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Occupational Safety

Kyocera Group Environmental Safety Policy

The Kyocera Group is committed to creating a safe and secure work environment for our employees through the Kyocera Group Environmental Safety Policy, based on our Management Rationale.
Despite a recent downward trend in the rate of work-related accidents following a peak in FY2011, our performance has remained relatively steady and has not shown significant annual improvement.
Work-related accidents generally result from deficiencies in awareness of safety procedures (training) among inexperienced employees and insufficient risk awareness for specific tasks.
In response, a system for implementing risk assessments has been created; efforts have been made to improve risk identification and countermeasures further; a revamping of the training system for inexperienced employees is under consideration; and, a new type of hazard awareness training has been introduced.
In the medium to long term, we aim to foster operational excellence through safety-focused workplaces. Employees can educate each other through safety management activities in which all employees participate.

Kyocera Group Environmental Safety Policy

Compliance with laws and other regulations

  • Kyocera will comply with laws, agreements, and internal standards regarding the environment and work safety.

Provide products that contribute to the global environment

  • Kyocera will increase research and development of products that make a positive contribution to the enhancement of the global environment and minimize environmental impact at all stages of the product life cycle; and the Company will strive to spread the use of such products.

Contribute to a sustainable society

  • Kyocera will promote greenhouse gas emission control in the entire value chain to contribute to the realization of a carbon-free society.
  • Kyocera will contribute to the realization of a society with sustainable recycling of resources by purchasing resources with low environmental impact, reducing the volume of new resource consumption, and minimizing waste.
  • Kyocera will strive to prevent environmental pollution by properly managing chemical substances in all processes.
  • Kyocera will advance conservation of biodiversity by minimizing negative impacts on the natural environment, as well as by protecting and nurturing the natural environment.

Ensure employee health and safety and prevent accidents and disasters

  • Kyocera aims to build a corporate culture that creates an accident-free and disaster-free workplace environment where everyone can work safely and with peace of mind.
  • Kyocera will conduct risk assessments and reduce occupational health and safety risks by eliminating sources of danger in order to prevent workplace accidents and disasters.
  • Kyocera strives to build a work environment where employees feel healthy, enjoy job satisfaction and can reach their maximum potential by promoting mental and physical health.

Conduct stakeholder communication

  • Kyocera will support Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities and communicate with various stakeholders.

Operation of an environmental and safety management system

  • In the course of business activities, through operation of the management system, the Kyocera Group will proactively promote comprehensive measures for environmental protection and work safety, based on the management rationale, and continuously improve environmental and safety performance.

April 1, 2020
Kyocera Corporation
Hideo Tanimoto, President

Target

The Kyocera Group has established Kyocera Group Environmental Safety Targets, which outline targets relating to energy, CO2, water, industrial waste, conservation of biodiversity, plastic reduction, and the reduction of work and fire-related accidents.

  • Reduce the number of work-related accidents by 30% or more from the previous year.
  • Reduce the number of work-related accidents involving workers with less than one year of work experience. Additionally, reduce the number of accidents resulting from being caught in, cut, scraped, or hit by a vehicle by 50% or more from the previous fiscal year.
  • The target for the number of fire-related accidents is zero.

Occupational Safety Promotion System

The Kyocera Group has established a safety management system based on ISO45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management guidelines to promote occupational safety and health.

Environmental and Safety Management System

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【Individual Certification】

Review of FY2020

Changes in Lost-Time Accident Rates (Japan)

The lost-time accident rate of the Kyocera Group (in Japan) in FY2020 was 0.22, lower than the average of all manufacturing industries, as well as the electric machinery and appliance manufacturing industries. (Our target was 0.15.)

There were 46 instances of lost time as a result of accidents at affiliated companies outside of Japan. We investigate the causes of accidents occurring at our worldwide locations and implement safety measures to remove any potential hazards.

Going forward, we will continue to reduce the number of industrial accidents and create a safe and secure working environment for all our employees.

Lost time accident rate

Image: Lost time accident rate

The lost time accident rates of all manufacturing industries and electrical machinery and appliance manufacturing industries are based on data from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

Lost time accident rate: Number of afflicted persons / 1 million hours (The number of days of missed work is as per the standards of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.)

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare figures utilize fiscal year data. (Lost time of one day or more)

Kyocera Corporation and Kyocera Group (in Japan) lost time accident rates utilize fiscal year data. (Lost time of one day or more)

Occupational Disease Rate Within Kyocera Group (Japan)

  FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Occupational disease rate 0.11 0.18 0.07

The occupational disease has been calculated based on all instances covered by the Appended Table 1-2 of the Ordinance for Enforcement of the Labor Standards Act (including diseases due to physical factors, diseases caused by the nature of the work, injuries caused by chemical substances, and others.)

