Realization of an Attractive Workplace
Occupational Safety and Health
Assurance of Safety and Health at Workplaces
Explicitly Ensuring “Safety and Health at Workplaces” in the Global Compliance Code
Sysmex's Global Compliance Code clearly states the Company's goal of "8-4 Assurance of safety and health in the workplace" and we are conducting a number of activities in this vein.
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 Health and Safety Committee (meets twice each year), which targets Group companies in Japan. This committee aims to reinforce and enhance domestic Group companiesʼ 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 set companywide safety and health targets for fiscal 2017: zero work-related injuries, and the promotion of health and productivity management for an increase in employee vitality and productivity through investment in improving employee health. Each of our companies and offices worked to carry out these initiatives, centered on their Safety and Health Committees.
Health and Safety Committee meetings are held regularly at each office. In addition to examples of near misses, the committee tours workplaces to eliminate identified risks and, from a risk management perspective, determine causes and introduce preemptive short- and long-term measures.
As preparation for an accident or sudden illness, employees are given safety training on appropriate emergency and evacuation measures and how to handle machinery and raw materials that are potentially dangerous. We also hold comprehensive fire drills based on a hypothetical large-scale disaster. We conduct training on the use of AEDs and hold regular courses to train citizen emergency response personnel. In particular, we hold initial-response drills that involve checks to be performed in the event of a disaster: quickly confirming and ensuring employees’ safety, checking and sharing the disaster situation of offices and customers as well as the status of product supplies.
Sysmex Brazil has acquired OHSAS 18001* certification, an international standard for occupational health and safety management systems.
* 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.
Frequency of Work-Related Injuries / Severity Rate (Sysmex Corporation)
To prevent overwork, we focus 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. When employees exceed these standards, we will communicate this fact with their superiors and seek to make workplace improvements. We ask employees to submit a voluntary check form and, if necessary, meet with an industrial physician.
In April 2018, we began automatically recording when individual PCs were booted up and switched off in an effort to ascertain working hours. We also began training aimed at preventing overwork and introduced specific measures.
Promoting Health and Productivity Management
Maintaining and Improving Employees' Health
Sysmex Corporation believes that maintaining and improving employeesʼ 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 specifically 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 Action1 and Know about Hepatitis2 projects. We also trained employees who received education as hepatic medicine coordinators. In November 2016, we signed the Agreement to Promote an Increase in the Rate of Cancer Screening with Hyogo Prefecture.
Kokoro no Health Checks are also performed annually to confirm mental health and uncover any harassment-related situations. We track results over time and strive to make workplace improvements.
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.
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 fitness equipment, along with systems for ongoing assistance in using sports facilities. We hold events and seminars as needed to raise employee awareness of physical health maintenance. We have also introduced a “cafeteria plan3” which includes programs to promote health, and employee cafeterias offer healthy menu options. In commemoration of our 50th anniversary of establishment, in January 2018 we began soliciting global “personal health challenge declarations” from employees and developing health promotion measures.
As a result of these activities, in February 2018 we were recognized for the second time 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 Japanʼs 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 This is part of our system of welfare programs. Each year, the Company provides employees with “cafeteria points,” which they can use as they choose to pay the costs of specific types of welfare (to improve the work-life balance).
In addition to the efforts described above, overseas Group companies engage in a variety of measures to ensure employee health.
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