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Safety Philosophy

Responsible Care refers to a voluntary initiative by businesses that manufacture or handle chemical substances to achieve continuous improvement in health, safety, and environmental (HSE) performance across the entire life cycle of such substances—from development and manufacture, through distribution and use, and ending in final consumption or disposal—based on the principles of independent decision-making and personal responsibility. These businesses publicly commit to Responsible Care in their business policies, implement HSE-related activities, and strive to improve HSE performance.
At Zeon, we have practiced the Responsible Care philosophy as a member of the Japan Responsible Care Council (now the Japan Chemical Industry Association Responsible Care Committee) since its inception in 1995. In 1998 we formulated our own Responsible Care Policy, which lays out a list of concrete goals for implementing Responsible Care.
We formulated our Safety Philosophy in 1997 to guide our safety activities.

Safety Philosophy (established March 1997)
  1. Safety is the foundation of all business activities and the greatest priority
  2. Our basic belief regarding safety is that we can prevent all accidents
  3. Safety will be achieved by performing the 5S’s* and when everyone takes responsibility for their own actions

 Seiri (sort), seiton (straighten), seisou (scrub), seiketsu (systematize), and shitsuke (sustain)

Targets and Results

The targets and results of our safety initiatives as part of our Responsible Care activities are as follows.

Enterprise Blueprint for 2020
To meet the expectations of society
Details of current activities and results
(△: Ongoing, ■: Completed)
Future initiatives and targets
Occupational health and safety
Have strengthened initiatives for workplace health and safety and employees’ health management, fewer overtime hours, and significantly reduced number of employees with mental health issues
Rate of abnormal results in routine physical exams is at or below standard
△Conduct health management initiatives to maintain and improve employees’ mental and physical health, as stated in our top management policy
Conduct mental health education and run a committee for determining returning to work
Ensure labor hours management and prevent excessive work
Encourage leaving work on time and taking of annual paid vacation
Detect changes in health early through stress checks
Provide guidance to improve employee lifestyle habits
Promote the health and well-being of all Zeon employees, a source of our strength
Enhance mental health education
Implement company policies and create conditions for better health and well-being
Occupational health and safety
Increased trust in Zeon to protect local communities’ safety and security by conducting emergency drills and other initiatives such as concluding disaster cooperation agreements
All worksites have earned public trust by maintaining a safety record of zero incidents and accidents
△Implement the Safety Management Improvement Master Plan
△Implement age-degradation countermeasures, fail-safe measures in all projects, and learn from accidents at other companies and plants
Cross-develop lessons from cases of disaster
△Eliminate safety incidents*1: Regularly conduct plant safety evaluations and audits
△Eliminate occupational accidents
△Improve safety in logistics
△Conduct comprehensive emergency-response drills and monthly drills by our self-defense emergency response teams
■Conclude cooperation agreements with local governments (Cooperative Agreement for Disaster Prevention in Industrial Complexes)
△Participate in community disaster readiness activities

FY 2016 Results
Plant safety evaluations conducted 100%
Implement RC audits*2 conducted (once/year or more for all 4 plants)
Eliminate safety incidents: 2 safety incidents
Eliminate occupational accidents: 2 occupational accidents resulting in lost work time and 0 serious accidents without lost work time
Improve safety in logistics: 0 accidents in logistics
Develop 4 safety activities across Zeon Group (develop in the supply chain)
Enhance dialogue with local communities on safety, the environment, and quality

Plant safety evaluations conducted 100%
Implement RC audits (once/year or more for all 4 plants)
Eliminate safety incidents: 0 safety incidents
Eliminate occupational accidents: 0 occupational accidents resulting in lost work time and 0 serious accidents without lost work time
Improve safety in logistics: 0 accidents in logistics
Rate of implementing these indicators at Group companies
HR development and training at workplaces
Have proactively enhanced awareness and made further improvements in the areas of health and safety through comprehensive education
△Provide training to enhance accident prevention awareness (4 plants, 1 Group company)
(e.g., education using accident case studies, hands-on training)
△Promote the 5 S’s→3 S’s
Develop safety education across Zeon Group (develop in the supply chain)
Develop the 3 S’s across Zeon Group (develop in the supply chain)

*1 Safety incidents
Defined in company regulations as the occurrence of a fire, explosion, leak, damage, failure, runaway reaction, or similar event. Or, even without an actual occurrence, the possibility of such an event if actions had been delayed, and observation of signs before such an event.

*2 RC audits
Audits based on Zeon’s Responsible Care Policy. RC audits use specialized indicators and are headed by the Environmental and Safety Affairs Department General Manager.

CSR Report 2017

The CSR Report provides more detailed information on FY 2016 initiatives.

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