Occupational Safety and Health

In 2006, the Yokogawa Group established the "Yokogawa Group Safety and Health Policy" and began implementing the Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS). Since 2007, the Yokogawa Group has implemented the OSHMS in each of its companies to promote a higher level of safety and health by making continual improvements through risk assessment and other methods.

FY2017 Yokogawa Group OSH Policy
In recognition that occupational safety and health are a basis for the management of the Yokogawa Group, the Group shall pursue the following initiatives to promote, create and maintain safety and health for its personnel involved.

  • Establish and promote an occupational safety and health management system
  • Observe the laws and regulations relating to occupational safety and health
  • Seek to eliminate or lessen risks to occupational safety and health 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 safety and health 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 safety and health system.

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

Recognizing that "occupational safety and health are a basic responsibility of the management," the Yokogawa Group implements OSHMS to ensure the occupational safety and health 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.

The Yokogawa Group companies globally share the same occupational safety and health objectives for all workers, including contractors. Moreover, 35 Yokogawa Group companies have acquired certifications in compliance with OHSAS18001*1, which is internationally recognized.

*1. Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series. A certification standard for Occupational Safety and Health Management System.

FY2017 Yokogawa Group OSH Objectives

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


OSHMS Structure Chart
OSHMS Structure Chart

Yokogawa Global QHS (Quality, Health & Safety) Meeting

Yokogawa Global OSH Meeting is basically organized with participants from Yokogawa group companies as a part of Global QHSE Meeting.

In the meeting kinds of themes are shared and discussed in order to promote safety awareness to employees and to improve OSH quality level in Yokogawa Group: Risk Assessment, Training/Education and their material, Case Study, etc.

Discussion at the meeting
Discussion at the meeting

Occupational Safety and Health 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 safety and health 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)

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

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 since 2007, when it introduced OSHMS, as part of an effort to eliminate/reduce occupational accidents and improve the quality of activities thus implemented.

A few major account customers, globally active, require their vender OSH monitoring.
Yokogawa provides Occupational Incident Index of Yokogawa group companies quarterly for their analysis.
Yokogawa group companies being responsible for their projects, conduct project safety program including Risk Assessments at various milestones of project engineering and services.

Frequency Rate of Occupational Accidents

Frequency Rate of Occupational Accident=(No. of occupational accidents with lost days / 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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