Safety and Health

Basic Concept

The Sumitomo Electric Group has placed safety as one of the most important managerial issues, and it has continued making efforts to eliminate occupational accidents, including activities led by the safety and health organization, promotion of equipment safety measures, and establishment of a safety and health education system. Recognizing that ensuring the health and safety of employees is essential for continuous business operations and is also part of our corporate social responsibility, we established “Safety Philosophy,” and “Principles of Safety Activities” in fiscal 2019, in addition to “Occupational Safety & Health Guidelines.” Aiming to be the safest company in the world, the entire group is making a concerted effort in performing health and safety activities.

Safety Philosophy

  • Safety is our top priority.

  • All accidents can be prevented.

Principles of Safety Activities

  • Top managements of business sites and organizations shall act to lead by example of themselves in improvement of the safety culture.

  • Mutually enlighten safety consciousness through bidirectional communication.

  • All members shall act to aim a global top safe enterprise.

Occupational Safety & Health Guidelines

We, Sumitomo Electric Group, raise "Safety is our top priority" in group wide, and, aim comfortable workplaces able to work in safe and ease, by belief of top management and efforts of individuals in the group, under the basic spirit of "Respect for Humanity".
We establish and enforce following guidelines, and actively endeavor to improve the occupational safety and health.

  • By eliminating every hazardous and harmful elements from the workplace, aim to be a top enterprise of "Zero Accidents, Zero Dangers".

  • Comply company rules, as well as, regal regulations and other safety requirements.

  • By conducting safety & health education and training, enhance the sensitivity and knowledge.

  • Achieve work environment able to work comfortably in health in both mental and physical aspects.

Group-wide safety convention(chanting a safety slogan in unison)
Group-wide safety convention<br> (chanting a safety slogan in unison)

Creating a Corporate Culture Where “Safety Comes First”

The Safety Philosophy gives top priority to safety, and the President conveys safety messages directly to all employees at the Group-wide safety conventions (held twice a year) and via internal safety broadcasts (carried twice a year) to ensure compliance with the Policy. It is crucial that top management demonstrates a clear policy. The safety policy and targets for each business unit are disseminated via the safety commitment of the general manager.
To create a corporate culture where “Safety comes first,” we are continuously promoting safety activities involving all employees and various forms of safety education with resolute honesty.

Accidents involving injuries, Lost Time Injuries Freguency Rate for Employees in Japan

Promotion of Occupational Safety and Health Management and Strengthening of Risk Assessment Practice

To achieve perfect occupational safety, it is essential to eliminate risk factors, and thus it is important to promote introduction of an occupational safety and health management system and strengthen risk assessments. An occupational safety and health management system is a system for taking measures before an accident occurs by identifying and evaluating hazard sources and harmful elements latent in field work. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare recommends its introduction as part of activities to eliminate occupational accidents, and activities to promote this system are carried out internationally.
The Sumitomo Electric Group is promoting introduction of the occupational safety and health management system and actively working to carry out risk assessments based on the system (identification and evaluation of hazard sources at work), thereby reducing risk levels in a planned manner. We will continue to reduce risk levels in the future.

(left) Safety Management Global Standard (right) Forklift Safety Management Global Standard
(left) Safety Management Global Standard (right) Forklift Safety Management Global Standard

Group Global Safety & Maintenance assessment Activities

Under the Industrial Safety and Health Law, we must manage appropriate working environments for dangerous or harmful operations, provide legally required education, take equipment safety measures. To check that domestic affiliates appropriately fulfill these requirements, and to check the progress of their voluntary management activities, we are rolling out Group Global Safety/Maintenance Diagnosis in manufacturing sectors and affiliates in Japan and overseas.
In the evaluation of safety and maintenance capabilities, in addition to checking various management activities, the auditors tour the plants and give instructions in order to ensure that segments with potential risks are identified and appropriate measures are taken. In particular, the safety measures on equipment are also evaluated in the facilities which involve especially high risks. We also identify the strengths and weaknesses of the audited sections and affiliates by scoring the factors in the checklist including the equipment procurement system, maintenance capacity and plant fire prevention ability and provide follow-ups and support to ensure that the sections and affiliates take proper measures.

Safety and Health Education System
Safety and Health Education System (Administrative, Managerial and Engineering Members)

Safety and Health Education

With the goal of achieving perfect occupational safety, the Sumitomo Electric Group regards safety education important and provides legally required education and educational sessions that enable employees to gain necessary safety and health knowledge according to their positions in a systematic and planned manner by incorporating such training programs into the curriculum of SEI University.
Because safety and manufacturing are closely related, we set up facilities where dangerous situations can be physically experienced in the Technical Training Center, a manufacturing education center; the facilities provide safety training that enable individuals to physically experience dangerous situations.
Furthermore, we provide the KKP (KIBAN KYOHKA training Program), which consists of lectures, exercises and reporting assignments about practical themes for mid-level employees in Japan and overseas, and repetitive position-based educational sessions to prevent occupational accidents for employees who have not received safety education for a certain period of time, thereby enhancing safety education programs.

Sumitomo Electric Group Health

We consider that the Sumitomo Electric Group cannot achieve sustainable development or growth without the health of each employee. Announcing the Sumitomo Electric Group Health Management Declaration in 2015, we launched "Kenkatsu!" activities in June 2017 to manage and improve the health of employees in workplaces and have since actively supported the health promotion activities of employees.

Sumitomo Electric Group Health Management Declaration