Building a Structure for Safety, Health and Disaster Prevention
Promoting various activities based on the "Basic Safety and Disaster Prevention Policy"
The Brother Group’s Basic Safety and Disaster Prevention Policy stipulates: "‘Safety first’ shall be the cornerstone of all operations. We shall try to create a comfortable working environment that allows all our associates to feel safe and work in good health. Safety culture shall be established at the same time." In accordance with this basic policy, the Brother Group continuously works to prevent disasters, injuries, and illnesses among employees and to create a comfortable workplace under the leadership of the Central Safety, Health, and Disaster Prevention Committee, which consists of the heads of the respective facilities of Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) in Japan.
At all group facilities in Japan, the chairperson of the Central Safety, Health, and Disaster Prevention Committee conducts regular patrols, and the members of the Safety, Health, and Disaster Prevention Committee of each facility also conduct patrols to check the status of safety, health and disaster or accident prevention in workplaces.
There were no lost work time injuries reported at BIL’s main facilities in Japan during FY2016 and FY2017.
Frequency rate of lost work time injuries*1
- Number of deaths and injuries from work-related accidents/Number of working hours x 1,000,000
- BIL’s main facilities in Japan
- Source: Survey on industrial accidents provided by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan
To ensure safety and health, BIL every year provides risk prediction training, safety and health education, and so forth based on the plans of respective facilities. The education includes e-learning courses designed for all BIL employees and programs tailored to employees who engage in specialized operations, such as the handling of chemical substances.
Meanwhile, BIL also carries out disaster prevention activities at its respective facilities to minimize damage if a disaster happens. These activities include the consolidation of the company’s disaster prevention organization, evacuation drills, initial firefighting training, and lifesaving training using an AED (automatic external defibrillator), and the legal inspection of fire protection equipment.
In 2007, BIL concluded a memorandum of understanding on support and collaboration in case of a large-scale disaster with its local community through the mediation of a local administrative body, and since 2014, BIL has been conducting evacuation drills jointly with a neighboring nursery school with which it signed another memorandum.
In March 2018, at the head office of BIL, the company conducted training for disaster office establishment, with the president serving as chief of the office and the general managers of respective departments and the Workplace Safety and Disaster Prevention Group of BIL's Human Resources Department serving as members of the office. Simulating the aftermath of a predicted Nankai Trough Earthquake, they conducted an exercise, ranging from information collection, such as the number of injured employees and the extent of building damage, to the issuance of instructions by the office’s chief to address critical issues.
Promoting Safety, Health and Disaster Prevention Activities on a Global Scale
Information sharing and risk visualization
In the Brother Group’s main manufacturing facilities outside Japan, the Workplace Safety and Disaster Prevention Group of BIL's Human Resources Department, which acts as the secretariat of the Central Safety, Health, and Disaster Prevention Committee, conducts regular patrols and audits to increase the level of safety, health and disaster prevention and develop local staff at respective facilities.
The Brother Group shares information about occupational accidents occurring in its main manufacturing facilities in and outside Japan on its intranet, and thus making available information about such accidents and countermeasures against them at all group facilities. Each facility applies these countermeasures to its workplaces in order to prevent the same or similar accidents from occurring. In FY2017, in an effort to show at a glance the degree of the potential hazards of equipment used in its production sites, the Group visualized the risks of the equipment which was judged to have residual risks above a certain level even after the risks found by a risk assessment were eliminated.
Number of occupational injuries reported at main manufacturing facilities outside Japan (including lost work time injuries and non-lost work time injuries)
In December 2017, the Brother Group established the "Regulations of system and control for disaster prevention of the Brother Group" to ensure the safety of employees and workplaces when a fire breaks out.
This regulation is composed of three sections: (1) "fire prevention management" to take precautions against fires; (2) "firefighting management" to minimize damage from fires; and (3) "personal safety management" to ensure the safety of employees.
The Brother Group will apply this regulation to its main factories outside Japan sequentially.
The Brother Group actively continues to promote safety, health and disaster prevention activities, aiming to achieve zero accidents and provide employees with a safer and securer working place.