Occupational Health and Safety

The Yokogawa Group has introduced an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS*1) and is pushing forward continuous improvement of levels of activities related to occupational health and safety and reduction of risks. It is making efforts to improve the level of occupational health and safety, including activities to eliminate and reduce potential risks through risk assessment, as well as periodic evaluation and review of the activities through internal audit. Yokogawa is also enhancing the effectiveness of its mechanism that combines the activities going on from the past, such as analysis of and countermeasures against near-misses and health and safety patrol, with these activities.

*1. Occupational Health and Safety Management System

Yokogawa Group OHS Policy

In recognition that occupational health and safety are a basis for the management of the Yokogawa Group, the Group shall pursue the following initiatives to promote, create and maintain health and safety for its personnel involved.

  • Establish and promote an occupational health and safety management system
  • Observe the laws and regulations relating to occupational health and safety
  • Seek to eliminate or lessen risks to occupational health and safety by first assessing their danger level
  • Promote open communications with Yokogawa Group personnel, customers, shareholders, members of the local community, and contractors to maintain occupational health and safety system
  • Provide the education and training to Yokogawa Group personnel
  • Invest management resources appropriately, perform audits on a regular basis and make continual improvements in the Yokogawa Group occupational health and safety system.

 

OHSMS Structure Chart
OHSMS Structure Chart

Operation of the Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS)

Recognizing that "occupational health and safety are a basic responsibility of the management," the Yokogawa Group implements OHSMS to ensure the occupational health and safety of all of its employees and its contractors. Improvements are made in phases, with constant assessments to eliminate or minimize potential risks. Regular evaluations and reviews of the activities are also done through audits. The effectiveness of the system has improved by combining conventional activities, such as safety patrols, and countermeasures against occupational incidences and near misses.

OHS Objectives of Yokogawa Group

  1. Elimination or reduction of occupational accidents
    Secure safety and promote health for personnel involved
  2. Establishment, maintenance and improvement of occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) is;
    (1) To make continual improvements in OHS activities, through implementation of PDCA cycle and sharing OHS activities information
    (2) To conduct risk assessments in all Yokogawa Group Companies, for eliminating or reducing risks
    (3) To maintain OHS at its current level or improve it by carrying out OHSMS audits
  3. Observation of laws and regulations
    Observe all OHS-related laws and regulations
  4. Conduct of OHS activities is;
    (1) To maintain and/or improve OHS control level
    (2) To build awareness of traffic safety
    (3) To provide OHS training
    (4) To conduct fire and evacuation drills
  5. Disclosure of OHS information
    Communicate openly with Group personnel and the local community about OHS activities and results
     

Occupational Health and Safety Education and Training

To maintain and improve all levels of activities throughout and eliminate occupational accidents, persons in charge, committee members and newly appointed personnel are educated through health and safety committee workshops, as well as on-site safety training at customer plants and factories. The group companies also conduct first-aid/lifesaving training courses, commuter-accident response drills, etc.

Evacuation drill carried out in HSE Week (Yokogawa Middle East & Africa)

Lifesaving Training (Yokogawa Electric Corporation)
 

Occupational Incident and Accident Data

The Yokogawa Group has been globally gathering and analyzing information on occupational accidents experienced by Group companies on a quarterly basis to eliminate/reduce occupational accidents and improve the quality of activities thus implemented. The information is provided group-wide on the intranet to prevent similar accidents.

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Frequency rate of days lost to injury*1

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Frequency rate of occupational accidents*2


*1 Frequency rate of days lost to injury: (number of occupational accidents with lost days / total working hours) × 1,000,000
*2 Frequency rate of occupational accidents: (number of occupational accidents / total working hours) × 1,000,000
 

Health Management

As a policy to maintain and promote the health of our employees, Yokogawa Electric has been working on work styles that are free from time and local restrictions, improvement for a comfortable office environment, management of working hours and health development programs.
In September 2016, we established the "health declaration" as a common basic policy of the group on health management in order to further accelerate various efforts on employee health from the viewpoint of health management.
Our efforts of existing health maintenance and promotion measures accompanied by the pillar of "health declaration" received a certification of "2017 Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program (White 500)," which was given to large-scale corporations that practice excellent health management by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Nippon Kenko Kaigi in coordination with health insurance societies.
We will develop a promotion system for health management and strive for its improvement by evaluating it in a quantitative and qualitative manner. We will also aim to increase the productivity of the whole group, enhance employees' motivation and reduce healthcare expenses by conducting activities throughout group companies.
 

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Promotion of EAP for a Healthy, Rewarding Company Life

We introduced "the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)" which is designed to help employees who can avoid a state that cannot be fully exhibited the original capacities due to health problems and change of life stage so that they can exhibit continuously high performance.

In Yokogawa's EAP, we establish a comfortable working environment while performing a review of the system to suit the current situation and support the employees from both sides of the mental-health and the career. It is our goal to ensure a healthy, fulfilling work environment for all our employees.

Key Activities under EAP

Education/PR Utilize e-mail and web pages to provide relevant information that will help employees gain a better understanding of mental health.
Group training Training for all employees (voluntary participation) and hierarchy-based training to strive for mental health prevention and early detection of stress.
Stress check Based on the results of the stress check, identify causes of stress in the workplace. Implement employee-led programs and activities, with the Company's support, in order to prevent, contain and remove these causes so as to ensure a more comfortable workplace.
Assistance for
returning to work
To care for the employee who suffers from mental health problems or takes a leave of absence for recuperation, and to ensure the smooth reinstatement of those who return to work after recovery so as to prevent them from falling into the same problems again, we have implemented a system to provide proper support for each individual or workplace depending on the seriousness of the condition or situation.
Health Development
(Health Promotion)
For the purpose of physical and mental health promotion of employees, it has been implementing the "health development (health promotion)" by improving the living habits and exercise habits. Physical exercise is also effective in the prevention of mental disorders as well as physical illness, we are supporting the health promotion of employees so that the employees themselves to check their health status and care the body.
Consultation We have a system to help our employees seek consultation within the company or from external institutions specialized not only in mental health but also in various areas of human relationships, career issues, sexual harassment, power harassment, and the discrimination including LGBT.
 
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