Chemical Risk Assessments
Epson provided eight instructors at government request for a Chemical Risk Assessment Workshop held in Suwa in Nagano, Japan, in February 2016. The workshop was arranged to teach the purpose of chemical risk assessments and techniques for assessing risks using case studies and other materials. Kazuo Yajima, who heads up the health and safety section of the Okaya Labor Standards Inspection Office, says, "Epson is a leader in the Suwa area . I would like the company to help spread and entrench labor safety and health programs in our community."
Co-sponsored by the Okaya Labor Standards Inspection Office and the Suwa Labor Standards Association, the workshop was held to prepare area companies to comply with a 2016 amendment to the Japanese Industrial Safety and Health Act that will make chemical risk assessments compulsory. The workshop was attended by 85 people from 67 companies in the Suwa area. Epson was asked to provide instructors for the workshop because of its proactive efforts to implement internal chemical risk assessments immediately after government chemical risk assessment guidelines were first announced in 2006. Going forward, Epson will continue to communicate and work closely with local governments in communities where it operates.
Appointment as Chairing Company of the Japan Business Machine and Information System Industries Association (JBMIA)
In May 2016, Epson was appointed as the chairing company of the Japan Business Machine and Information System Industries Association (JBMIA) and Minoru Usui, president of Epson, was elected as the president of the JBMIA. JBMIA is an industry group that aims to promote the general development of business machines and the information system industry associated with them, developing the Japanese economy, and improving office environments.
The Association represents manufacturers of copiers, all-in-ones, printers, digital printing machines, data projectors, shredders, document management systems and so on. The Association has made policy recommendations and requested deregulation concerning the environment and trade both inside and outside governments and agencies, released statistics for office equipment shipped, and pursued standardization of various types of equipment. JBMIA will continue to respond to diversifying environmental regulations, strengthening cooperation with overseas organizations to build a global business system, and contributing to the development of industry and society.
Dialogue with Local Residents
Seiko Epson and Epson Group companies in Japan organize events to exchange ideas with the local residents of the communities in which we operate. We strive to build a positive relationship of trust with the community by cultivating a deeper understanding of our environmental initiatives and risk management system. In fiscal 2015, we held such events at eight business sites in Japan.