CSR Information

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

Basic Policy on Occupational Health and Safety

Sumitomo Forestry has established Rules for OHS Management with an aim of fostering a workplace environment in which employees can perform their jobs in a safe and healthy manner. The rules prescribe that a general OHS manager is to be stationed at each place of business regardless of how big it is, and every year, the Company checks on the status of the officer and OHS committee meetings.

With an aim of preventing accidents at construction sites and maintaining the health of workers, each division, such as the Environment and Resources Division and the Housing Division, has also established separate OHS management policies and manuals in view of the distinctive characteristics of their respective businesses.

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Occupational Health and Safety Management System

In addition to developing occupational safety and health management systems in accordance with the laws and regulations of the respective country, each Sumitomo Forestry Group company also promotes acquisition of certifications such as OHSAS*. Human Resources (HR) Department in responsible for OHS across the Group, and heads of HR provides OHS instructions and support to establish OHS system on each Company's level. The OHS Committee where general manager serves as chairman meets monthly has been established, and matters discussed are posted on the intranet for the purpose of information sharing and enlightenment.

  • * Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS): An international standard developed for the purpose of reducing occupational health and safety risks and clarifying where responsibilities lie.
Acquisition of Occupational Safety-Related Certification
Company Country Type of certification Date acquired
Sumitomo Forestry Crest Co., Ltd. Japan OHSAS18001 February 2013
PT. Rimba Partikel Indonesia (RPI) Indonesia OHSAS18001 March 2013
PT. Kutai Timber Indonesia (KTI) Indonesia OHSAS18001 October 2013
Nelson Pine Industries Ltd. (NPIL) New Zealand AS/NZS4801 December 2012
ACC WSMP Tertiary November 2009
Alpine MDF Industries Pty. Ltd. (Alpine)* Australia AS/NZS4801 August 2010
  • * Alpine is no longer a consolidated company of the Group due to the sale of all equity interest in March 2017.

Targets and Performance Concerning Occupational Injuries

In Mid-Term CSR Management Plan, Sumitomo Forestry sets the critical target by FY2020 as “zero occupational injury and lost work time.” Its progress and results are explained below.

Occupational Injuries (Non-Consolidated)*1symbol for Independent assurance
  FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
Number of occupational injuries (incidents)*2 0 6 1 0 3
Lost-time injury frequency rate*3 0 0.28 0.19 0.19 0.30
Work-related illness frequency rate 0 0 0 0 0
  • *1 No work-related accidents resulting in death occurred during the reporting years shown.
  • *2 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 of Japan is disclosed.
  • *3 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

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Initiatives in Forestry

In Japan, the Sumitomo Forestry Group manages 46,444 hectares of Company-owned forests and 1,106 hectares of forests contracted for management. Contractors conduct planting, weeding, improvement cutting, thinning and clear cutting operations. For the purpose of preventing occupational injury to these contractors, the Group conducts safety patrols and holds Workplace Safety Conferences at each forestry office once every half year. In fiscal 2016, there were three occupational injuries* involving contractors at forestry work sites in Company-owned forests. As a result, with the contractors involved, response measures to prevent recurrence were discussed and agreed. Additionally, warnings were issued to other contractors through the Workplace Safety Conferences.

  • * 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 of Japan is disclosed.
A safety patrol

A safety patrol

Number of Occupational Injuries Involving Contractors at Forestry Work Sites
in Company-Owned Forests
FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
1 0 2 1 3

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Lectures Given by External Experts

The Sumitomo Forestry Group in Japan has enhanced awareness-raising activities at its Workplace Safety Conferences, including occupational safety instructions using examples of common forestry accidents, as well as environmental education, lectures given by experts on such topics as emergency first aid, and on-site safety guidance. Furthermore, so as to prevent lack of concentration when performing dangerous work by becoming accustomed to the work, the Group conducts safety education repeatedly.

At the Workplace Safety Conferences held at various forestry offices in fiscal 2016, experts have been invited from the Forestry and Timber Manufacturing Safety & Health Association to hold lectures on accident prevention measures based on analysis of causes of recent forestry occupational injuries, and on-site work safety guidance was conducted.

