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Occupational Safety and Health

Assurance of Safety and Health at Workplaces

Explicitly Ensuring Occupational Health and Safety in the Global Compliance Code

Sysmex's Global Compliance Code clearly states the Company's goal of "ensuring occupational health and safety," and we are conducting a number of activities in this vein.

Sysmex Group Global Compliance Code (Excerpt)
8-4 Assurance of safety and health at workplaces

We shall comply with laws and regulations related to workplace safety and health to ensure every Officer/Employee works with peace of mind, and shall maintain and enhance the mental as well as the physical health of every Officer/Employee in a safe and comfortable working environment.

Promoting Cooperation between Executives and Employees on Safety and Health

To ensure the health and safety of its employees, Sysmex Corporation has formulated Safety and Health Regulations and strives to create a safe working environment. In fiscal 2016, we established the Central Safety and Health Committee, which targets Group companies in Japan and meets twice each year. This committee aims to reinforce and enhance domestic Group companies’ occupational safety and health systems. To this end, the committee formulates policies and targets, ascertains the status of occupational health at individual business sites, considers improvement measures and reports its results to executives via the Risk Management Committee. The committee has set companywide safety and health targets for fiscal 2017: zero work-related injuries and the promotion of health management for an increase in employee vitality and productivity through investment in improving employee health. Initiatives are to be carried out mainly by Safety and Health Committees at each of our companies and offices.

Health and Safety Committee meetings are held regularly at each office. In addition to examples of near misses and occupational accidents, the committee tours workplaces to identify risks and, from a risk management perspective, determine causes and deliberate short- and long-term countermeasures.

As preparation for an accident or sudden illness, employees are given training on emergency measures, how to evacuate when an accident occurs and how to handle machinery and raw materials that are potentially dangerous. We conduct training on the use of AEDs and hold regular courses to train citizen emergency response personnel. In addition, we hold initial-response drills that involve checks to be performed in the event of a disaster— ensuring and confirming employees’ safety, checking the disaster status of offices and customers, and sharing information on the status of product supplies.

In fiscal 2016, the frequency of work-related injuries was 0.53 (3 injuries, 0 deaths) and the severity rate was 0.09.

Frequency of Work-Related Injuries / Severity Rate (Sysmex Corporation)
Frequency of Work-Related Injuries / Severity Rate (Sysmex Corporation)

Preventing Overwork

Sysmex focuses on reducing long working hours, which can impair physical and mental health. In addition to complying with related legislation, we have in place internal standards for working outside regular hours or on holidays that are stricter than the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Employees who exceed these standards are required to communicate this fact to their superiors, improve their operations, submit a voluntary check form and, if necessary, meet with an industrial physician.

Overseas Example (Americas): Obtaining Certification under OHSAS 18001*

Sysmex Brazil has acquired OHSAS 18001 certification, an international standard for occupational health and safety management systems.

* OHSAS 18001: This standard, issued in 1999 based on BS 8800, which was, developed by the British Standards Institute (BSI) in 1996, consists of some 30 certification bodies and standardization organizations in various countries.

Overseas Example (China): Making Factory Workplaces Safe and Comfortable

Left: Wearing a safety belt while working  Right: Placing raw materials in a tank while wearing a safety belt

Left: Wearing a safety belt while working
Right: Placing raw materials in a tank while wearing a safety belt

At Sysmex Wuxi, one of two reagent factories in China, we have introduced personnel management based on OHSAS 18001. In 2016, to ensure employee safety we introduced an arrangement whereby employees wear safety belts when placing raw materials in factory tanks. We also established a Health and Safety Committee, worked to ascertain the status of work-related injuries and engaged in numerous initiatives, including operational improvements and disaster drills.

At our other Chinese regent factory, Jinan Sysmex, we have sought to create an environment where employees can work in safety and comfort by ensuring that the workplace is both safe and clean. For example, we have mechanized the conveyance of heavy products in the aim of reducing workplace accidents. We also use natural lighting in workplaces, which has a refreshing effect, to create bright and healthy-feeling spaces. We have expanded our employee welfare facilities, such as the dining hall and recreation areas, and made a biotope and walkways that impart a refreshing natural feeling.

