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

The Sumitomo Forestry Group Quality Control and Worker Safety Management Department established on April 1, 2020 as an office directly under the president strives to consistently improve product and service quality and eradicate occupational accidents. This department also rolls out and strengthens quality as well as occupational health and safety management systems by providing guidance and advice to the entire Group. At the same time, the Sustainability Committee deliberates and receives reports on important Group-wide occupational health and safety matters.

Personnel department manages non-consolidated OHS of the Sumitomo Forestry, and heads of the personnel department provide OHS instructions and support branches in establishing OHS systems. In addition, OHS committees chaired by the general manager of each business division (General Manger of Personnel Department at the head office) and composed of members such as health and safety managers, industrial physicians, and labor union members were established in each business division, and matters discussed each month are posted on the intranet for the purpose of information sharing and enlightenment.

The Sumitomo Forestry Group also conducts occupational health and safety training unique to each business and work site because a broad range of businesses related to wood are expanding globally.

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.

In fiscal 2020, the Sustainability Committee received a report on the results from an examination of the state of worker safety management systems at 63 Group companies. In the future, we will continue to conduct this survey to further strengthen worker safety systems.

In fiscal 2021, Sumitomo Forestry will conduct a questionnaire on the safety awareness and actions of organizations and employees to grasp the trends of occupational health and safety throughout the entire Group in order to help employees engage in even higher quality work. This survey will be beneficial in grasping the challenges which need to be addressed to better occupational health and safety in the future.

Occupational Injuries (Non-Consolidated)*1

FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020*4
Number of occupational injuries (incidents)*2 3 0 2 1 0
Lost-time injury frequency rate*3 0.30 0.10 0.20 0.20 0.19
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

*4 The period for FY2020 results is from January 1 to December 31, 2020.

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 the acquisition of certifications such as the ISO 45001 occupational health and safety management system as well as the OHSAS* Certification.

The Quality Control and Worker Safety Management Department assists departments that have acquired the ISO 45001 health and safety management system through internal audits, and assists Group companies that are considering to introduce the ISO 45001 with training seminars. It also provides internal audit training to employees, including those from Group companies, in an effort to develop human resources.

The occupational health and safety certification rate of manufacturing businesses throughout the Sumitomo Forestry Group is 39.4% (based on sales).

* 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 ISO45001:2018 February 2013 January 2020
PT. Rimba Partikel Indonesia (RPI) Indonesia OHSAS18001 March 2013 March 2019
Kutai Timber Indonesia (KTI) Indonesia ISO45001:2018 January 2020 -
Nelson Pine Industries Ltd. (NPIL) New Zealand ISO45001:2018 October 2019 -
Henley Arch*1 Australia ISO45001:2018 April 2019 -
Wisdom Properties Australia AS-NZS4801:2001*2 November 2018 -

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

*2 AS-NZ is a standard operated jointly by Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand. 4081 is the occupational health and safety management standard which is part of the AS-NZ.

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