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Occupational Safety and Health

Occupational Safety and Health Management

“Safety Knowledge” booklet

“Safety Knowledge” booklet

To promote occupational health and safety, Akebono has established a management system centered on the Central Safety Environment Committee. Through this system, we strive to ensure the safety and health of associates with the aim of identifying and reducing various risks related to our operations, including prevention of disasters, accidents and other emergencies. Placing the utmost emphasis on securing the safety of our personnel, we have set rules that allow no newly recruited associate or contract worker to engage in actual operations unless they have undergone the required safety education beforehand. We also raise their safety awareness by distributing a booklet, “Safety Knowledge,” that summarizes important safety issues for all associates and providing regular opportunities to learn about safety starting from fundamentals.

Akebono’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 established business plans, mainly through the BCM Countermeasures Subcommittee, 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.

Ensuring that Everyone has Safety Knowledge

At Akebono, each department holds a daily morning meeting which includes reading aloud from Safety Knowledge. These simple routines help to keep everyone aware of safety issues in their immediate environments.

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 training.

To minimize the damage in a time of disaster, we hold fire drills as well as evacuation drills assuming the usage of the earthquake early warning system provided by the Japan Meteorological Agency. We also conduct demonstrations using earthquake simulation vehicles and smoke generators to let associates experience conditions in 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 conducts ongoing education on driving skills to prevent accidents. This includes topics such as safe and smooth driving and maintaining correct distance from other vehicles - both practiced on the test track with support from local driver training facilities and guidance from the police. 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 Japanese 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 Industry Co., Ltd.: 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

The figure above represents data submitted based on the calculation methods for accidents causing lost work time adopted by the health and safety agencies of each country. Figures for 2016 do not contain U.S. national average data as such data had not been publicly disclosed as of June 2017.
Data for Akebono from 2008 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 Japanese 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 who have lived near Akebono plants, ex-associates, and their family members. In total, 625 people have undergone asbestos health checks as of March 31, 2017. We plan to continue these checks in the future.

Breakdown of Number of Examinees (from August 2005 to March 2017)

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 417
37 114
Total 474
37 114

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

We identify issues and risks for creating environments where people can work with their mental and physical health and act swiftly to solve such issues and risks. We are steadily promoting understanding and implementation of the obligation of managers to pay attention to the safety and health of associates and requiring associates to maintain their own health.

Review of Fiscal 2016 Initiatives

  • To promote maintenance and advancement of associate health management, both mental and physical, a full-time industrial physician at Ai-City headquarters continued from fiscal 2015 to work as the supervising industrial physician for the Group as a whole. We also conducted a stress check based on the revised Industrial Safety and Health Act at all Japanese work sites in July. For associates experiencing high stress, we offered optional interviews and consultations with industrial physicians, and held a results explanation meeting for department managers. In addition, we held anger management lectures based on U.S.-style psychological education for management and general associates. Anger management involves understanding the mechanisms that give rise to irritation and taking steps to avoid regrettable actions taken in anger.
  • The Workplace Hygiene subcommittee established under the Safety and Health Committee continued from fiscal 2015 to promote activities centering on fully upholding the obligation of managers to pay attention to the safety and health of associates and requiring associates to maintain their own health. This included initiatives at all business sites to prevent secondhand smoke by formalizing the establishment of designated smoking areas and having associates provide their own ashtrays.
  • As in fiscal 2015, we continued our participation in the activities of outside organizations and enhanced measures related to the mental health making reference to the various activities of other companies in the same industry. One example is the introduction of “line care education” in training programs for new management in fiscal 2015, which arose from our participation in a working group of the Japan Auto Parts Industries Association. This education encourages managers of departments, sections, and so forth to be aware of caring for their own subordinates. The introduction of this training has brought an increase in associates consulting with medical office staff on the recommendation of their managers, and of associates consulting with their managers about family matters.

Initiatives in Fiscal 2017

  • Health Management Declaration
    Since fiscal 2017, Akebono has promoted health management by requiring managers to pay attention to the safety and health of associates and requiring associates to be self-health management. By raising associate awareness of their health and improving work conditions, we aim to create an environment that is conducive to mental and physical health, with the ultimate objective of improving productivity and creativity. In April 2017, Akebono created the Health Management Declaration, which expresses the Company’s commitment to proactively advancing measures that promote good health as a part of giving back to society, allowing the Company to grow along with its associates while helping associates live healthy fulfilling lives in both mind and body. We have systemized initiatives we have undertaken in the past in order to take a more focused approach to promoting mental and physical health, and raise health consciousness.
  • Mental Healthcare Activities
    In July 2017 we conducted a companywide mental health assessment in accordance with guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. We will implement initiatives reflected assessment results at both the individual and organizational level. We have also incorporated anger management training into job level-based training provided by the Human Resources Division.
  • 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. As part of this, cancer screenings will be recommended for associates over 40, in principle.
  • Goal-Oriented Health Promotion
    We revised our goal-oriented health promotion program “Kenko Akebono 21”, which we conducted up to fiscal 2016, and from fiscal 2017 we have implemented a renewed system based on “Akebono Wellness Points” run by company businesses. Under this program, associates are awarded points in accordance with the number of steps walked each day, the number of times participating in health projects, and the results of regular health checks. Associates can exchange points for prizes.