Initiatives for Safety and Reliability

Safety and Security

Creating safer working environments with the aim of eliminating accidents and occupational injuries

Occupational Health and Safety Management System

In addition to providing safe and high-quality products to customers, Sumitomo Bakelite is committed to occupational health and safety as they are essential for both a safe work environment and manufacturing processes and for employees to engage vigorously in their daily work. In 2009, the Group’s plants and main domestic subsidiaries and affiliates in Japan began pursuing OHSAS18001 accreditation, followed by the Group’s overseas subsidiaries and affiliates from 2010.

In 2015 the Kobe Facility Office received accreditation, and a total of 23 business sites have now received accreditation, with 5 business sites and 3 subsidiaries/affiliates in Japan, and 15 subsidiaries/affiliates overseas.

Managiment Structure

Machinery and Equipment Risk Reduction Activities

All new machinery and equipment installed at domestic production plants and subsidiaries and affiliates from 2008 and at overseas subsidiaries and affiliates from 2009, have been designed in compliance with ISO12100. Existing equipment is also subjected to repeated risk assessments in a move to make machinery and equipment intrinsically safe.

Risk Reduction Activities relating to Chemical Substances

From 2012, systematic chemical substance risk assessment has been carried out at plants in Japan and subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide, and SDS*1-based risk assessment is being used to systematically implement risk reduction measures and prevent impairment to the health of employees.

Environmental and Safety Audits

Every year we carry out environmental and safety audits to survey and ascertain conditions at business sites in Japan and subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. For environmental protection, the audits cover preventive measures, legal compliance, energy conservation activities, waste management, and chemical substance management, and for health and safety and security, they cover related measures, legal compliance, and education and training.

During environmental and safety audits we also confirm the number of complaints that each business site received during the preceding year. In fiscal 2015 no complaints relating to environmental impact were received.

An environment and safety audit being conducted at Indopherin Jaya

Accident Prevention

Accident Prevention is the top priority of all our business sites. Our objective is to make business sites safer and more secure, and thus earn the confidence of the local community, ensure employee safety, and maintain stable supplies of products to Customers.

Each business site formulates action plans and continually implements education and training designed to maintain workplaces that are free of accidents. To ensure preparedness, we have countermeasures in place and conduct training in order to minimize damage if and when accidents do occur.

A nighttime evacuation drill performed at Sumitomo Bakelite Macau

Fair prevention training performed at SNC Industrial Laminates

A fire drill performed at SBP Indonesia

Chemical Substance Management

Making Sure Our Chemical Substance Management is Compliant Wherever We Operate Worldwide

Chemical Substance Management System

Creation of a comprehensive chemical substance management system is underway to centrally manage all chemical substances contained in products and raw materials handled by the Group's plants and research laboratories worldwide. Introducing this system allows us to speed up chemical substance-related investigation (into the safety of products and raw materials, regulatory information, etc.) and to provide accurate information. We are now rolling out the system to plants that manufacture molded articles*7 and expanding application of volume tracking management to products for Taiwan and South Korea.

We will continue to enhance our system for managing chemical substances in order to ensure even more meticulous management of chemical substances.

  • *7 "Molded articles" here refers to all molded articles that have a defined shape with dimensions that can be measured. This applies to molded products and parts of devices, electronic components, paper, packaging materials, etc.

Product Liability

The Group has established quality management systems (QMS) to put the customer first and quality first based on ISO 9001. We established a framework conducive to interdivisional collaboration in all processes from product planning, research, design & development, and preparation for production, through production, sales & service, and quality assurance and, based on this framework, we strive to maintain and improve quality of our products.

Main Activities in Fiscal 2015

  • Quality Improvement Activities of Existing Businesses
    Eliminated complaints that have not been resolved for a long time, reduced complaints, and greatly reduced the quality failure cost through Why-Why Analysis and Further Investigation, and Knowledge Creation through them.
  • Reduced Risks to New Businesses
    Shortened new-product development periods and improved work quality by proactive use of various quality control techniques.
  • Internal Quality Audits at all Sites and Daily Inspections/Reviews
    Enhancement of customer satisfaction, reduction of quality risks, manufacturing compliance concerning product liability, etc.
  • Skill Enhancement for Preventing Risks in Advance
    32 quality training programs at our SB School including E-learning quality training for all employees, FMEA, DRBFM, quality engineering, Feedback Review Analysis, Why-Why Analysis, and Further Investigation.

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