Occupational Health and Safety - Prevention of Occupational Accidents

For zero occupational accidents

We are making improvements to achieve inherent safety in reference to past occupational accidents and promoting preventive measures with a focus on risk assessment.

In 2021, there were six lost-time incidents involving employees of the Resonac Group and its partner companies (in Japan). By type, getting caught in equipment, collisions and falls showed a tendency to increase. We are continuously implementing the following measures to prevent the occurrence and reoccurrence of such accidents.

  • We have set guidelines for risk assessment and carry out risk assessments on occupational health and safety and on chemical substances to reduce the related workplace risks and prevent chemical substance-related incidents.
  • In 2022 we started to conduct activities to improve our risk management. Specifically, in order to conduct risk assessment in a more exhaustive manner, we are working to identify risks from a multifaceted perspective.
  • In order to nurture a culture of safety and build a safety foundation, we are making effective use of the Active Safety*1 checklist and foster related activities.
  • In order to gain deeper insight into the fundamental causes of occupational accidents that have occurred and to promote inherent safety, we are adopting an engineering analysis method. We also collect, analyze and share information about minor incidents as well as lost-time and non-lost-time incidents to prevent their reoccurrence.
  • For the development of human resources with high safety awareness, we are reviewing our safety education system and working to provide employees with more educational opportunities.
  • In consideration of the fact that incidents involving elderly workers, such as falls, show a tendency to increase, we are holding seminars on preventing falls, which include physical tests and exercise, and are also launching measures in reference to the “Age-Friendly Guidelines” set by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
  • We share information across the company about past incidents in the form of a “Safety Calendar” through emails and promote safety sensitivity and awareness by making better use of past examples.
  • We enhance safety education by using risk simulation facilities and provide non-technical skills*2 education. Moreover, we are making preparations to provide employees with hands-on experience of past incidents through a VR system.
  • We continuously give support and safety instructions to partner companies through proactive opinion exchange via the safety council, joint patrols and RC audits of the companies, thereby helping our partners enhance their safety activities. For workers engaged in short-term construction on our premises, we confirm their safety measures in advance, provide them with adequate safety education for their work on the premises, conduct on-site patrols and hold safety meetings for the safe completion of the work.
  • *1 Active Safety activities: Activities in which we analyze past incidents and disasters and summarize the lessons learned from them in the “Active Safety checklist,” and then make use of the list to identify related risks and as an educational material to prevent the reoccurrence of similar incidents
  • *2 Non-technical skills means general skills that workers (and their instructors) need to have to prevent human error and ensure safety, including the skills to understand the situation, communicate effectively, and provide leadership.

Lost time incident rate (LTIR)*3

  • *3 Lost time incident rate (LTIR) = (Number of deaths and injuries)/(total working hours) × 1,000,000
  Former Showa Denko (non-consolidated) Former Showa Denko (consolidated in Japan) Former Showa Denko Materials (non-consolidated)
2017 0.39 0.22 -
2018 0.16 0.07 -
2019 0 0.59 -
2020 0 0.08 0
2021 0.16 0.16 0.09

Results
Lost-time and non-lost-time incidents involving employees of Group companies and partner companies in Japan

  • * Including data for former Showa Denko Materials for 2021
  • 2018 Lost-time incidents: 4 Non-lost-time incidents: 5
  • 2019 Lost-time incidents: 15 Non-lost-time incidents: 4
  • 2020 Lost-time incidents: 3 Non-lost-time incidents: 8
  • 2021 Lost-time incidents: 6 Non-lost-time incidents: 11

(Breakdown: 5 lost-time and 7 non-lost-time incidents at former Showa Denko and 1 lost-time and 4 non-lost-time incidents at former Showa Denko Materials)