On-site guidance by experts (Hyuga Forestry Office)

On-site guidance by experts (Hyuga Forestry Office)

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Initiatives in the Manufacture of Wooden Building Materials

Initiatives in Japan

Sumitomo Forestry Crest Co., Ltd.’s basic policy 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 and sharing opinions through small-circle activities at each workplace, efforts are being made to reduce risks while engaging in production.

In addition, there was also one occupational injury in fiscal 2016. 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 Wooden Building Materials
  FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
Domestic Manufacturers 4 5 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 of Japan is disclosed.

Safety Patrols and Risk Assessments

Each plant of Sumitomo Forestry Crest regularly conducts safety patrols at the workplace with the goal to move “from zero accidents to zero danger”. 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, by identifying operations and facilities at risk, such as of workers getting caught in machinery, and by focusing on reducing those risks.

A safety patrol

A safety patrol

Overseas Initiatives

The Sumitomo Forestry Group are strengthening safety measures at overseas manufacturing companies* where the number of occupational injuries increased in the previous year and has introduced measures that include the adoption of zero accident procedures (risk prediction training and risk assessment) in Indonesia where its manufacturing sites are concentrated. We also implemented safety promotion procedures at other preceding group companies. As a result, we were able to slightly reduce the number of occupational injury in FY2016 compared to the previous year.

  • * Seven consolidated companies: Nelson Pine Industries, Alpine MDF Industries, Kutai Timber Indonesia, AST Indonesia, Sinar Rimba Pasifik, Canyon Creek Cabinet, and Vina Eco Board
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
FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
Overseas Manufacturers* 19 13 6 18 16
  • * Indicates the number of injuries eligible for compensation benefits for a temporary absence from work under the Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance Act of Japan.

Initiatives for Expatriates Living Abroad

In case of injuries or illnesses including infectious diseases, the Company offers services such as introducing medical institutions and making appointments with physicians and consultants for expatriate employees and their accompanying families as well as employees on business trips.

In particular, Overseas Risk Management Manual that encompasses measures against infectious diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, stipulates the safety management system. “The guidelines for expatriates and business travelers” is also included in the manual in which the Company summarizes risks in each country where it operates, and reviewed annually. Employees to be newly posted abroad are provided with instructions based on the manual.

Overseas Assistance Card

Overseas Assistance Card

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Initiatives in the Housing Business

At the beginning of every fiscal year, Divisional Manager of the Housing Division formulates the 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 for this period 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. 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

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 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
Number of occupational injuries*1symbol for Independent assurance 10 11 11 6 12
Lost-time injury frequency rate*2symbol for Independent assurance 2.16 1.98 3.63 2.23 3.35
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 of Japan 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 safety patrols and work site surveys, the Housing Division organizes training programs with specific cases promoting health and safety, targeting the OHS managers of each branch or region, as well as the leaders (subcontractors) in each job category on construction sites.

In addition, training is provided for branches nationwide, 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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Toward the Future

The Sumitomo Forestry Group will strive to eliminate occupational injuries in wooden building materials and manufacturing facility businesses in Japan by extracting proposals for improvements from near-miss incident reports, comprehensive risk avoidance through safety patrols and risk assessment, safety knowledge through education and ongoing reaffirmation of that know-how.

We will also advance the formation of a zero accident system in our wooden building materials and manufacturing facility businesses overseas by continuing and deepening fiscal 2016 efforts once again in fiscal 2017 in addition to strengthening the safety promotion functions in our Overseas Business Division, accelerating the sharing of information about accidents and measures to prevent the recurrence, implementation of safety audits at plants, solidifying zero accident activities and establishing safety standards consistent at every company.

In our forestry business, we will eradicate the causes of occupational accidents to achieve zero occupational injuries by introducing measures such as strengthening awareness-raising activities for safety operations and promoting mechanisms that aim to reduce the burden in chainsaw operations that results in many accidents.

In our housing business, we will raise awareness about safety in our construction managers, people in charge of production, and all of our employees working on site and enhance leadership for safety awareness to permeate a safety culture. The people responsible for construction confirm important items about safety have been recognized by all responsible workers and reaffirmed to evoke caution in order to eliminate occupational injuries.

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CSR Report2017