Occupational Health and Safety in the Manufacturing Business

Occupational Health and Safety Initiatives

Basic policy of Sumitomo Forestry Crest Co., Ltd. is to move “from zero work-related accident to zero work-related 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. In addition, with OHSAS18001 set to migrate to ISO 45001 in March 2021, we transitioned to the ISO 45001 certification in January 2020 after undergoing a migration evaluation. By repeating the PDCA management cycle with near miss incident reports submitted voluntarily by employees (441 reports by 515 employees in fiscal 2020) to the OHS Committee at each plant, and sharing opinions through small-circle activities at each workplace (weekly TPM activity), efforts are being made to reduce risks while promoting efficiency in production activities. There was one occupational accident in fiscal 2020.

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

FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020*
1 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.

* Data collection period: January to December 2020

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, safety education, etc.)
  2. Reduce the likelihood of accidents (covers, auto-shut off, pedestrian-vehicle separation, 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 assessments (aiming for safety assessments of equipment once a month by 100 people) and danger prediction training (aiming to train employees once a month to avoid unsafe actions and increase sensitivity to unsafe conditions) at overseas manufacturers*, particularly in Indonesia. We also implemented safety promotion procedures of group companies that have more developed initiatives 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

FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
16 23 11 10 12

* 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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