Promoting Occupational Health and Safety
Relevance to our business
The driving force behind Fuji Oil Group’s business activities is its diverse human resources. Amid the diversification of working styles and increased labor mobility, we have the social responsibility as a corporate group to ensure the safety of our employees. Our initiatives to promote occupational health and safety directly contribute to the health of our employees.
In the Fuji Oil Group Management Philosophy, the first of our values that inform our actions is “safety, quality, and the environment.” Among these three, the Group places top priority on “safety” to achieve continuous growth. We promote occupational health and safety through the six items of the Basic Policy of Safety and Health below. Our aim is to protect the lives and health of our employees and all the people working at our business sites, and eliminate work-related accidents.
Basic Policy of Safety and Health
- The base of our thought is the dignity of human life.
- The base of our safety activities is the participation by all our officers and employees.
- Every manager has a responsibility of safety control.
- Good physical and mental health makes you a safer worker.
- Making our workplace safe.
- Becoming aware of and avoiding safety risks.
The Chief “ESG” Officer (C“ESG”O) oversees initiatives in this area. The ESG Committee,*1 an advisory body to the board of directors, has been monitoring the progress and results of initiatives as a material ESG issue.*2 The ESG Committee reports insights to the board of directors for review.
*1 Follow the link below to learn more about the ESG Committee.
*2 Follow the link below to learn more about material ESG issues.
Goals / Results
At least 90% complete At least 60% complete Less than 60% complete
|FY2020 Goals||FY2020 Results||Self-assessment|
|Improve awareness of occupational safety among employees to completely eliminate the occurrence of serious accidents and serious property damage accidents||
Although we have been carrying out training on the pointing and calling method and risk prediction to improve awareness of occupational safety, we recognize that such awareness has not been firmly established. The level of occupational safety awareness in some overseas Group companies must be raised.
To promote occupational health and safety, improving the safety awareness of employees is the key issue. To address this issue, we set the following goals for FY2021.
- Study measures to introduce the pointing and calling method, as well as to establish and maintain awareness programs
- Continue programs that promote understanding of the effectiveness of risk prediction training
- Launch initiatives that help raise safety awareness, such as adopting safety simulators using virtual reality (VR)
Occurrence of work-related accidents
In 2020, there were 105 people involved in work-related accidents (injuries with or without lost work time) in the Fuji Oil Group, an increase of five persons from the 100 people recorded in 2019.
For serious accidents, one person had a fatal accident at Unifuji in Malaysia.*1 In response, overseas Group companies conducted comprehensive safety inspections of all work requiring work permits*2 and worked to prevent the recurrence of similar accidents in Group companies.
*1 Equity-method affiliate
*2 Work requiring work permits: Hazardous work such as hot work and work in oxygen-deficient environments
Risk management and countermeasures
In the Fuji Oil Group’s risk management system, occupational health and safety risks are designated as Groupwide significant risks. In 2017, Fuji Oil Holdings Inc. established the Production Productivity Management Group, which works in collaboration with each Group company to eliminate accidents and raise the level of health management in line with the Fuji Oil Group Management Philosophy. This is accomplished by conducting occupational health and safety audits at each production site to assess risks.
Fuji Oil Group companies and their business sites in Japan plan on conducting occupational health and safety audits every year. In FY2020, seven production sites in Japan were audited by the Safety, Quality, and Environment Audit Team of the Safety, Quality, and Environment Audit Office at Fuji Oil Co., Ltd., the regional headquarters in Japan. For Group companies outside Japan, the next occupational health and safety audits are planned based on the results of their previous audits. In FY2020, the Production Productivity Management Group conducted occupational health and safety audits remotely on three production sites outside Japan due to the coronavirus outbreak. With the spread of COVID-19 around the world, we began using wearable cameras* on safety, quality and environmental audits of overseas Group companies, in addition to reviewing documents in advance and conducting reviews via online meetings. Production sites can be visually checked in Japan through live streaming by having people wear cameras onsite.
To evaluate and improve our risk management and countermeasures related to occupational health and safety, we attach greater importance to dialogue between labor and management. For example, Fuji Oil Co., Ltd. holds a monthly Safety and Health Committee meeting in accordance with the labor agreement, in order to discuss employees’ expectations and concerns regarding occupational health and safety.
* Wearable camera: A camera worn on the body that can record video hands-free
Onsite audit using a wearable camera:
Remote audit of Fuji Oil (Singapore) Pte. Ltd conducted by the Production Productivity Management Group
Acquisition of Management Certifications
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The Fuji Oil Group implements measures based on the belief that prevention of labor accidents at manufacturing sites is one of its most important responsibilities. We conduct checks to identify dangerous operations and situations that can lead to accidents and take necessary measures. We also promote the PDCA cycle for risk management, as well as work to identify near-miss incidents.
Furthermore, in recognition of the importance of raising safety awareness among employees throughout the Group, we created safety leaflets in Japanese, English, Chinese and other languages, and distributed them to Group companies. Group companies give employees daily safety warnings using electric bulletin boards or information boards. They also implement other initiatives to heighten employees’ safety awareness, including setting up safety experience rooms in Fuji Oil Co., Ltd. and Fuji Oil (Zhang Jia Gang) Co., Ltd. to simulate dangerous conditions for employees.
Group companies in Japan promote safety education with the aim of “enhancing sensitivity to danger through safety education.” In addition to the pointing and calling method, we are working on further improving safety by expanding the content of safety education, as well as by enlivening the entire organization through greetings, chats and other communication in order to create a bright workplace. Overseas Group companies are also engaged in various safety initiatives, including adopting the pointing and calling method, education on the effectiveness of risk prediction training, comprehensive safety inspections for work requiring work permits, full inspections of electrical equipment, safety communication activities,*1 and safety meetings.*2 The whole Group is committed to working together to prevent occupational accidents.
*1 Safety communication activities: Activities to raise employees’ safety awareness by handing down knowledge of past labor accidents and countermeasures to younger generations
*2 Safety meetings: Meetings held before the day’s work begins to inform workers about safety matters that require special attention that day
Safety patrol by the security team in PT. Freyabadi Indotama (Indonesia)
Placard for the FY2020 Safety Week at Fuji Oil (Zhang Jia Gang) Co., Ltd. (China)