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 policy, the Brother Group is committed to preventing disasters, injuries, and illnesses among employees and to creating a comfortable workplace under the leadership of the Central Safety, Health, and Disaster Prevention Committee, which is chaired by the safety, health, and disaster prevention officer of Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) and composed of the officers of the respective group facilities in Japan.
At the manufacturing facilities of the Brother Group, there have been no fatal occupational injuries over the past five years. In FY2019, the Brother Group aims for zero serious injuries (including fatal injuries, injuries involving 30 or more days away from work, and injuries with permanent damage) in those facilities.
At each group facility in Japan, the chairperson of the Central Safety, Health, and Disaster Prevention Committee and the members of the Safety, Health, and Disaster Prevention Committee of each facility conduct regular patrols to check health and safety conditions and disaster preparedness in workplaces. There were no lost-time injuries reported at BIL's main facilities in Japan during three years from FY2016 to FY2018.
Frequency rate of lost-time injuries*1
- Number of deaths and injuries from work-related accidents/Number of working hours x 1,000,000
- Source: Survey on industrial accidents provided by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan
- BIL's main facilities in Japan
To ensure safety and health, BIL annually provides risk prediction training, safety and health education, and so forth based on the plans of the respective facilities. As for the education, BIL offers e-learning training for all BIL employees. In FY2018, 3,906 employees, which represented more than 93% of the intended participants, took the training. BIL also conducts an educational session for new employees every April. In FY2019, this session was held with 84 new employees, the full participation of the intended participants. For mid-career or newly-hired temporary employees, BIL holds educational sessions once a month. The sessions held in FY2018 had 102 employees, involving all of the intended participants. Furthermore, BIL delivers programs tailored to those engaged in chemical handling and other special operations. As for the driving of company cars, employees are required to receive both permission to drive from the company and traffic safety training. Each of the Brother Group facilities outside Japan implements education for new and mid-career employees.
Regarding preparation for disasters, BIL has been making efforts to minimize damage caused by possible disasters at its respective facilities. Such efforts include the consolidation of disaster prevention organizations, 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 the event of a large-scale disaster with its local community through the mediation of a local administrative body. In addition, since 2014, BIL has been conducting evacuation drills jointly with a neighboring nursery school with which BIL signed a memorandum.
Since 2016, BIL has been conducting training for setting up a disaster headquarters at its head office. In March 2019, this training was conducted with the president serving as chief of the established headquarters and the general managers of BIL's departments and the Workplace Safety and Disaster Prevention Group of BIL's Human Resources Department serving as members of the headquarters. Simulating the aftermath of the predicted Nankai Trough Earthquake, they conducted an exercise, which ranged from information collection, such as the number of injured employees and the extent of building damage, to the issuance of instructions by the headquarters' chief to address critical issues.
Promoting Safety, Health and Disaster Prevention Activities on a Global Scale
Information sharing and risk visualization
At 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.
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.
The group annually holds the Brother Safety and Prevention Convention in Japan and honors overseas manufacturing facilities which have implemented excellent safety and disaster prevention activities and presents such activities to facilitate information sharing among the group facilities.
Since FY2017, the group has been engaged in an effort to make the degree of the potential hazards of equipment used in its production sites obvious at a glance. In this effort, the degree of the hazards of such equipment is visualized if it is judged to have residual hazards above a certain level even after safety measures based on a risk assessment are taken.
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.
These regulations are 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 these regulations to its main manufacturing facilities outside Japan sequentially.
Some manufacturing facilities, including Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd. and Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc., have obtained external certiﬁcation, such as OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001. On an employee-number basis, 36% of the entire Brother Group had acquired such external certification as of the end of March 2019.
Number of occupational injuries reported and yearly incident rate at main manufacturing facilities outside Japan (lost-time injuries and non-lost time injuries)
Incident rate: (number of occupational injuries/number of employees) x 1,000
The Brother Group will actively continue to promote safety, health and disaster prevention activities, aiming to achieve zero accidents and provide employees with a safer and securer working place.