Placing health and safety above all else

As a corporate group conducting global business, creating safe, healthy workplaces for our employees and all other personnel working on our premises is crucial at all of our sites.

Based on the core principle that placing health and safety above all is the foundation of value creation in a company, Aisin continually strives to enhance the health and safety of all employees.

Group Safety Vision for 2030

To ensure that everyone working on Aisin premises is protected from occupational accidents, Consolidated Safety and Health Committee meetings are held. Comprising the presidents of every company in AISIN Group, the committee works to unify policies and standards to ensure the safety of everyone who works on our premises. In February 2021,we decided on the Group Safety Vision for 2030, which outlines our aims over the next 10 years and is informing group-wide activities. Ongoing specialist safety training is also provided to ordering staff to prevent reoccurrence of serious accidents in the work of construction and delivery vendors and ensure that the ALL TOYOTA Safety Standard for Contractor Work on the Premises is enacted correctly by construction and delivery personnel and our ordering staff.

Organizational Diagram of Consolidated Safety and Health Committee

Organizational Diagram of Consolidated Safety and Health Committee
Organizational Diagram of Consolidated Safety and Health Committee

Group Safety Vision for 2030

Group Safety Vision for 2030
Group Safety Vision for 2030

Labor Safety and Sanitation Management

AISIN Group adopted labor safety and sanitation management from fiscal year 2021, and aims to obtain the international ISO45001 certification for its representative factories in fiscal year 2023. We will identify risks and opportunities in critical measures at key measures for the first time and then apply this to our Health and Safety Action Plan for fiscal year 2022 and make ongoing improvements to achieve our goals.。

As a result of these measures, the rate of disabling injuries occurring in AISIN Group‘s workplaces decreased again in fiscal year 2021. However, accidents involving employees getting caught in machinery are still continuing, so we are carrying out group-wide initiatives to prevent accidents of this nature and become the world‘s safest corporate group.

Obtainment status of certifications on OHSAS18001 and ISO45001 (as of December, 2021)

Obtainment status of certifications on OHSAS18001 and ISO45001
Obtainment status of certifications on OHSAS18001 and ISO45001

Process up to decision of key measures

Process up to decision of key measures
Process up to decision of key measures
Serious accidents (entire group)
Serious accidents (entire group)
TOP6 accidents resulting in lost work (12 group companies)
TOP6 accidents resulting in lost work (12 group companies)
Rate of disabling injuries occurring in the workplace (12 group companies)
Rate of disabling injuries occurring in the workplace (12 group companies)
Rate of disabling injuries occurring in the workplace (group contractors)
Rate of disabling injuries occurring in the workplace (group contractors)

Initiatives to prevent anticipated occupational accidents and prevent reoccurrence of past accidents

Aisin is committed to ensuring that dangerous accidents at our sites do not occur again. Group-wide safety standards have been established and ongoing facility safety, risk assessment and safety training initiatives have been carried out throughout the group since 2016 to protect personnel working on our premises from occupational accidents.

AISIN Global Safety Standard has been established. In addition to being applied when equipment is received or modified, it is enacted through measures such as risk assessments and safety inspections to prevent to eliminate hazards.

In fiscal year 2021, the top management of each company in AISIN Group surveyed their respective companies‘ sites and implemented occupational health and safety activities according to our basic safety principles.

Talk on safety for construction by external parties
Talk on safety for construction by external parties

Enhancement of sanitation management framework and prevention of issues

Aisin has established sanitation standards to prevent serious illness, takes measurements in workplaces, conducts risk assessments, provides sanitation training and is carrying out ongoing initiatives to protect the people who work on our premises from occupational illness.

To prevent damage to employees‘ health, we measure hazards such as dust and sources of discomfort such as heat and noise in working environments, and then make improvements based on the results to create environments with good working conditions.

We prevent heat stroke by equipping managers and supervisors with the knowledge they need and using equipment such as WGBTs and air conditioned clothing to ensure that severe cases do not occur.

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Serious accident

①Overview of the accident

At 10:16am on December 24, 2017, a piece of machinery used to process parts in Plant 1 of what used to be Aisin AI Co., Ltd.* fell over while it was being transported. One contractor who was working in the plant was killed, and another was injured.
Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the contractor who lost his life in this tragedy, and we express our sincerest apologies.
It is unacceptable that such a serious accident occurred in AISIN Group. We have identified the cause of the accident and thoroughly improved our safety measures.

*Aisin AI Co., Ltd. merged with Aisin AW Co., Ltd. in April 2019, and Aisin AW merged with Aisin Corporation in April 2021.

②Preventing future accidents

At safety training seminars given to contractors by AISIN Group, we explained to general and construction contractors about why such a serious accident happened and the safety procedures that are now required when moving heavy items, using illustrations and mechanisms.
We hold seminars of this nature three times per year, where we provide ongoing training on the types of accidents that can occur in high-risk work, including being trapped in machinery, falling from high places or being injured by heavy items falling down. We use past accidents to provide context.
We also help construction contractors to make a plan for safe construction and address any concerns they have during safety patrols while they are working to ensure the safety of all contractors working on our premises.

