The Nisshinbo Group's Contributions to the SDGs

The Nisshinbo Group will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the promotion of health and safety activities. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are managed and systematically implemented to achieve the Group's sustainability targets of preventing occupational accidents.

Core SDGs Goals and Targets and the activities of the Nisshinbo Group

The Nisshinbo Group regards SDG 8.8 as a core target, and is promoting health and safety activities accordingly.

  • 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

  • Targets: 8.8

    Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment

Safety and Health Activities

The Nisshinbo Group shares the Business Conduct Guidelines “Safety is the Basis for Everything” with all employees and promotes health and safety activities with the aim of maintaining and improving a safe and supportive working environment.

In fiscal year 2021, in an effort to continue to eliminate serious accidents, the Nisshinbo Group conducted risk assessments (operations, facilities, and chemical substances) and prioritized measures to address serious risks. As preventive safety activities, the Group focused on early detection and elimination of unsafe conditions through workplace patrols, correction of unsafe actions, thorough STOP・CALL・WAIT in the event of problems in parallel with improvements in safety equipment, thorough safety checks prior to maintenance, initiatives to prevent falls in view of the aging of employees as a countermeasure against accidents, and the strengthening of safety training for unskilled employees, including temporary staff, in order to increase risk sensitivity.

Each site strives to raise the safety awareness of each employee through education at the time of recruitment and when changing jobs, educating employees to improve skills, horizontally developing reports of occupational injuries within the group, training in hazard prediction, and through the small group 5S activities. Each site formulates annual plans, conducts risk assessments for equipment, operations, and chemical substances in a planned manner, prioritizes the assessments, and implements preventive safety measures.

Zero Accident Movement

Occurrence of Occupational Injuries

In fiscal year 2021, the Nisshinbo Group had no serious occupational accidents (classified as grade 7 disabilities or higher).

The frequency rate* of work-related injuries, which indicates the frequency of occupational accidents, was 0.16 for the domestic Group as a whole, a significant improvement from 0.50 in fiscal year 2020.

* Frequency of injuries with lost work days: an index of the frequency of injuries with lost work days. Expressed as the number of work-related fatalities and injuries per 1 million total working hours.

Frequency of Injuries with Lost Work Days

Frequency of Injuries with Lost Work Days

  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Japanese manufacturing industry average 1.02 1.20 1.20 1.21 1.31
Nisshinbo Group(Japan) 0.49 0.76 0.65 0.50 0.16

Activities at Business Sites in Other Countries

The Nisshinbo Group employs almost the same number of employees at domestic Group companies as it does at overseas Group companies. Overseas group companies strive to raise the awareness of safety by each employee through the implementation of danger-detection training and danger-perception training provided at each site in accordance with the Guidelines for Behavior with the Fundamentals of Safety as well. In addition, the Nisshinbo Group works to prevent the recurrence of occupational injuries at sites within the Group companies and to prevent similar injuries. Regarding the chemical substances handled, the Group continue to disseminate the danger and thoroughly implement the use of protective equipment to prevent health problems.

Safety and Health Audits

Nisshinbo Group conducts regular occupational safety and health audits of its manufacturing sites in Japan. A monitoring team—consisting of the Health & Safety Group from Nisshinbo Holdings Inc., labor unions, safety and health management staff representing each business, and safety and health officers of other business sites—checks the state of safety and health management at the targeted business sites. In fiscal 2021, the team conducted regular occupational safety and health audits at 44 manufacturing sites in Japan and one manufacturing site in other country.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the monitoring team conducted on-site audits after implementing measures against infectious diseases in Japan and on-line document audits overseas.

At the end of the fiscal year, the monitoring team prepare a comprehensive audit report based on these audit results. The team also share accident risk analysis results and case studies of excellent activities throughout the Group and incorporate them into occupational safety and health activities in the following fiscal year.

Safety and Health Education for Unskilled Persons

One of the priority policies of the Nisshinbo Group in fiscal year 2021 was to strengthen safety education for inexperienced workers, including dispatched employees, by bringing together health and safety personnel from the representative sites of the core companies. The Group set up a working group to discuss safety and health education for inexperienced personnel.

Most inexperienced employees are new employees, including dispatched employees, and although safety and hygiene education in accordance with legislation is implemented at all sites, the educational content of the sites participating in the working group has become a challenge.

Therefore, the working group identified 16 safety and health items that could be used to educate new employees about health and safety and created a model handbook. Consequently, a handbook reflecting the rules of each participating site was prepared, a comprehensibility test was created to check the level of comprehension, and a follow-up check sheet after three months was prepared to avoid mistakes at the time of familiarization. The handbook was also developed from each core company for its affiliates.

Safety and Health Handbook
Safety and Health Handbook

Management Reviews

At the Corporate Strategy Conference, we conduct a management review on the achievement status of the Nisshinbo Group’s safety and health targets, the status of occupational accidents, the results of safety and health audits, and other items, and also set the action policies and targets for the next fiscal year.