Maintaining and Improving Health

Maintaining and Improving Employees' Health

“Companies that excel in health management” (White 500)

“White 500” logo for the companies that excel in health management”

Sysmex Corporation believes that maintaining and improving employees’ physical and mental health is an essential part of creating a safe and comfortable workplace. We encourage employees to undergo thorough physical examinations and cancer tests for women, in addition to regular health checkups, for the early detection of illness. As a company in the business of handling medical instruments, our employees could come into contact with infectious substances in the course of their duties. For this reason, in addition to statutory special health examinations we conduct our own medical checkups twice each year that include testing for hepatitis B and C. In December 2015, we registered as a partner company in the Cancer Screening Corporate Action*1 and Know about Hepatitis*2 projects. In November 2016, we signed the Agreement to Promote an Increase in the Rate of Cancer Screening with Hyogo Prefecture.

Ahead of amendments to the Industrial Safety and Health Law requiring stress tests, since fiscal 2009 employees have undergone annual Kokoro no Health Checks to confirm mental health, uncover any harassment-related situations and determine changes over time. Results are reported to executives via the Human Resources Committee and provided as feedback to vice presidents and executive vice presidents, helping to improve divisional operations and the workplace environment. . In fiscal 2015, we expanded the scope of these initiatives to all Group companies in Japan.

Furthermore, we provide channels for health consultations throughout the Company, and have in place systems where employees can meet with industrial physicians and public health nurses. We also have established an employee assistance program (EAP), enabling employees to seek help easily.

For newly appointed managers, we conduct training on such topics as harassment—including LGBT*3, personnel administration and the Workers Dispatch Act. We have set up an internal and external reporting desk (Campanula Lines) as a system that anyone can use to make a report. Kokoro no Health Checks are also performed annually to confirm mental health and to uncover any power harassment or sexual harassment-related situations. Feedback is provided to management, and this information is used for training vice presidents, so it can be reflected by them and their divisions.

Should long-term leave become necessary, we have as safety nets leave systems that can be used on an intermittent basis and a long-term leave system. We also provide economic compensation and have introduced a system to ease employees back into the workplace when they recover, providing an environment where they can work with confidence.

As welfare facilities to encourage health maintenance, on the grounds of the Solution Center Sysmex provides sports grounds and tennis courts, as well as a gymnasium with training equipment, along with systems for ongoing assistance in using sports facilities. We hold events and seminars to raise employee awareness of physical health maintenance, and employee cafeterias offer healthy menu options.

As a result of these activities, in February 2017 we were recognized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for excellence in health management of “companies that excel in health management” (White 500).

*1 This project is undertaken on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. The ministry aims to raise Japan’s cancer screening rate to 50% through workplace initiatives.

*2 The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare campaign aims to encourage early detection and treatment by disseminating easy-to-understand information about hepatitis and the importance of testing for the hepatitis virus.

*3 Acronym referring to sexual minorities (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender)

Holding Health Events

Sysmex promotes campaigns aimed at heightening employee awareness of health. In fiscal 2016, Sysmex conducted a health campaign in which fresh vegetables from a JA Vegetable Event were provided to employee cafeterias (five times). Between April and June, the Company provided menus designed to reduce stress, as well as menus considered to effective at preventing lifestyle diseases. The Company’s cafeteria operator and employees hold cafeteria committee meetings each quarter in an effort to maintain and enhance employee health.

In addition to these initiatives, as required we provide employees with information on health management, such as making them aware of ways to prevent influenza.

Overseas Example (Americas): Placing a Fitness Room That Is Free to Employees

Fitness room

Fitness room

To encourage health awareness, Sysmex America provides a fitness room that employees are free to use.

Each year, the company pays health and fitness allowances to help employees purchase any equipment they may need. Furthermore, Sysmex America subsidizes health checks and influenza vaccines.

Overseas Example (EMEA*): Improving Health through Sports

Sysmex Gym

Sysmex Gym

In fiscal 2014, Sysmex Europe opened the Sysmex Gym, fitted out with various types of sports equipment. The gym offers training in various sports, including kick-boxing and pilates. To foster an interest in sports among numerous employees, the gym offers entry-level training by professional coaches, and specialists provide massages, creating an environment where gym-goers can enjoy maintaining their health.

Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Overseas Examples (Other): Examples of Initiatives

Overseas Group companies are also involved in a variety of other initiatives to contribute to employee health, in addition to those outlined above.

Company Activity
Sysmex UK Establishment of a 24-hour counseling system
Stress risk assessment performed by third parties
Sysmex Shanghai New establishment of an internal training room
Sysmex Vietnam Conducting sports activities targeting all employees
Sysmex Korea New establishment of an internal training room and “refresh” room
Sysmex Partec Provision of sports courses that employees can participate in during lunch or after work
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