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Occupational health and safety management system

Policies and structure of health and safety management

Central Safety & Hygiene Committee

To ensure the safety of all employees, enhance and maintain their health, and promote comfortable working environments, various activities based on ROHM's health and safety policies are being implemented by the following bodies under the Central Safety and Hygiene Committee.
The Committeeis headed by the Safety and Hygiene executive manager, who is assigned by the director.

Safety and Hygiene Policies

Recognizing that safety and health is one of the most important issues in all business activities, we are taking a proactive approach in creating safe and comfortable working environment, in maintaining and enhancing the physical and mental well being, in adherence with the spirit of CSR.

  1. We abide by the safety and health-related laws, other requirements and internal regulations.
  2. We conduct risk assessments to identify the hazards and the magnitude of risks in the workplace, for which countermeasures to reduce the risk levels are implemented, thereby preventing occupational accidents.
  3. We exert efforts to increase the awareness concerning safety and health by providing scheduled education, training, etc., and strive to prevent injuries, mental illnesses by creating comfortable workplaces through voluntary activities.
  4. We establish and execute safety and health objectives and implementation plans for continual improvement of issues and strive for further enhancement through periodic reviews.

22 years of zero accidents that require time off from work at ROHM Headquarters

A certificate of meritA certificate of merit

ROHM carries out risk assessments and internal patrols through its Central Safety and Hygiene Committee with the goal of zero work-related injuries. These efforts have ensured zero accidents that require time off from work for 22 consecutive years as of FY 2016.
Health and safety management is being enforced at each domestic and overseas production company with the goal of zero incidences of work-related injuries.
ROHM also uses a Legal Compliance Checklist once a year to evaluate the degree of understanding and level of compliance with laws related to health and safety at each company.

Incidence Rate (ROHM Group)

Incidence Rate (ROHM Group)

Severity Rate (ROHM Group)

Severity Rate (Rohm Group)

For FY 2017, the following programs will be implemented in order to achieve zero accidents that require time off work: 1) Hosting of hands-on safety education, 2) Implementation of reciprocal patrols with related companies and 3) Safety improvement briefing sessions among production department managers.

※Ref… Electronic component, device, and electronic circuitry manufacturing industry average Incidence
Rate: 0.36 / Severity rate: 0.01 Source: 2015 Workplace Accident Trend Survey, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
Taken from the general results [of the business establishment survey (with 100 or more people) and the general construction industry survey

Awards ceremony at an overseas production company

Awards ceremony at an overseas production company 表彰式の様子

The production company in the Philippines was awarded a bronze prize from the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment for its excellent results on health and safety initiatives.

Safety and hygiene risk assessment

ROHM conducts risk assessments in order to prevent occupational accidents. Following the three processes involves identifying sources of dangers and hazards, setting priorities by estimating associated risks and taking measures to reduce those risks. ROHM conducts these assessments not only when introducing new equipment and chemicals but also when risks change because of changes to equipment or operations using designated forms when necessary, to make planned improvements.

  • Chemical risk assessment
  • Machine risk assessment
  • Operational risk assessment

ROHM conducts the risk assessment using an its own form and based on strict standards, and requires that measures be taken until the risk is improved to an acceptable level that assuredly preempts occupational disaster.

Safety and hygiene audits and in-company patrols

ROHM conducts safety and hygiene audits and various patrols to extract and correct any shortfalls in the working environment and operations. ROHM also appoints a patrol and hygiene administrator for each workplace to monitor hygiene in each workplace once a week

Summary of audits patrols Summary of audits patrols

Safety and Health Cross Checks

ROHM has been implementing a safety and health cross check program across all related companies in both domestic and international regions to reinforce and improve safety and healthmaintenance levels.
For the cross checks, the levels of 5S management and general safety and health management are grasped for all related companies and useful areas are improved and implemented into the company program to improve its overall level.
This cross check program was started in FY 2015 and was implemented at nine domestic sites and eight overseas sites for a total of 17 sites in FY 2016, and we plan to continue this program in the future

