AKEBONO REPORT 2013
Occupational Safety and Health ManagementThe Akebono Group’s Occupational Safety and HealthManagement Structure is headed by the Central SafetyEnvironment Committee. Under this structure, we ensure thesafety and health of our associates and thoroughly address variousrisks related to our operations, including disasters, accidentsand other emergencies.Specifically, we pay utmost attention to the safety of ourpersonnel. Unless they have received the prescribed safetyeducation, no newly recruited associate or contract worker isallowed to engage in actual operations. Safety seminars areheld regularly and the booklet Need-to-Know about Safety isdistributed to all associates, reminding them of the appropriategear/protective clothing, the order of operation, how to anticipatedanger and safe driving techniques.Response to the Problem of AsbestosWell ahead of other domestic companies, Akebono began thedevelopment of asbestos-free products in the 1970s. Not onlydid we complete the transition to asbestos-free products fornew cars by 1994, we have not manufactured service partscontaining asbestos since 2000.In July 2005, Akebono launched the “Asbestos SpecialCommittee” and established a “Health Consultation Room”within each group company, implementing health checks forneighbors, ex-associates and their family members (the costswere borne by Akebono). In total, 609 people underwent healthchecks as of March 31, 2013. We plan to continue the healthchecks.On November 28, 2012, a lawsuit was filed againstAkebono by ex-associates and bereaved families of ex-associates,demanding compensation for health damage allegedlyattributable to asbestos contained in its products. We willrespond to their claims for such damage with sincerity.With Our AssociatesWorksite Safety and HealthWhile striving to eliminate occupational accidents, Akebono seeks to ensure a comfortableworkplace where associates will be happy to work for many years.Akebono’s Safety and Health Management StructureSpecialized task forcesCentral Safety Environment CommitteeHeadquarters Safety andHealth CommitteeACW Safety and Health CommitteeACS Safety and Health CommitteeHead Office Safety and Health CommitteeCommittee with observers participatingAkebono 123R&D CentreMonozukuri CenterAlocsSensor Business DepartmentRoad safetyEnvironment preservationFire and accident preventionSafety operationHealth managementYamagata ManufacturingFukushima ManufacturingIwatsuki ManufacturingSanyo ManufacturingTatebayashi FoundryAlocsSafety and Health Committeeat each officeEx-associates Families ofex-associates Neighbors TotalAsbestosis found 41 0 0 41Pneumoconiosis found 15 0 0 15No findings 404（＋7） 37 112553（＋7）Total 460（＋7） 37 112609（＋7）Breakdown of Number of Examinees (from August 2005 to March 2013)Figures in parentheses represent increases from the previous year(Year)Frequency of lost work time00.51.01.5 Manufacturing industryDomestic companies in the same sectorAkebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd.’00 ’01 ’02 ’03 ’04 ’05 ’06 ’07 ’08 ’09 ’10 ’11 ’12Manufacturing industry and domestic companies in the same sector:Frequency of occupational death and injuries=number of deaths and injuries due toindustrial accidents/total number of actual working hours x 1,000,000Akebono Brake: Frequency of accidents causing lost work time=numbers of workerssuffering lost-work-time injuries/total number of actual working hours x 1,000,0001.051.02 1.001.09 1.120.97 0.98 0.98 0.99 0.99 0.980.690.53 0.58 0.56 0.55 0.550.26 0.400.38800.4201.01 1.010.470.630.580.48 0.48 0.480.420.190.350 0 00.252Frequency of Occupational Accidents (frequency of lost work time)Graph data is based on calculation methods adopted by the Occupational Safety andHealth Administration Office of each country.U.S. national average is based on the U.S. Department of Labor data. However, figures for2012 do not contain average data for all Akebono U.S. plants as such data has not beenpublically disclosed as of June 11, 2013.Data from 2003 to 2009 included ABG and ABE; ABCS and ABCT were added from 2010.AAIJ (Indonesia) was included from 2011. Please see page 67 for the official names ofoverseas locations.’06 ’07 ’08 ’09 ’10 ’11 ’12Akebono (North America and Indonesia)Accidents causing lost work timeU.S. national average(Transportation vehicle manufacture)(Year)0.00.51.01.52.00.4 0.41.60.81.40.71.1 1.2 18.104.22.168.30.5■ Safety Records at Overseas LocationsAs a result of initiatives aimed at reducing occupational accidents,the frequency of lost work time due to occupational accidentsin fiscal 2012 was 0.4, marking a record-low figure forthe second consecutive year.Safety SeminarsStriving to raise safety awareness among associates, “SafetySeminars” are regularly held as reminders about appropriategear/protective clothing, orders of operation, how to anticipatedanger and safe driving techniques, with trainers dispatchedfrom the Manufacturing Division giving lectures at bases allacross Japan.■ Safety Promotion ConventionEvery year, we hold an “Safety Promotion Convention” during whatJapan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has designated“safety week” (July 1 to 7). At this convention, prizes are given toassociates and teams those have made significant contributionsto safety promotion over the past fiscal year, while safety sloganswith regard to safety are selected and commended.