Employee Safety and Health
A core principle of placing safety and health above all else
Based on the core principle of placing safety and health above all else, AISIN Group continually strives to enhance the safety and health of all employees.
Aspiring to be the world’s most safetyconscious corporate group
In April 2017, AISIN Group established the All-Aisin Safety, Health & Environment Center, with the aim of promoting key activities and achieving speedy responses to health, safety and environmental issues, as a united Group. We have established new unified safety standards based on the AISIN Global Safety Standard (AGSS) with the aim of eliminating STOP6* accidents that lead to major accidents, and the 14 main Group companies are making concerted efforts to promote the creation of a safer corporate Group. In fiscal 2018, top-level management at each Group company made thorough efforts to gain a greater understanding of factory floor level workplaces and implemented initiatives in line with action plans. In this way, we have advanced occupational health and safety activities to resolve problematic issues in these workplaces.
We have also introduced a set of ALL TOYOTA Safety Standard for Contractor Work on the Premises and launched a program of specialized safety training for employees engaged in order-placing activities, with the aim of preventing serious incidents in outsourced on-site construction work. We will continue these efforts further in fiscal 2019.
In fiscal 2018, the 14 main Group companies continued to maintain a frequency rate for injuries from occupational accidents resulting in lost work time that was lower than the national average for the manufacturing industry.
* STOP6: Six worst causes of serious accidents in the Toyota Group (1. caught between machinery, 2. contact with heavy objects, 3. contact with vehicles, 4. falls, 5. electrocution, 6. contact with high temperature objects)
Overseas, members from regional Group companies assemble at Safety and Environmental Specialist Liaison Committees for each of the seven regions—China, Thailand, Indonesia, India, North America, Europe and South America—to share information on relevant laws and regulations and examples of activities being conducted at each company.
In fiscal 2018, mutual safety inspections were conducted at all business locations in each global region, with the target of eradicating STOP6 accidents. Moving forward, we will seek to further deepen collaboration with regional management companies and parent companies and raise the level of these activities.
Activities to maintain and promote the health of employees
In seeking to create a vibrant workplace, in which employees can remain healthy both physically and mentally and talk with each other openly, Aisin Seiki has been undertaking initiatives in the three phases of “prevention of occurrence,” “early discovery and early treatment” and “prevention of recurrence.”
Initiatives to maintain and improve physical health
We provide specific health guidance to employees at high risk of developing a lifestyle disease. A total of 1,308 employees received advice from a public health nurse on quitting smoking, taking up exercise and improving dietary habits. We also pay care and consideration to employees at high risk of developing illnesses affecting the brain or heart, such as by applying working restrictions. We also conducted checkups for detecting stomach and bowel cancers, with 99.3% of eligible employees receiving these checkups. We carried out annual regular health checkups for employees posted overseas, and implemented necessary post-checkup measures, under the guidance of industrial physicians.
Initiatives to maintain and improve mental health
We provided self-care education to 545 employees in their second year of employment with the Group to promote greater understanding of mental health. We also established an internal consultation desk that not only accepts consultations from individual employees with mental health issues but also responds swiftly to consultations in coordination with managerial personnel. We also provided support to persons on long-term leave through the Return to Work Trial, which contributes to enabling such employees to return to work smoothly.
Activity Details of 14 Main Group Companies in Japan
Driving activities to increase understanding of all personnel working on-site at Aisin Seiki
Top-level management and supervisors conduct on-site checks of day-to-day work activities being carried out not only by employees but also contractors, outsourced construction workers and service providers working on site. By speaking directly with workers and identifying difficult jobs and other problems, Aisin Seiki is advancing planned improvements, seeking to achieve a zero incidence rate for accidents and improve the workplace environment.
Creating a “safety-first” culture with participation of managerial personnel in all departments
Through general safety inspections, Aisin Chemical is driving activities conducted by corporate officers, management personnel in relevant departments (e.g., manufacturing, production technologies and production management) and workers’ unions to eradicate sources of danger that lead to STOP6 incidents. In terms of fire-prevention activities, the company has worked to achieve greater linkage between local ventilation equipment and equipment using organic solvents, and reviewed the installation positions for its fire-prevention dampers and inspection hatches. These improvements were completed during fiscal 2018.
Conducting health and safety activities with an understanding of workplace needs
Aisin Keikinzoku conducts continuous level-specific danger simulation training to promote safety awareness and encourage safer behavior for all employees. Moreover, in order to enable all employees to enjoy their jobs and work in a livelier and more energetic manner, the company also engages workplace counselors in activities to gain a greater understanding of workplace needs, with the aim of creating a network to effectively catch employees with mental health issues.
