Basic policy

Sumitomo Forestry prioritizes occupational health and safety above all else on housing construction sites. Therefore, we raise awareness about information and important items about safety in employees of the Sumitomo Forestry Group of course but also every worker involved with Sumitomo Forestry Home, such as on-site construction contractors. In addition, Sumitomo Forestry strives to properly dispose of and recycle waste while making every effort to reduce the environmental impact.

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Occupational Health and Safety on Construction Sites

At the beginning of every fiscal year, the Divisional Manager of the Housing and Construction Division formulates an Occupation Health and Safety Policy to provide notification based on circumstances such as the accidents that occurred in the previous period, the state of occupational health and safety promotion as well as compliance with relevant laws. In addition, permeating a safety culture has been designated as a basic policy, and we are working to achieve this in primarily three ways; compliance with the law, promotion of occupation health and safety education and eradication of occupational injuries.

Always raising awareness toward the recognition of safety first permeates this safety culture. Offices, branches and building contractors set important management targets for the fiscal year to eliminate five-types of major accidents; falls, accidents with tools, things tipping over and accidents with heavy machines.

Safety check at construction site

Safety check at construction site

Occupational Health and Safety System for Housing Business Sites (Revised October 1, 2010)

Occupational Health and Safety System for Housing Business Sites (Revised October 1, 2010)

Lost-time injury frequency rate for contractors on housing construction sites

FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017
Number of occupational injuries*1 11 11 6 12 9
Lost-time injury frequency rate*2 1.98 3.63 2.23 3.35 2.31
Work-related illness frequency rate 0 0 0 0 0

*1 The number of work-related accidents resulting in payment of compensation benefits for absence from work in accordance with the Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance Act is disclosed.

*2 Lost-time injury frequency rate = Number of occupational fatalities or injuries resulting in an absence from work of at least one day ÷ Total number of working hours × 1,000,000
After review into housing construction-related working hours in fiscal 2014, the total working hours have been reduced in comparison to fiscal 2013 and earlier.

Training Designed to Improve Awareness for Occupational Health and Safety

Based on the results of the monthly health and safety patrols and work site surveys, the Housing and Construction Division and each branch organize training programs with specific cases promoting health and safety, targeting the OHS managers, as well as the leaders (subcontractors) in each job category on construction sites.

In addition, training is designed for maintaining safety such as when workers use grinders*, which are fraught with great hazard, and when they work with circular saws, which are susceptible to accidents due to misuse despite being simple and easy to use.

* Operation with an electric tool to cut by rotating a grinding stone

Training for circular saw work

Training for circular saw work

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Initiatives to Achieve Zero Emissions

Initiative for Reduction of Industrial Waste Generated at New Housing Construction Sites

Acquisition of the Inter-region Recovery and Recycling Certification by the Ministry of Environment

Sumitomo Forestry acquired the inter-region recovery and recycling certification from the Ministry of the Environment in December 2010. This certification builds an industrial waste recycling system by allowing transport of waste by proprietors other than waste disposal operators.

Our industrial waste management system for new housing construction helps contribute to the rationalization of waste disposal, secure traceability, and collect detailed data about the waste that is produced, including the use of inbound material transporters in collecting and transferring waste.

FY2017 Initiatives to Reduce Waste

In July 2014, Sumitomo Forestry set up the Waste Reduction Working Group comprising representatives from the product development, materials, logistics, design, production and environment divisions. The working group plans and implements a wide range of measures to reduce waste on new housing construction sites.

We discovered two-thirds of all our waste is made up of wood waste, gypsum board and cardboard from detailed data about waste aggregated from the industrial waste management system used under this inter-region certification. We are working to reduce waste by concentration on these three primary forms of waste.

We changed the standards for interior furniture and fixtures, improved gypsum board construction methods for open areas, and revised wood and other curing methods in fiscal 2017. In particular, wood and other curing methods can realize approximately 150 kg reduction of waste (cardboard) per home by replacing conventional disposable curing materials with reusable curing materials. The effect should become visible in fiscal 2018.

Furthermore, we strive to raise awareness on construction sites by providing feedback of data for waste emissions of each property.

Operations at the Metropolitan Area Recycling Center

Sumitomo Forestry used the acquisition of the inter-region recovery and recycling certification to establish the Metropolitan Area Recycling Center in Kazo, Saitama Prefecture for advanced sorting and data collection.

The Metropolitan Area Recycling Center started full operation in fiscal 2012 and has been collecting and processing waste produced by new housing construction sites of the metropolitan and six prefectures of Kanto (Metropolitan Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Gunma prefectures).

Setting up the Metropolitan Area Recycling Center brings data feedback to product development, resource procurement and production management divisions by facilitating the collection of specifications, construction branches as well as the detailed status and trends of waste generation in each region. This data is being leveraged in our initiatives to reduce waste.

The Metropolitan Area Recycling Center

The Metropolitan Area Recycling Center

Flow of materials distribution and collection of industrial waste

Flow of materials distribution and collection of industrial waste

Initiative for Recycling of Industrial Waste Generated at New Housing Construction Sites

Sumitomo Forestry meticulously sorts waste generated on new housing construction sites. We will raise awareness through mediums such as posters including specific waste information to make sorting to 11 categories of waste easier.

This initiative works to expand operation under the inter-region recovery and recycling certification, build processing routes led by Sumitomo Forestry, and further promote recycling even in regions outside the metropolitan area.

The Sumitomo Forestry Group also upholds the 2020 target in its Mid-Term CSR Management Plan to reduce the industrial waste generated at new housing construction sites by 30% from the fiscal 2013 level. In fiscal 2017, the disposed industrial waste per new house has decreased by 15.5% from the fiscal 2013 level.

Reduction Rate of Industrial Waste Generated at New Housing Construction Sites

Reduction Rate
FY 2013 (Baseline) -
FY 2015 -2.5%
FY 2016 -8.8%
FY 2017 -15.5%
FY 2020 (Target year) -30%

Waste Management for Demolition Work

Sumitomo Forestry is strengthening management by building a system able to confirm the type, quality and packaging of waste to transport from demolition work sites using mobile phones and smartphones.

The delivery confirmation invoice sent thanks to input into an electronic manifest checks whether the issuance is correct via our system.

Moreover, this system has been fully adopted by all demolition partners as of fiscal 2013.

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Together with Construction Contractors

Sumitomo Forestry publishes monthly safety and environment information that includes information and topics about safety and the environment to help prevent accidents and avoid risks by repeatedly raising awareness at branches and construction contractors.

Safety Training for Construction Contractors

Sumitomo Forestry conducts safety training throughout Japan by visiting builders and demolition contractors throughout Japan. Directly instructing the people working on-site advances our initiatives toward on-site safety and the environment by building understanding about instructions from our company such as permeating a safety culture.

Conducting Environmental Training for Business Partners

In fiscal 2017, we began conducting joint trainings for personnel in charge of industrial waste management and administration personnel in charge of manifest input at demolition contractors at branches. This joint learning environment becomes a venue for communication with our business partners and realizes close contact between branch administration and demolition contractors to ensure smooth electronic manifest input vital to industrial waste management.

Education for Construction Contractors

Sumitomo Forestry holds monthly health and occupation councils at branches for the purpose of preventing construction accidents by promoting health and safety. On-site health and safety patrols help bring awareness about safety to construction contractors and provides advice to enhance knowledge, such as confirming the state of sites and improving guidance.

The District Safety Improvement Committee launched in fiscal 2018 is advancing system development to raising awareness and verify policies and measures in divisions related to safety by strengthening links with offices, divisions, and branches.

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