Health & Safety and the Promotion of Good Health
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. Nidec’s health-oriented business management is based on the promotion of making a safe and comfortable work environment, and securing safety and good health for its employees.
To build a sale and comfortable work environment, all group companies’ business bases, including newly built ones and those that newly joined by way of M&A, try hard to manage their health and safety conditions via, for example, an annual risk assessment on accidents and illnesses such as infectious diseases.
Rate of labor disasters
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).
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
The FY2019 third-party audit, slated for the December 2019 – March 2020 period, was postponed due to the COVID‑19 pandemic.
*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.
Aiming to create a work environment that promotes our employees’ mental and physical health and help them to shine at Nidec to the best extent possible, we have a Health Promotion Committee in place. Each business base has health promotion personnel to launch measures tailored to its workplace, while working in collaboration with industrial doctors, i.e., health experts, and a health insurance union for the entire company to promote a health-oriented business 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 234 employees attended the seminars in FY2019).
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.
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.
Promoting a smoking ban
The entire company is promoting a smoking ban to curb smoking- and secondhand-smoking-caused health risks. This non-smoking campaign designates no-smoking hours on a three-month basis, and expands them, to achieve a total smoking ban in all the business bases in FY2021. Thus, the company supports this campaign based on a mutual understanding so that both smokers and non-smokers promote the ban for their own health and their loved ones.