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For use in emergencies
Introducing Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
More than 1000 staff members undergo training
Kyocera Corporation (President: Makoto Kawamura) will complete installation of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) this July at a total of twenty bases, including all domestic plants and major offices of the company. AED is a medical device designed to save lives in an emergency.
Kyocera is installing AEDs at all of its nine plants and eleven major offices in Japan to ensure that adequate treatment to save a person's life is available in the event that an employee or a visitor sustains a cardiac arrest. In addition, these plants and offices are inviting firefighters from local fire stations to present training courses in the operation of AEDs. The course has already started in all of these plants and offices. One thousand and seventy-nine people, nearly 10% of all Kyocera employees, will complete their training by July this year.
Training in the operation of AEDs
Background to the installation
In Japan, people were previously unable to render assistance with a defibrillator, which involves administering an electric shock to a patient's heart, unless they had medical certification. In July 2004, the use of AEDs for defibrillation was approved as a part of the first-aid treatment that could be conducted by anyone that happened to be near another person in need of emergency care. Since that time, train stations, airports, local government offices, the premises of public organizations, sport centers and many other facilities have installed AEDs based on the understanding that on-the-spot emergency care is the key to saving a person's life. General companies like ours have many visitors to their premises, where a number of employees work every day.
Being well-prepared enables us to do something in the event of an unexpected emergency. Besides the willingness to install new devices and to train the staff members, the installation of AEDs is part of our commitment to encouraging our staff members to learn first-aid procedures and related knowledge.
Kyocera's commitment to health and safety
Kyocera aims to create "an environment where its staff members can feel safe and secure as they focus on their everyday routines". Kyocera carefully manages the work of its staff members in compliance with written safety standards. Examples include the introduction of a management system to ensure "Occupational Health and Safety(OHSAS18001)" in April 2005, with a view to preventing workplace accidents.
A bulletin board at the Sendai Plant in Kagoshima