Examples of Major Initiatives

Risk Assessments

In order to prevent accidents, in Japan, we appoint risk assessment trainers and risk assessors at each business site and continue to develop risk assessment measures. Risk assessment trainers and risk assessors receive practical training and lectures regarding the necessary base knowledge and skills. They then perform risk assessments to gain an understanding of hazards through the appropriate identification and evaluation of risks before implementing countermeasures. This serves to prevent accidents before they occur.
We will continue to make improvements by establishing more effective risk identification methods and improving the capabilities of our risk assessment trainers and risk assessors to prevent accidents.

Risk Assessment Overview

Risk Assessment Overview
Practical training for risk assessment trainers
Practical training for risk assessment trainers
Lectures for risk assessment trainers
Lectures for risk assessment trainers

Hazard Awareness Training Using Virtual Reality (VR)

Kyocera Corporation runs hazard awareness training that utilizes VR. Inexperienced employees are given a virtual experience of the dangers inherent in their work. This boosts their hazard awareness and makes them more safety-conscious in their actions. Through this training, we are endeavoring to prevent work-related injuries and deaths.

VR experience of getting a hand trapped in a press (Kagoshima Kokubu Plant)
VR experience of getting a hand trapped in a press (Kagoshima Kokubu Plant)

VR hazard awareness training content

Falling downstairs / Getting a hand trapped in a conveyor belt / Getting a hand trapped in a press

Regular Environmental and Safety Patrols

At Kyocera, plant/office managers and safety managers periodically conduct safety patrols at worksites. In addition to these patrols, the company-wide environmental safety officer conducts an environmental and safety inspection on a regular basis. These activities aim to share risks and issues at worksites and raise employees' safety awareness.

Environmental and safety inspection by the Kyocera Group Environment and Safety Supervisor
Environmental and safety inspection by the Kyocera Group Environment and Safety Supervisor

Holding Information Sessions on Workplace Safety

The Kyocera Group regularly holds information sessions about onsite work safety to prevent business partners who enter our sites for service or other related work from being involved in accidents. We hold information sessions to explain campus safety work rules and activities for accident prevention. During these sessions, Kyocera staff and business partners confirmed safety precautions and shared a renewed sense of safety awareness.

Safety information session (Shiga Gamo Plant and Shiga Yohkaichi Plant)
Safety information session (Shiga Gamo Plant and Shiga Yohkaichi Plant)
Safety information session (Shiga Yasu Plant)
Safety information session (Shiga Yasu Plant)
Safety information session (Kagoshima Sendai Plant)
Safety information session (Kagoshima Sendai Plant)

Environmental Safety Technology Exchange Meeting

The Kyocera Group held periodic environmental safety technology exchange meetings in China to improve environmental and safety management at overseas production sites by sharing information.
Managers and engineers from the Kyocera Head Office and sites in China attended this conference to announce environmental and safety issues and improvement measures, and to share research and technical information. We continue to make efforts to improve environmental and safety management levels at our sites in China.
Kyocera intends to carry out various activities to maintain and improve environmental safety management at overseas sites.

Technical exchange meeting (Shanghai Kyocera Electronics Co. Ltd.)
Technical exchange meeting (Shanghai Kyocera Electronics Co. Ltd.)
Technical exchange meeting (Shanghai Kyocera Electronics Co. Ltd.)
Technical exchange meeting (Shanghai Kyocera Electronics Co. Ltd.)

Deployment of Kyocera Perfect 5S Promotion Activities

The 5S ( Seiri: Sort / Seiton: Set in Order / Seiso: Shine / Seiketsu: Sanitize / Shitsuke: Sustain) is at the heart of work at the Kyocera Group. Aiming to implement 5S activities perfectly at every worksite, Kyocera Perfect 5S Promotion Activities are being introduced globally. Each worksite regularly evaluates the degree of 5S achievement using a company-wide standardized checklist and identifies areas for improvement. Then all members work together to make improvements in the areas identified. 5S training provides an understanding of the objectives and effects of 5S promotion activities. Employees who have completed this training serve as evaluators in order to ensure fair and impartial evaluation and objective judgment. Through these activities, Kyocera aims to create a working environment where every employee can work safely and with peace of mind and to raise each employee's awareness of and commitment to 5S.

On-site explanation of 5S promotion activities (Kagoshima Sendai Plant)
On-site explanation of 5S promotion activities (Kagoshima Sendai Plant)