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Occupational Safety and Health

Occupational Safety and Health Management

“Safety Knowledge” booklet

“Safety Knowledge” booklet

Striving to ensure the safety and health of its associates, the Akebono Group established the Occupational Safety and Health Management Structure, with the aim of thoroughly addressing various risks related to its operations, including disasters, accidents and other emergencies.
Placing the utmost emphasis on securing the safety of our personnel, we have set the rules that allow no newly recruited associate or contract worker to engage in actual operations unless they have undergone the required safety education. We also distribute Need-to-Know about Safety Knowledge, a booklet summarizing important safety issues, to all associates to raise their safety awareness.

akebonoAkebono’s Safety and Health Management Structure

Akebono’s Safety and Health Management Structure

Initiatives in Each Location

Akebono maintains a disaster prevention system based on our business plans. We also operate internal risk management projects to ensure production continuity at the time of earthquakes and other natural disasters.

Global Head Office Disaster Prevention System (Nihonbashi Building, Tokyo)

With the building being equipped with seismic isolation devices and power generators that can provide electricity for 72 hours, and the boardroom having a fire suppression control panel and emergency broadcast microphone installed, the head office can function as an emergency control center in case of a disaster.

Safety Seminars

Safety Seminar

Safety Seminar

To raise safety awareness among workers, Akebono holds safety seminars at production departments in all our locations. The seminars cover, among other topics, proper work clothes, work discipline, danger prediction and safe driving.

Emergency Drills and First Aid Training

Resuscitation training at Akebono Brake Yamagata Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

Resuscitation training at Akebono Brake
Yamagata Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

At Akebono we regularly carry out emergency drills and first aid trainings.

To minimize the damage in a time of disaster, fire drills as well as evacuation drills assuming the usage of the earthquake early warning system provided by the Japan Meteorological Agency are held periodically. We also conduct demonstrations using earthquake simulation vehicles and smoke generators to educate our associates in how to handle emergency situations.

In addition, under the supervision of the fire department, associates take part in resuscitation training and learn how to use AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) devices.

Corporate Driving Safety Seminars

As a corporation providing safety to society, Akebono organizes driving safety seminars for our associates to help them avoid traffic accidents. The company aims to improve safety awareness and driving skills by covering topics such as safe and smooth driving and maintaining correct distance from other vehicles - both practiced on the test track. Associates can also experience driving while wearing goggles that simulate the effects of drinking alcohol.

Frequency of Occupational Accidents

Frequency of Occupational Accidents (frequency of lost work time)

Frequency of Occupational Accidents (frequency of lost work time)

Manufacturing industry and domestic companies in the same sector: Frequency of occupational death and injuries=number of deaths and injuries due to industrial accidents/total number of actual working hours x 1,000,000
Akebono Brake: Frequency of accidents causing lost work time=numbers of workers suffering lost-work-time injuries/total number of actual working hours x 1,000,000

Safety Records at Overseas Locations

Safety Records at Overseas Locations

Figures for 2015 do not contain U.S. national average data as such data had not been publicly disclosed as of June, 2016.
Data for Akebono from 2007 to 2009 included ABG and ABE; ABCS and ABCT were added from 2010. AAIJ (Indonesia) was included from 2011.

Response to the Problem of Asbestos

Well ahead of other domestic companies, Akebono began the development of asbestos-free products in the 1970s. Not only did we lead the field in completing the transition to asbestos-free OEM products for new cars by 1992 and commercial vehicles by 1994, we have not manufactured service parts containing asbestos since 2000. We provide health consultations relating to asbestos and have implemented complementary health checks for neighbors, ex-associates and their family members. In total, 619 people have undergone asbestos health checks as of March 31, 2016. We plan to continue these checks in the future.

Breakdown of Number of Examinees (from August 2005 to March 2015)

Figures in parentheses represent increases from the previous year

  Ex-associates Families of
Neighbors Total
41 0 0 41
16 0 0 16
No findings 412
37 113
Total 469
37 113

Our Basic Policy of Health Management

Akebono believes that maintaining associates’ health is indispensable not only for its ongoing business operations but also for the society in which it operates. Guided by this unchanging belief, we are pursuing health promotion initiatives from the following viewpoints:

  • 1. Enhancing the quality of life of associates
    • a. Promoting physical and mental health while helping associates maintain favorable family relationships and good human relationships at worksites
  • 2. Maintaining a healthy working environment that ensures a long working life
    • a. Preventing the occurrence of health problems that may result in long-term absence or a decline in job performance and productivity
    • b. Promoting mental healthcare and reducing medical expenses
  • 3. Exercising risk control
    • a. Addressing health problems that may increase occupational and commuting accidents or product defects
    • b. Securing an emergency response structure against pandemics

To create an environment in which every associate can enjoy a favorable working life in terms of both physical and mental health, we will continuously work to identify problems and risks and resolve them promptly. Moreover, we will fulfill our obligation as an employer to give due consideration to the health of employees by implementing workplace safety and health promotion initiatives that are standardized Groupwide. At the same time, we will raise associates’ awareness of their responsibilities to undertake self-health management.

Review of Fiscal 2015 Initiatives

In order to promote initiatives for the maintenance and advancement of associate health management, both mental and physical, a full-time industrial physician at Ai-City headquarters acts as the supervising industrial physician for the Group as a whole. In addition, we have an ongoing contract with a psychiatrist who provides an expert perspective on mental health measures. We also conducted position-specific training for managing supervisors (department, section and group heads).

The Workplace Hygiene subcommittee established under the Safety and Health Committee developed activities centering on fully upholding the obligation of enterprises to actively consider the health of workers and of workers to maintain their own health. This included initiatives to prevent secondhand smoke by establishing appropriate smoking areas and having associates carry their own ashtrays. These initiatives were implemented as planned after being approved by the Safety Environment Committee.

As in the previous fiscal year, we continued our participation in the activities of outside organizations and considered various measures related to the mental health activities of other companies in the same industry. Specifically, we participated in a working group of the Japan Auto Parts Industries Association, and are actively utilizing the findings of the working group, specifically, “line care education,” in training programs for new managers. There has been an increase in associates consulting with medical office staff and consulting about their family members on the recommendation of their managers, and observation as a form of self-care is being promoted.

Fiscal 2016 Targets

Mental Healthcare Related
Stress checks, which had already been instituted, have recently become mandatory under the law. In 2016, based on guidelines issued by the Ministry Health, Labour and Welfare, we plan to conduct stress checks for all associates in July and then follow up based on individual and organizational exam results.

Reinforcing the Health Management System
Health measures and best practices at Ai-City headquarters and Iwatsuki Manufacturing will be developed out horizontally while setting priorities and coordinating with other sites in Japan and overseas.

Coordination and Collaboration with Health Insurance Society (Collaborative Health)
In coordination with the Data Health Plan formulated and submitted to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare by the Health Insurance Society, we will develop measures for disease prevention, early detection, and early treatment based on a continuing PDCA cycle.
(Cancer screenings will be recommended for associates over 50, in principle.) Additionally, we will work to raise participation rates in Kenko Akebono 21, our goal-oriented health promotion program, by revising the program’s activities.