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Safety Initiatives

The Group CEO Safety Award

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.

Awarding a certificate of commendation from President Kaku (current chairman)
Awarding a certificate of commendation from President Kaku (current chairman)

Safety Questionnaire

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.

Aggregation and analysis of results of safety questionnaire (Image)
Aggregation and analysis of results of safety questionnaire (Image)

Section Chief Meetings

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.

Discussion on safety management activities
Discussion on safety management activities
Safety inspection of a mill
Safety inspection of a mill

Hands-on risk training using hazard simulation VR devices

Installation of devices that simulate hazards and encouraging personnel to take external courses give workers firsthand experience, contributing to improving employees’ sensitivity to risks and awareness of safety. Beginning in 2020, we are gradually conducting hands-on risk training sessions using VR at workplaces in Japan and overseas.
In 2020, more than 90% of production-related personnel across all workplaces in Japan took the hands-on risk training.
The training was also provided for construction workers entering the workplaces on a temporary basis.
Overseas, almost all of the production related workers completed the hands-on risk training at Jiangsu Oji Paper Co., Ltd. in China, including employees of the local affiliates.
Many participants remarked about the highly immersive VR video. One said, “In the scene where you crash into a forklift, I reflexively flinched or tried to run.
The video let me experience accidents in a way not otherwise possible. I realized how scary accidents are and got a renewed sense of the importance of following rules.”
In order to enable participants to learn in an environment very similar to their everyday workplaces, we are producing original content which includes scenarios that have ever occurred within the Group. Among these are situations wherein serious accidents could occur such as collision with a forklift, getting caught in a printing roller, collision or fall of hoisted load, getting caught in a conveyor roller, and falling into a pulper.

VR-based hands-on risk training
VR-based hands-on risk training
Original content (forklift collision)
Original content (forklift collision)
Original content (collision or fall of hoisted load)
Original content
(collision or fall of hoisted load)
Original content (getting caught in a printing roller)
Original content
(getting caught in a printing roller)

OAP: Meeting of Safety and Disaster Control Managers

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.

Earnest discussion for achieving zero accidents
Earnest discussion for achieving zero accidents
Inspection of a mill (Blue LED light of forklift)
Inspection of a mill (Blue LED light of forklift)
Inspection of a mill (Hazard simulation devices)
Inspection of a mill (Hazard simulation devices)
Participants aim to achieve zero occupational and environmental accidents
Participants aim to achieve zero occupational and environmental accidents

China: Meeting of Plant Managers from Oji Group Companies and Forklift Competition

Since 2013, we have been holding the Plant Managers' Conference on the theme of safety and the environment, aiming to achieve "zero safety and environmental accidents" by deepening information exchange and interaction among plant managers and safety and environmental personnel. Attended by Oji Group companies in China, the conference includes site visits to the host plant, reports on Group initiatives by the Oji Holdings Safety Adiministration Department and Corporate Sustainability Department, presentations of the results of daily activities and good practices at each company, and a question-and-answer session.

Report by The Oji Holdings Safety Administration Department
Report by The Oji Holdings Safety Administration Department
Participants aim to achieve zero occupational and environmental accidents
Participants aim to achieve zero occupational and environmental 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.

Forklift Safety Workshop
Forklift Safety Workshop
Forklift Skills Competition
Forklift Skills Competition
Participants aim to eliminate forklift accidents
Participants aim to eliminate forklift accidents