Occupational Health and Safety

Occupational Health and Safety Initiatives

Initiatives in Japan

Basic policy of Sumitomo Forestry Crest Co., Ltd. is to move “from zero accidents to zero danger.” Its goal is to achieve zero occupational injuries by nipping danger in the bud. To achieve this, Sumitomo Forestry Crest began operating an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) in July 2012, and acquired OHSAS 18001 certification in February 2013. Through repeating the PDCA management cycle with near-miss incident reports submitted voluntarily by employees (643 reports by 505 employees in fiscal 2018), and sharing opinions through small-circle activities at each workplace (held weekly), efforts are being made to reduce risks while engaging in production. In addition, with OHSAS18001 set to migrate to ISO45001 in March 2021, we plan to migrate systems in fiscal 2019.

There was one occupational injury in fiscal 2018. Measures to prevent recurrence have been established by reviewing procedures and equipment based on inspections and factor analysis.

Number of Occupational Injuries in the Manufacture of Wood Building Materials in Japan

FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018
0 0 1 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.

Safety Patrols and Risk Assessments

Each plant of Sumitomo Forestry Crest regularly conducts safety patrols at the workplace. Any sign of danger discovered in these patrols is immediately addressed with safety measures to prevent that risk from being realized. Furthermore, Sumitomo Forestry Crest is committed to ensuring the safety of its workplaces, responding from the following three perspectives by identifying operations and facilities at risk, such as of workers getting caught in or between machinery.

  1. Reduce the frequency with which sources of danger are approached (keep people away, use of protective equipment etc.)
  2. Reduce the likelihood of accidents (covers, auto-shut off, etc.)
  3. Reduce the severity of injuries (protective gear, lower speeds, etc.)

A safety patrol

A safety patrol

Overseas Initiatives

We are proactively moving forward with risk assessment (recognizing unsafe conditions at facilities) and danger prediction training (not having workers engage in unsafe actions, increased sensitivity to unsafe conditions) at overseas manufacturers*, particularly in Indonesia. We also implemented safety promotion procedures at other preceding group companies in our efforts to ensure workplace safety.

* Six consolidated group companies: Nelson Pine Industries (NPIL), Kutai Timber Indonesia (KTI), AST Indonesia (ASTI), Sinar Rimba Pasifik (SRP), Canyon Creek Cabinet (CCC), and Vina Eco Board (VECO).

Risk prediction training for local employees at Indonesian manufacturers

Risk prediction training for local employees at Indonesian manufacturers

Number of Occupational Injuries in the Manufacture of Wood Building Materials in Overseas

FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018
6 18 16 23 11

* Indicates the number of injuries eligible for compensation benefits for a temporary absence from work under the Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance Act of Japan.

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