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- Our Approach / TDK Occupational Health and Safety Charter
- Fiscal 2022 Goals and Achievements / Evaluations and Future Activities
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.
- 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.
- We shall establish voluntary standards for improving our management system to comply with all regulations and other agreements relating to occupational health and safety.
- 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.
- We shall build a framework for achieving the effective functioning of the occupational health and safety management system with clearly defined responsibilities.
- We shall educate and train each level of employee to enhance all employees' comprehension and awareness in making a safe and healthy working environment.
- 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.
- 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.
Promotion of Occupational Health and Safety Management System
At the TDK Group, we have built and deployed an occupational health and safety management system (TDK OHSMS) that complies with the requirements of ISO 45001:2018, the international standard for occupational health and safety. Among the operations of the TDK OHSMS, we conduct risk assessments, and carry out activities to eliminate or mitigate risks such as "exposure to chemical, biological, and physical agents," "tasks that are physically demanding for workers," and "confirming and assessing the safety of production machinery." Furthermore, we are working hard to manage public health, and also making efforts to provide all of our employees with a safe, healthy, and fair working environment by supplying clean water and sanitation facilities among other initiatives.
Locally, we are developing activities that comply with the RBA, which is also an international standard for CSR. In each country or region, at our facilities we clearly post health and safety information in the native language of the employees or a language they can easily understand, and provide education and training. Initiatives that provide for emergency preparedness are another set of our activities. We have established procedures for responding to any emergency that may occur, and conduct evacuation drills that presume such an emergency situation has occurred.
Fiscal 2022 Goals and Achievements / Evaluations and Future Activities
|Fiscal 2022 Goal||Achievement|
|Achieve the "Zero significant labor accident"||
One fatal accident
|Fiscal 2023 Goal|
|Achieve the "Zero significant labor accident"|
Evaluations and Future Activities
Unfortunately, in fiscal 2022, one fatal accident due to electric shock occurred at a Group company's factory in India. With regard to labor accidents and fires that have occurred within the Group including the aforementioned accident, we have been analyzing the situations when an accident occurs and their root causes and then strengthening our countermeasures accordingly. We are further making efforts to prevent similar accidents from recurring by sharing information throughout the Group.
In addition, we are working to further strengthen the level of health and safety management throughout the Group by establishing regional health, safety, and environmental activity promoters (EHS coordinators) for Japan, China, the ASEAN region, Europe, and the Americas, conducting factory safety checks and internal audits, and sharing best practices at safety and environment meetings.
Trends in Labor Accidents (in Japan)
Global Deployment of Experience-Type Safety Education
TDK has begun the global deployment of the experience-type safety education based on the concept of “look, listen, and feel” implemented by the TDK Safety Training Center set up at the Nikaho Factory South Site in the Akita region of Japan in 2017.
We have been undertaking initiatives to raise the safety awareness of our employees. These include having established in 2020 an EHS Training Center at TDK (Zhuhai FTZ) Co., Ltd., one of our manufacturing sites in China, and having established in April 2022 the Safety Training Center at our Mikumagawa Factory.
In addition, in response to cases of factory fires recently both in Japan and overseas, the TDK Group carries out fire-prevention inspections globally and is taking steps to reduce the risk of fire.
The total number of employees in Japan who have trained at the Safety Training Center now stands at 10,438 (1,537 in fiscal 2022).
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 2019 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.
Since fiscal 2017, stress checks have been conducted to assess stress levels of individual employees and to prevent mental health problems from occurring. 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.