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.

The 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.

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Occupational Health and Safety Management System

The Quality Control and Worker Safety Management Department oversees matters related to occupational health and safety throughout the entire Sumitomo Forestry Group. This department deploys and consolidates occupational health and safety management systems while providing the necessary guidance and assistance to each Group company.

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.

Occupational Injuries (Non-Consolidated)*1About symbol for Independent assurance

FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Number of occupational injuries (incidents)*2 0 3 0 2 1
Lost-time injury frequency rate*3 0.19 0.30 0.10 0.20 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. The occupational health and safety certification rate of manufacturing businesses throughout the Sumitomo Forestry Group is 37.5% (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

Comapny Country Type of certification Date acquired Date renewed
Sumitomo Forestry Crest Co., Ltd. Japan ISO45001:2018 January 2020 -
PT. Rimba Partikel Indonesia (RPI) Indonesia OHSAS18001 March 2013 March 2019
PT. Kutai Timber Indonesia (KTI) Indonesia ISO45001:2018 January 2020 -
Nelson Pine Industries Ltd. (NPIL) New Zealand ISO45001:2018 October 2019 -
Henley Arch* Australia ISO45001:2018 April 2019 -

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

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