on employees’ health and lives, we use a stress check system and provide feedback to individuals and the workplace based on the results.

Support for People on Sick Leave to Return to the Workplace

When employees return to their workplace after taking long leave due to inevitable sickness or injuries, we prepare the maximum possible physical support structure and physical environment to support them in collaboration with the individuals, as well as their superiors, the administration department, and the industrial doctor.

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