Employees

Health & Safety

For safety and mental & physical health

The Nidec Group’s CSR Charter stipulates that, “based on cooperation between our management and employees, we strive to ensure workplace safety and good health to establish a work environment that brings out the best in each individual.” To “form a safe and comfortable workplace” and “secure safety and health for employees,” we manage health and safety as follows.

Safety

The Nidec Group’s sites in Japan have a health and safety committee to deliberate measures to secure safety in factories and other workplaces. We aim to maintain a safe work environment, and eliminate work-related accidents.

Rate of labor disasters
FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018
Nidec Corporation
(Non-consolidated)
0.00 0.00 0.00 0.40
Industry Average
(Manufacturing)
1.06 1.15 1.02 1.20
*Labor disaster occurrence rate: Number of fatalities from labor disasters / total work hours x 1 million hours

Nidec’s major factories outside Japan, particularly in Asia, engage in health and safety activities based on OHSAS18001 (or ISO45001), the international certification standard in occupational health and safety management system, In the meantime, uncertified factories undergo a third-party audit based on our self-prescribed standards substantially equivalent to RBA* Code of Conduct (Nidec Group CSR Declaration).

Third-party Audit

The third-party audit are conducted at Nidec’s selected Asia-based factories and covers eight areas of focus, including emergency preparedness, occupational injury and illness, as well as machine safeguarding. Based on the audit findings, we identify problem areas and launch corrective actions. In FY2018, the highest priority was given to the following areas:

・Schedule a regular check of first aid kits to ensure immediate assistance to workers suffering from occupational    accidents or illnesses
・Implement risk-relief measures to protect pregnant and breastfeeding workers against occupational safety hazards


*Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) (former Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition: EICC):The RBA, renamed from the EICC in October 2017, is an organization established with the aim of resolving social, environmental and ethical issues in supply chains. The RBA Code of Conduct established referencing major internationally recognized norms and standards focuses on the following aspects: respect for human rights, improvement of the working environment, assurance of safety and health, environmental conservation, establishment of corporate ethics, and improvement of management systems.

 

CSR management

OHSAS18001 (or ISO45001) certification status

Audit results


Raising safety awareness

A measure to prevent accidents

We regularly issue a newsletter to share the information on individual group companies’ risks management activities in the entire group. In addition, when an accident occurs, we share with all sites photographs and other easy-to-understand information on the accident and measures taken, as part of preventive measures.


“Visualizing” safety

Anti-collision warning signal

In March 2016, to promote more active internal safety activities and raise employees’ awareness of safety, Nidec Corporation’s Nagano Technical Center submitted two proposals to the FY2015 “Visualize Safety Action Project” competition hosted by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and both proposals were selected as examples of good practice. These were: (i) a buzzing-and-flashing warning signal to prevent contact between a person and an opening door; and (ii) chemical- and accident-handling manuals.

Health

Health management

Our health and safety managers conduct safety patrols in our workplaces to anticipate and instruct on risks detrimental to employees’ health.

An industrial doctor and a health nurse pay monthly visits to inspect our workplaces with us monthly, and provide instructions, mainly after checking mechanical equipment’s operational status, employees’ working positions, and the level of workload on employees. Inspection results are reported to the monthly health and safety committee meeting, where we share good practice and important points with one another. The committee also listens to comments by the industrial doctor and the health nurse to make workplaces more comfortable for employees. In addition, the committee holds health and safety seminars by an industrial physician and a health nurse to provide a better work environment for our employees (A total of 198 employees attended the seminars in FY2018).


Preventing infectious diseases

To prevent its employees from contracting infectious diseases, the Nidec Group’s sites in Japan offer their employees opportunities for mass influenza virus vaccination, and recommend that they be vaccinated, while providing those seconded overseas and their accompanying families with the region-specific vaccinations that Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends. In addition, the group provides its employees with a chest X-ray to prevent tuberculosis infection.


Mental healthcare

Maintaining good health requires one to keep a good balance between physical and mental health. It is for this purpose that, in addition to an annual health checkup, special health checkup, and stress check, we hold a mental health lecture for employees to help them learn what they need to do to maintain good mental health conditions, while providing employees with opportunities to see the industrial doctor or the health nurse if they so wish.


Health promotion campaign


Newsletter “Stop HIV/AIDS!”

Starting in FY2014, Nidec Precision Philippines Corporation has been holding a “good health promotion campaign” to support its employees’ healthy lifestyles. Every month, the company releases relevant information in fliers and e-mails, while holding various programs such as Zumba dance, vaccination sessions, and health lectures by an internal doctor and a nurse.

In November 2015, the company displayed “Hypertension and Heart Attack/Stroke Prevention Measures” posters to reduce the number of hypertensive employees, while an internal medical team provided employees diagnosed with hypertension with health tips and personal health guidance.

In December, the month of Christmas and New-Year banquets, the company issued a newsletter, “Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating,” to help employees eat properly during the month.

In October 2017, the company launched an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign to spread widely basic HIV/AIDS-related information, such as HIV’s infection routes, AIDS symptoms, and preventive measures, and to promote employees’ health consciousness.


Nidec Minster Corporation Named One of the Healthiest Companies in America


Scott Rogers (R) from Interactive Health presenting the award to Steve Gruber (L), President & COO, Nidec Minster Corporation

In June, Nidec Minster Corporation was nationally recognized as one of the Healthiest Companies in America by Interactive Health (IH), a national leader known for its personalized wellness solutions. Nidec Minster is one of 154 companies across the United States being recognized for helping employees make significant and sometimes life-saving changes to improve their health. This is the fourth year Nidec Minster has won the award. Fewer than 1% of Interactive Health clients have achieved this recognition for four consecutive years, in this annual evaluation of 2,000 companies in the US.

Over the past few years, Nidec Minster has offered its employees opportunities to participate in IH’s healthcare guidance program. In this program, which offers guidance for individual programs such as smoking abstinence and diabetes prevention, participants each make an annual plan to achieve their personal targets. Factors such as blood pressure, LDL cholesterol level, etc. that can be improved based on a doctor’s advice are used as indices, and participants who successfully meet the indices after completing their one-year program can have a discount on their health insurance fees.

Nidec Minster will continue to care for its staff health management, and encourage its employees and the company alike to stay in good shape.

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