Examples of the Nisshinbo Group Activities

Accident-free working hours of 3.9 million hours achieved

On July 16, 2021, the Tatebayashi plant of Nisshinbo Brake Inc. achieved 3.9 million hours of injury-free work.

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare implemented a system to grant an Accident-Free Record to workplaces that have never had occupational injuries for a period of time, and the current record certificates granted were based on the results of reaching Class 1 (3.9 million hours). This is the result of a three-year period (from July 10, 2018, to July 16, 2021) in which all employees in the workplace were aware of safety.

Although it is said that "safety is not a day," the company has addressed a variety of health and safety programs under the top-ranked Safety First ordinance. These outcomes were obtained by prospective, straightforward, and streamlined activities by all colleagues working at each site, including reporting all members of near-miss events, enacting occupational health and safety policies, thorough workforce response procedures, educating employees in safety classes, and promoting equipment risk assessments and countermeasures.

No accident record certification
No accident record certification

Efforts to Prevent Musculoskeletal Diseases

The Korean Saeron Automotive Corporation (SAC) conducted a survey of hazardous factors in the workplace. As a result, the handling of heavy materials by workers who have been working for a long time in a room that mixes rubbing powders was listed as a hazard, and the company is now promoting efforts to prevent musculoskeletal diseases.

In January 2021, fatigue prevention mats were installed at four manual weighing locations, and a weight display board was posted where each raw material is loaded so that workers recognize the weight and workload.

In addition, stretching to relieve muscle fatigue is performed during rest periods. This stretching can reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders, such as low back pain, and knee pain in workers.

Furthermore, there was a risk of musculoskeletal disorders due to the high inlet position of the automated chemical delivery system used in the manufacturing process. However, the company changed the position of the inlet of the supply system (110 cm in height → 55 cm in height) to minimize the work of lifting the chemicals and to reduce the risk to workers.

Promotion of 5S Activities

Nisshinbo Mechatronics Inc. promotes the 5S activities by setting up a model line at each site with the aim of establishing such 5S activities. The company summarizes previous 5S activities and sets goals based on the idea that all members should implement 5S. Between May and July, the company's office visits each base to check on progress and provide guidance.

Furthermore, in fiscal year 2021, Nisshinbo Mechatronics held 5S contests at 10 domestic sites in order to increase motivation for 5S. The primary review took place in November, and the Project Group Safety and Health Director of the Safety and Health Secretariat divided all 10 sites into three blocks to determine whether a system was in place to establish the 5S activities. Secondary reviews were conducted on December 20, and each block representative presented their outcomes on the Web. The review was conducted by the president of NISM and four employees, including the president of Nanbu Plastics Co., Ltd., were ranked as follows: 1st place: Excel Tokai Co., Ltd., 2nd place: Kyushu Nanbu Plastics Co., Ltd., the Saga plant, 3rd place: Nisshinbo Precision Instrument & Machinery Hiroshima Corp., and Nanbu Plastics Co., Ltd., the Oigawa plant.

Through the activities in fiscal year 2021, the momentum toward 5S is increasing within the business group. The company plans to continue the 5S contest to avoid a loss of enthusiasm in fiscal year 2022, as well as to conduct various initiatives, such as academics of elite sites and 5S study meetings.

Received Incentive Awards for Safety and Health Activities

The Asahi plant of Nisshinbo Chemical Inc. won the Incentive Award in 2021, following the 2020 Award for Excellence in Safety Management by the Director of the Chiba Labor Bureau for promoting long-standing safety and health activities.

At this site, the company is working to improve unsafe conditions and difficult-to-perform operations, focusing primarily on zero accidents at each workplace. The plant developed activities to disseminate reports on equipment, circumstances, unsafe work conditions, and difficult tasks for all workplaces and then collected notices to rapidly deal with each reported near-miss event in daily life. The company also teaches inexperienced personnel the knowledge that is needed to adhere to the rules of work, including safety, while checking the actual work, and confirm their comprehensibility.

The company strives to prevent disasters by linking employees' proactive efforts to improving equipment and raising safety awareness.

Incentive award
Incentive award

Conduct search training using a single-person operation detection system

The Tokushima plant is a complex of four companies (Nisshinbo Textile Inc., Nisshinbo Chemical Inc., Nisshinbo Holdings Inc., and Daio Paper Products Corporation). At this complex, the plant introduced a single-person work abnormality detection system to detect and address physical abnormalities at one time. Nisshinbo Textile Inc. of the main company supports the operation of the system as a Safety and Health Liaison Committee office.

In this system, a single operator carries a transmitter, and an alert signal is transmitted when the inclination of the transmitter changes because of a fall; nearby receivers installed in various places of the business site receive the signal. After receiving an alert signal, employees begin searching for the operator with the help of broadcasting on the premises by a security worker. Following the discovery of the person during the simulation, the company provides training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation using a training manikin.

The company continues to conduct twice-yearly search training more than a decade after the introduction of the system. The plant will increase the accuracy of the system so that people can save lives more quickly and also raise the awareness of the safety of employees' each and every.