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. Today, a total of 23 business sites have received accreditation, including five business sites and three affiliates in Japan and 15 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-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 previous fiscal year. In fiscal 2016, five complaints relating to environmental impact were received. These comprised four complaints about odors and one complaint about noise. We addressed each of these complaints in an appropriate manner.

An environment and safety audit being conducted at
Amagasaki Plant

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.

Disaster prevention drill held at
Shizuoka Plant

Spill recovery drill held at
Sumitomo Bakelite Singapore

Disaster prevention training held at
Sumitomo Bakelite (Nantong)

Chemical Substance Management

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

Chemical Substance Management System

We are creating a comprehensive chemical substance management system 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 investigations (inventory in each country, 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*18 and expanding application of volume tracking management to products for Taiwan and South Korea, in addition to Japan's Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture and Industrial Safety and Health Act as well as Europe's REACH.

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

  • *18 "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

Our group has established quality management systems (QMS) based on ISO 9001 and is continuing to acquire relevant certifications (a total of 36 sites have been certified as of May 1, 2017).

To provide products and services that customers can always feel satisfaction and peace of mind in using, all relevant departments collaborate on all processes from product planning, research design & development, preparation for production, production, sales & service, to quality assurance with an awareness of the importance of ensuring the safety of products, and create and appropriately implement management frameworks within which to enhance and maintain product safety and quality.

Main Activities in Fiscal 2016

  • Quality improvement of existing products
    Promoted company-wide roll out of FTA for reinforcing the foundation to prevent complaints before they occur.
  • Reducing risks of new businesses
    Actively worked to shorten lead time of new product development, improved operational quality, and utilized various quality control technologies.
  • Quality audits of each plant and daily inspections/reviews
    Improved customer satisfaction, reduced production risks and design & development risks, and complied with product liability.
  • Improvement of quality control skills to prevent risks before they occur
    Held quality training using e-learning for all employees and implemented SB School programs.

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