Scene from a cross check meetingScene from a cross check meeting
Scene of cross checking on siteScene of cross checking on site

General Internal Safety and Health Audits

After our main domestic and international production facilities received OHSAS 18001 certification, general internal safety and health auditing has been implemented since FY 2016. The purpose of this is to confirm that the management systems of each group company are functioning and that such activities are in line with the ROHM Group's directions and goals and are resulting in positive outcomes.
For this fiscal year, seven domestic sites and five overseas sites for a total of 12 sites are being audited. Problems that are extracted from the results of the audits are brought to the table at each group company and are fixed to improve the management level of the entire group.

Scene from a General Internal Safety and Health AuditsmeetingScene from a General Internal Safety and Health Auditsmeeting
Scene of audits on siteScene of audits on site

Safety management of equipment

ROHM sets safety criteria when introducing equipment to prohibit the use under unsafe conditions and thereby prevent occupational accidents.
Specifically, ROHM has standardized procedures for confirming safety using operating rules, equipment handling manuals, etc., clarified the flow from equipment introduction to operation, and established a system that prevents anyone from ordering any equipment until its safety is ascertained by a "Written Confirmation of Safety Review of Machine/Device Prior to Introduction." Furthermore, with the "Written Confirmation of Safety Review of Machine/Device Prior to Operation," the system prohibits anyone from operating the machine or device until the safety confirmation of the installed equipment has been completed prior to the actual operation.

Handling and control of toxic substances

ROHM has set original control rules on the handling and control of toxic substances*, to prevent the exposure to such substances, and conducts environmental measurements in compliance with the "Guidelines for the Prevention of Health Damage by Mutagenic Chemical Substances." Controlled substances are reviewed once a year by the Special Committee on Chemicals. ROHM also keeps and refers to past year records and conducts monitoring patrols.

※Toxic substance (general) is a collective term for substances that remain detoxified in the environment for an extended period of time and have a harmful effect on the human body.

Safety and hygiene education

ROHM regularly imparts in-company safety and hygiene education, Safety officer/VDT operation management workshop and KYT workshop and encourages its employees to acquire related safety and hygiene qualifications via outside seminars, etc.
ROHM also crafts annual plans on acquiring qualifications for each division, distributes notices of seminars offering qualification to target divisions, and checks the status of acquired qualifications through the Central Safety and Hygiene Committee and Safety and Hygiene Special Committee.

Seminar for safety administratorsSeminar for safety administrators
Seminar for VDT work administratorsSeminar for VDT work administrators
Examples of acquired qualifications in 2016
  • Hygiene administrator. 88 persons
  • Organic solvent handler. 56 persons
  • Specified chemical substances,
    tetraalkyllead, etc. handler.
    86 persons
  • Safety administrator. 90 persons
  • VDT work administrator. 180 persons

Traffic safety education

In order to prevent traffic accident, ROHM has organized traffic accident prevention committees to encourage a variety of activities.
Attendance at training lectures for traffic accident prevention is mandatory for all new commuters who use private cars, motorcycles, or bicycles, raising consciousness of traffic safety. ROHM has also set up seatbelt check, monitoring employee using umbrella while commuting by bicycle, wearing earphones and using cellphone and distribution of flyers 'Safety Road', as well as educational activities for complying with traffic rules and improving commuting manners.

monitoring employee using umbrella while commuting by bicyclemonitoring employee using umbrella while commuting by bicycle
Driving workshopDriving workshop
Educational flyer 'Safety Road'Educational flyer 'Safety Road'

Installment of AED (Automated External Defibrillator)

Regular life-saving workshopsRegular life-saving workshops
Installment of AED Installment of AED

An AED (automated external defibrillator) has been installed in each building(total 20) in the company and ROHM holds training sessions so that many employees can handle the device without panicking if the need arises.
Instructions on how to use an AED or CPR have been imparted in regular life-saving workshops and 168 persons have attended the workshops in 2016 at Headquarters, Kyoto Technology Center and Yokohama Technology Center