Occupational Safety and Health
Approach to Occupational Safety and Health
Epson believes that providing and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment and promoting physical and mental well-being are the foundation of a healthy company. Accordingly, understanding that safety and health are the lifeblood of the company, we have instituted safety and health activities at our sites around the world, so that our employees and partners can enjoy working as part of a team in a healthy environment and in the knowledge that they are safe and secure.
The core component of this effort is the New Epson Safety & Health Program (NESP), established in FY2000. Covering safety, health, fire/disaster prevention, and facilities, this original Epson program is based on an occupational safety and health management system (OSHMS) that conforms to International Labour Organization (ILO) guidelines. Since that program came into effect, we have enforced the Basic NESP Policy and manage our workplaces with the idea that every workplace is responsible for maintaining its own safety.
Epson amended the Management Philosophy earlier this year to reflect our commitment to making Epson an indispensable company and the world a better place. As part of these efforts, we ensure that all legal, regulatory, and internal requirements are observed at all sites around the world. We also endeavor to provide safe, secure, healthy workplaces to maintain and promote the mental and physical wellbeing of our people. Understanding that safety, security, and health are lifelines of the company, we are working together under the leadership of management to eliminate occupational accidents, injuries, and illnesses and to continuously meet the needs of our customers.
Managing Executive Officer
Production Planning Division General Administrative Manager
and Overall Safety and Health Controller
The frequency and severity of occupational accidents in the Epson Group are far lower than those of the national average. However, Epson did experience a serious occupational accident in FY2018 involving a dust explosion in which an employee suffered burns. In response, Epson conducted safety checks and implemented additional safety measures in all operations where dusts and powders are used in the global Epson Group.
Occupational Safety and Health Initiatives
Global Sharing of Information on Safety and Health
Epson seeks to improve its safety and health programs around the world by holding regular meetings at our production sites in Japan and overseas to share information and discuss issues at different management echelons.
At the executive management level, the chief operating officers and presidents of Epson companies and sites in Japan and overseas separately gather twice a year for meetings of the General Safety and Health Controllers Committee to update one another about actions being taken and discuss issues to identify opportunities for improvement.
At the operational level, managers and health and safety personnel also meet regularly to share information. In Japan, they meet every other month to discuss important topics and issues. Overseas, in China and Southeast Asia, representatives from each manufacturing affiliate meet regularly to get on the same page with respect to shared issues, discuss key actions to ensure compliance with applicable local legal and regulatory requirements, and drive improvement.
Raising Employee Awareness with Accident Reports
Epson analyzes all occupational injuries and accidents in the Epson Group, identifies causes, and makes plans for preventing similar incidents. Occupational accidents are reported in the form of Safety News bulletins that describe accident causes, countermeasures, and actions that all sites are to take to prevent similar accidents in the future. These reports are placed on the intranet and discussed with employees.
Professional Development through Safety and Health Training
Epson considers safety and health training vital for protecting employees. The training curriculum is tailored to the position, roles, and responsibilities of employees. Training for non-management employees focuses on practical techniques such as risk assessment and hazard prediction. Training for managers and supervisors focuses on leadership. All Group companies use the same training curriculum.
In the 2018 fiscal year, we offered an online safety and health course that was taken by 17,692 employees (98.3% of the workforce). We also planned and implemented a basic education course for managers and supervisors overseas. The course was taken by 100% of managers and supervisors in the Greater China Region (580 people) and by 59% in the Southeast Asia territory (599 people). In FY2019, we will provide training to all eligible people, including new managers and supervisors, with a goal of a 100% course completion rate.
Fire and Disaster Prevention
Epson is committed to fire safety and disaster management. Our independent fire brigades help to protect lives and property. Epson Disaster Prevention Day falls on the last work day of each August. We hold fire and disaster drills and practice extinguishing small fires to help minimize damage in the event of a wide-scale disaster. The actions both increase our preparedness and heighten employee awareness.
Formation of Independent Fire Brigades
Epson has had independent fire brigades in place for 64 years. The first brigade was formed in 1955, with 15 employees dedicated to protecting their factory from fire. As our business has grown, so has the number of fire brigades. There are now approximately 900 employee firefighters active at business sites in Japan and at facilities around the world. Fire brigades train year-round to protect life and company property.
Purpose and significance of independent fire brigade initiatives
- Regular training teaches members about firefighting techniques and skills and raises their safety awareness so they can take immediate and proper action in an emergency. This is part of company safety education.
- Initiatives help employees take the lead during fire or natural disasters. Members help to ensure personal safety (relief work) and minimize damage to facilities and equipment (initial fire-fighting).
- Employees who learn about safety and firefighting techniques and skills become key members of the workplace to instruct others there. They model fire/disaster prevention and safety for all employees, which raise workplace awareness of the same.
- Initiatives to fight fire enhance communication. Fire brigades are a good place to foster friendships between members from different departments, develop character, and cultivate human resources.
Fire Brigade Competitions
Epson has held a fire brigade competition annually in September that gives brigade members around the world a chance to demonstrate how quickly they are able to take the proper action in an emergency and to demonstrate their skills in extinguishing a small fire.
About 700 people in 42 teams, including 15 from overseas, took part in the 2018 Competition. The 42 teams consisted of 22 in the small pump division, 12 in the indoor fire hydrant division, and eight in the bugle band division. The high level of fire safety awareness was evident from the seriousness with which the teams competed in bad weather, showing that the spirit to protect lives and property under which the brigades were first formed is alive and well. The entire Epson Group will continue to improve our fire and disaster prevention and management programs.