Conducting accident prevention activities with top-level management participation
At Aisin Kiko, the entire company works together to prevent accidents, with officers, managerial personnel and order-placing departments holding advance meetings to consider the risks involved in outsourced on-site construction work and conducting work safety patrols. The company is working to reduce construction work-related accident risks, with the aim of creating a completely accident-free workplace.
Mutual safety patrols by top-level plant management personnel
Plant managers conduct monthly mutual safety patrols at Aisin Sin’ei’s four plants. By speaking with workers and asking directly whether there are any tasks that they consider difficult to perform. Managers verify whether plant conditions enable standard work practices to be properly observed and adhered to. Moreover, in the occurrence of an accident, managers share the findings of on-site checks and issues identified and take that information back to their own plants in order to implement suitable countermeasures.
Hosei Brake Industry
Continuing safety activities with an understanding of workplace needs
Hosei Brake Industry listens directly to the opinions of employees who have experienced a near-miss or suggested a problematic issue, and implements optimal improvements. By encouraging employees to work together in a united effort to improve upon work tasks that are difficult to perform, the company is improving safety awareness. Additionally, the company is also promoting safer work by exchanging opinions with external contractors engaging in on-site work in order to identify and improve upon problematic issues.
Energizing communication with contracted on-site construction personnel
Shiroki Corporation has launched a program of safety lectures for external contractors with a view to enhancing safety of outsourced on-site construction work. Though these lectures, the company is seeking to improve safety awareness by presenting the sentiments of top-level management with regard to safety and case studies of recent accidents.
Conducting activities with an understanding of workplace needs
In 2014, Aisin Takaoka expanded the scope of its activities to a global scale, and began a process of standardization. Since fiscal 2017, it has advanced a program of assimilated activities, with a central focus on activities to gain a greater understanding of employee needs in the workplace. The company utilizes a “near-miss” scheme to identify problematic issues and implements kaizen (improvement) activities from a worker perspective, using insights gained through morning meetings held prior to commencing work and regular work observation meetings. The company also seeks to share information on these activities through reports made at plant safety committee and company-wide plant safety meetings.
Establishing problem identification and improvement activities for understanding on-site needs
Aisin AW identifies problematic issues by listening to the opinions of each and every one of its employees and implementing day-to-day improvement activities based on those insights. Top-level management personnel identify problems by patrolling the workplace and engaging in activities to understand the needs of workers better by speaking directly to them. In this way, they seek to energize and firmly establish these improvement activities.
Driving activities to understand workplace needs and prevent recurrences of accidents
Top-level management personnel, officers, department heads, on-site supervisors and safety department personnel all strive to identify problematic issues and improve the working environment by speaking directly to workers at construction sites. The company also seeks to prevent recurrences by utilizing manuals containing example accident case studies.
Driving efforts to ensure safety for contracted on-site construction personnel
Although in the past Aisin AI had worked continuously to identify difficult jobs for outsourced on-site contractors and make various improvements, at the end of 2017 the company was struck by the occurrence of a serious accident. As a countermeasure to prevent recurrences, the company has implemented various improvements, including the introduction of a mechanism for drawing attention to high-risk activities by subdividing construction plans to identify dangerous areas and setting danger level ranks; and building a system for sharing details of construction plan locations to avoid overlaps in construction work.
Aisin AW Industries
Creating a workplace culture of prioritizing health and safety
In addition to continuous activities to gain greater insight into workplace needs (including patrols by top-level management personnel and activities to identify problematic issues), Aisin AW Industries has also established a “Think About Safety Day” on the first Wednesday of every month, and is working to improve safety awareness by holding workplace safety meetings and having employees make personal action pledges.
Driving safety activities to improve workplace capabilities
In order to prevent the occurrence of STOP6 accidents, ADVICS is implementing safety checks and improvement activities for its equipment, such as preventing startup by third-party personnel at all locations globally. By ensuring safety, improving competence and encouraging mutual communication, ADVICS is driving activities to ensure that things are done properly and completely.
Art Metal Mfg.
Safety activities to gain a greater understanding of workplace needs
Top-level management personnel, corporate officers and other managerial personnel at Art Metal Mfg. continue to conduct work observations during nighttime working hours. Top-level management and officers identifying problematic issues such as darkness, danger and difficulty in performing work tasks, and managerial personnel exercising appropriate leadership lead to various improvements with regard to these issues.