The Group CEO Safety Award is granted to Oji Group’s all domestic and overseas worksites that meet certain criteria determined according to the business scale (number of employees) including the total work time without any occupational accidents resulting in temporary incapacity for work and the number of consecutive years without any occupational accidents. The Award is granted to worksites with outstanding records of no accidents together with the employees of those worksites and those of affiliates of Group companies with the aim of improving the safety and health levels of the Oji Group and eliminating occupational accidents.
In addition, the Oji Holdings Safety Administration Department conducts interviews and on-site inspections at workplaces that have been granted the Group CEO Safety Award. The department provides Group companies with information about such worksites as good case examples of safety activities as a measure for raising the overall Group’s safety awareness and improving its safety climate. We have also introduced the COMPANY President Safety Award and the President Safety Award at each Group company, and the Worksite Head Award as safety award programs, under which companies, worksites, and divisions with excellent safety performance are commended at each COMPANY and Group company.
We regularly conduct a safety questionnaire survey of employees working for Group companies in Japan (including companies belonging to the Unit within the Lead Companies’ control) to find out how they feel about their safety activities and safety climate, their safety awareness, and other facts. This survey is aimed at confirming the effects of safety and health activities promoted based on the safety and health promotion plan.
We aggregate and analyze the results of the questionnaire survey, identify safety-related issues and problems that should be addressed, and inform each company of the identified issues and problems as feedback. We also aim to have each company and worksite make use of the information by discussing the issues and problems for internal communication and reflecting them in their safety and health activities.
The Safety Administration Department has been hosting meetings of sectionchief level employees working on operational frontlines since 2017. At these meetings, which are held throughout Japan, safety-related issues are presented and through discussions, the participants gain an accurate understanding of their safety responsibilities, raise safety awareness, and think about what to do and what measures to take to ensure that their subordinates will never be injured.
In FY2018, the meetings were held for each type of business, including pulp, paper manufacturing, and finishing, converting, facility, transportation, and forest products. The meetings also help build networks of participants. From FY2019 to FY2020, the types of business have been divided into finer types and the meetings have been held under the themes of coordination with the safety departments of each internal division/lead company, initiatives taken for the common issues in each business type and the horizontal deployment of similar accident cases. We will prevent accidents by increasing the level of safety activities through on-site inspections, exchange of opinions and sharing good practices and other information.
Installation of devices that simulate hazards and encouraging personnel to take external courses give workers firsthand experience, contributing to improving sensitivity to risks and awareness of safety. All Group worksites in Japan successively conduct training sessions using risk sensitivity educational tools that employ virtual reality (VR) technologies to provide safe and effective occupational accident experiences such as tripping, falling, and electric shock. Original scenarios that represent the danger of fatal and serious accidents have been developed for the training, such as forklift collision, entanglement in printing rollers, and collision or dropping of crane loads.
Oji Asia Packaging (OAP), which is supervised by the Industrial Materials COMPANY, has been playing a central role in meetings of safety and disaster control managers in Southeast Asia since 2016. Measures are undertaken with the aim of raising safety management levels at each company under the slogan“zero occupational accidents.” Personnel from Malaysia, Vietnam,Thailand, India, Cambodia, and Myanmar attend the meetings, where they inspect the worksite, receive explanations of the OAP safety promotion plan, review case studies of occupational accidents, and confirm important matters to be shared among the worksites through notices. The participants are eager to discuss safety initiatives every year.
Oji Asia Packaging (OAP), which is supervised by the Industrial Materials COMPANY, has been playing a central role in meetings of safety and disaster control managers in Southeast Asia since 2016. Measures are undertaken with the aim of raising safety management levels at each company under the slogan “zero occupational accidents.”
Oji Group companies in China have been holding a Forklift Safety Workshop & Skills Competition since 2014. The events provide knowledge concerning forklifts and improve operating skills with the aim of achieving zero forklift accidents. During the forklift safety workshop, participants analyze the causes of forklift accidents, watch a safety video, and actively participate in a question and answer sessions, enhancing their awareness of safety.