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Safety and Health

Our Approach (TDK Occupational Health and Safety Charter)

As the health and safety policy of the Group as a whole, TDK has compiled the TDK Occupational Health and Safety Charter, consisting of the Basic Principle of Occupational Health and Safety and the Occupational Health and Safety Policy with the aim of forming safe and healthy workplace environments. On the basis of this charter, as a basic plan for specific activities, TDK has formulated the Health and Safety Basic Plan, which it strives to implement with the aim of reducing the number of significant labor accidents to zero.

TDK Occupational Health and Safety Charter

TDK occupational health and safety charter applies to every organization in the TDK Group worldwide.

Basic Principle of Occupational Health and Safety

In order for our employees to perform their duties under the best conditions, the TDK Group is committed to occupational health and safety management by working together to ensure a safe and healthy working environment as the primary responsibility of our business.

Occupational Health and Safety Policy

Based on the basic principle of occupational health and safety, the TDK Group shall enhance occupational health and safety actions that will enable the proper response to changes in production patterns, new technology, and working environment, in order to promote "zero" risk in the workplace and prevent job-related injury and ill health with the participation of all employees.

  1. We shall provide necessary management resources and assure continual improvement in the occupational health and safety management system and related performance which shall be reviewed regularly or as necessary.
  2. We shall establish voluntary standards for improving our management system to comply with all regulations and other agreements relating to occupational health and safety.
  3. We shall continuously reduce risks by evaluating risks arising from hazards, setting objectives, and making efforts to minimize risks within the scope of our activities.
  4. We shall build a framework for achieving the effective functioning of the occupational health and safety management system with clearly defined responsibilities.
  5. We shall educate and train each level of employee to enhance all employees' comprehension and awareness in making a safe and healthy working environment.
  6. We shall respect employees' opinions concerning occupational health and safety through effective communication, and provide necessary information and assistance to suppliers and subcontractors about occupational health and safety while they are on TDK premises.
  7. We shall improve the work environment and assist toward employees' health maintenance and enhancement of employees livelihood by promoting "physical and mental health" as essential elements for employees' wellbeing.

Established July 1, 2003
Revised April 1, 2011 (Rev. 4)


TDK has set up a promotional structure based on the Occupational Health and Safety Management System headed by the president.


Promoting an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS)

TDK has established an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (TDK OHSMS) as an effective way to reduce latent risks and hazards at the workplace and create a safe and healthy work environment. This system is also seen to contribute to efficiency and productivity and to enhanced product quality. It has been implemented at all TDK manufacturing sites.
TDK is now in the process of updating the certification for sites that have OHSAS 18001* certification to the new ISO 45001 certification issued in March 2018, one by one.

  • * OHSAS 18001: Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series created by an international consortium as standard specifications for managing health and safety in the workplace. The consortium consists of standards associations and evaluation organizations in Ireland, South Africa, and Britain.

Fiscal 2018 Goals and Achievements


  • Achieve the "ZERO significant labor accident"


  • Achieve the "ZERO significant labor accident"

Main activities and measures

  • Mitigate the significant safety risks
  • Promote the safety patrol by site top manager thoroughly

Future Activities

With the goal of creating safe, healthy working environments, we are implementing thorough safety measures at facilities to improve working conditions, establishing basic safety procedures, and working to reduce risks based on risk assessments. We will also work to maintain a record of zero significant labor accidents.

Concrete Activities

  • On September 1, 2017, we opened the Safety Training Center at the South Site of Nikaho Plant. The center provides experience-based hazard training based on the concept of “look, listen and feel” to raise workers’ sensitivity to risk factors. As of March 31, 2019, a total of 4,644 employees had attended the training in the Akita district. Plans call for 5,000 employees to complete the training by the end of September 2019, and starting in October, the training will be conducted at sites outside the Akita region using a traveling caravan and other means.
  • We established a system of environmental health & safety (EHS) coordinators in Japan, China, the ASEAN region, Europe, and the U.S., for developing health and safety activities suited to the situation in each region. We are also trying to improve the level of occupational health and safety activities by implementing factory safety diagnostics and by sharing best practices at conferences that address safe work environments.

Employee Health Management (TDK Corporation)

Working to Ensure Good Health

The company considers the health of employees and their families to be a top priority. We recognize the creation of a safe, healthy work environment as a key management issue for enabling employees to carry out their duties under the best working conditions. We will take action to ensure that such an environment is created.

To keep our staff healthy, we not only conduct physical examinations of employees on a regular basis, we also have industrial physicians, health maintenance technicians, and dentists on staff at our major locations, creating an environment in which employees can address their health concerns and have dental checkups on an everyday basis. Also, the employee health insurance union has arranged for an outside service that offers telephone health consultations 24 hours a day, besides implementing various initiatives such as the "Health Challenge Campaign" aimed at supporting lifestyle improvements among employees.
In the Akita region, the company is implementing a Total Health Promotion (THP) Plan, mainly through its health management centers. Through this program, which offers employees health guidance and exercise programs tailored to their individual needs, we are boosting awareness of health-related matters, such as the importance of exercising and leading a healthy lifestyle.
Furthermore, in fiscal 2018 we set up a health management project promotion committee that is composed of people from the company, health insurance associations, occupational health workers, and labor unions. The committee will study various proposals and will develop activities to promote health.

Mental health care

Besides regular health management, we take an active interest in mental health issues, a subject that has become a focus of social concern in recent years. We have implemented a “return to the workplace support program,” which includes measures to facilitate rehabilitation and enable a smooth transition for returning employees. Also, to make counseling more accessible, we have established mental health consultation centers staffed by specialists at major locations, and we hold periodic seminars for employees concerning mental health.
TDK will continue to conduct stress checks and mental health related training programs for its employees.
As of fiscal 2016, we are conducting stress checks to assess stress levels of individual employees and to prevent mental health issues before they have a chance to happen. Through stress checks and various kinds of training, the goal is to foster a dynamic workplace where each and every employee is able to deal effectively with stress.