Initiatives to prevent disaster and minimize damage in the event that a disaster occurs

Aisin learned an important lesson from the fire at our Kariya Plant in 1997. We are working together as a group to increase employees‘ knowledge and awareness about preventing fires, provide extensive training on fire prevention, foster a working culture that prioritizes fire prevention and increase employees‘ risk sensitivity.

1. Raising awareness about fire prevention Aisin Fire Prevention Day, interactive training, sharing lessons from past fires at Aisin Densho-kan (Educational Center)
2. Reducing fire risk Expansion of facilities and equipment that meet fire prevention standards, placement of fire extinguishers and other fire extinguishing equipment, 4 basic actions when a fire occurs, fire prevention surveillance
3. Fire prevention management framework Fire prevention training, establishment of fire prevention management regulations and guidelines, inspection of fire extinguishing and prevention equipment
Fires (entire group)
Fires (entire group)

Workplace meetings in Fire Prevention Month

February is Fire prevention Month. February 1 is designated as Aisin Fire Prevention Day, and awareness-raising events are held throughout the month. It is a time for everyone in AISIN Group to reflect on how terrifying past fires were and increase their awareness of fire prevention to strengthen both their own capabilities and those of their workplace.

Fire prevention surveillance

We have introduced fire prevention surveillance using thirdparty inspections and evaluations to maintain a fire prevention management framework and build more advanced frameworks. In addition to assessing fire prevention awareness in our workplaces, we have introduced assessments of excessive heat and gas leaks using the latest measurement instruments, and are using these to make improvements on a daily basis.

Fire prevention training

In AISIN Group, employees who are promoted to management attend fire prevention training. By making employees aware of how society is impacted by fires, we are increasing our managers‘ abilities to prevent fires in the workplace and minimize damage if a fire does occur.

4 basic actions when a fire occurs

AISIN Group has established four standardized actions (basic actions) to ensure that fast action is taken in the event of a fire to save lives and minimize damage. We have created a training DVD with actual footage so that employees understand the purpose of everything they are being asked to do, and are carrying out ongoing training.。

basic actions when a fire occurs

  • Shout “Fire!“
  • Activate the fire alarm by pressing the button
  • Check that the surrounding area is safe and use the fire extinguisher to put out the fire
  • Evacuate if you think it is too dangerous to remain in the area
4 basic actions when a fire occurs

Handling of major fires and group-wide prevention of reoccurrence

When a fire occurs, we take rigorous measures to ensure that such a fire does not reoccur and cause issues for our customers, suppliers and members of the community. In addition to strengthening the inspections used to maintain the performance of our facilities, we revise and add fire prevention inspection items in the management forms used on a daily basis to promote group-wide prevention of reoccurrence.

Company Heat source/flammable item Prevention of reoccurrence
Aisin Takaoka
(October 2020)
Short-circuiting control circuit board/electrical cord, hydraulic fluid Regular checks of embers after work Installation of cameras to monitor high-temperature objects, automatic fire extinguishing equipment
Aisin Chemical
(February 2021)
Heat/scrap resin in deodorizing furnace Structural measures for ducts (inspection windows) Regular checks for scrap materials inside and management of cleaning
Aisin
(April 2021)
Electrode sparks/dust in dust collector, mold lubricant Regular checks for scrap materials and cleaning inside electric dust collectors Establishment of facility management framework and operations
AS Brake Systems
(April 2021)
Short circuit/electrical cord Unification of 5S guidelines for inside control panels Group-wide unification of facility design standards

Fire prevention meeting

In November 2020, AISIN Group‘s fire prevention officers met to share causes of major fires and emergency prevention measures to ensure group-wide action to prevent reoccurrence.

Fire prevention meeting

Fire prevention and explosion prevention training videos

Information is shared throughout Toyota Group to impress upon personnel how terrifying fires and explosions are and make them aware of things that must not become entrenched in production industry culture. Basic operations such as 5S (including “Sort” and “Set in order”) and inspections of flammable items are carried out on an ongoing basis and fire prevention management frameworks are maintained.

Fire prevention and explosion prevention training videos

Top-down initiatives to instill an awareness of safety to put our principle of placing health and safety above all else into practice

AISIN Group carries out safety management seminars for the top safety managers at all of our group companies to strengthen cooperation and improve safety.

In fiscal year 2020, our managers held safety seminars. We believe that all injuries and occupational illnesses are preventable, and our officers maintain a high level of safety at all times and never stop educating each other about safety. The whole of AISIN Group works together to improve our awareness of safety and build a safety-first culture through the use of felt leadership* at an officer level.

*A form of leadership in which the top management have a passionate awareness about safety.

We also provide extensive training for employees to ensure that every employee has the knowledge necessary to prevent accidents.

We reflect on past accidents and work to improve the health and safety competency of all of our employees. VR is a core tool in this training.

With the spread of COVID-19,

  • Reduced the number od participants per lesson.
  • Postpone and cancel the training.
Number of people who have attend training center
Number of people who have attend training center

In addition to our employee training, we have established safety rules for our contractors and vendors so that everyone who works on our premises is involved in preventing accidents. Safety seminars are held three times per year to improve the safety management skills of everyone at our sites. We regularly seek feedback, and have a safety management framework in place to foster mutual understanding.

External contractors who have attended our safety and environmental seminars
External contractors who have attended our safety and environmental seminars