Occupational Health and Safety Management

Basic Policy

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 the aim of preventing accidents at construction sites and maintaining the health of workers, each division, such as the Environment and Resources Division, Timber and Building Materials Division, and the Housing and Construction 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

Personnel department responsible for OHS across the Sumitomo Forestry, and heads of personnel department provides OHS instructions and support for each Branch to establish OHS system. The OHS Committee where the general manager of the Personnel Department serves as chairman meets monthly has been established, and matters discussed are posted on the intranet for the purpose of information sharing and enlightenment.

Targets and Performance Concerning Occupational Injuries

In the Mid-Term Sustainability Targets as part of the Sumitomo Forestry Group 2021 Mid-Term Management Plan, Sumitomo Forestry Group sets critical targets by fiscal 2021 as “zero occupational injury and lost work time.” The Sumitomo Forestry Group aims to achieve its critical targets and defines priority sustainability measures in each division. The performance toward achieving these targets is reviewed each fiscal year.

Occupational Injuries (Non-Consolidated)*1Independent assurance

FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018
Number of serious occupational injuries (incidents)*2 1 0 3 0 2
Lost-time injury frequency rate*3 0.19 0.19 0.30 0.10 0.20
Work-related illness frequency rate 0 0 0 0 0

*1 No occupational injuries 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 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

In addition to developing occupational health and safety promotion activities in accordance with the laws and regulations in Japan and overseas where the Group is active, each Sumitomo Forestry Group company also promotes acquisition of certifications such as OHSAS* Certification.

* 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 Status of Occupational Health and Safety Certifications at Each Group Company

Company Country Type of certification Date acquired Date renewed
Sumitomo Forestry Crest Co., Ltd. Japan OHSAS18001 February 2013 February 2016
PT. Rimba Partikel Indonesia (RPI) Indonesia OHSAS18001 March 2013 March 2019
PT. Kutai Timber Indonesia (KTI) Indonesia OHSAS18001 October 2013 December 2016
Nelson Pine Industries Ltd. (NPIL) New Zealand AS/NZS4801 December 2012 September 2018
Henley Arch* Australia AS/NZS4801: 2001 May 2018 -

* Affiliated two companies of the Henley Group have also acquired the same certification.

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