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

The Group has established a Responsible Care Committee chaired by the director overseeing company-wide safety. This committee determines health and safety activity policies along with important measures for preventing disasters and accidents. Following this, the committee rolls out health and safety activities across the entire company.

Each of our business sites makes efforts closely in tune with the needs of individual workplaces within a shared company-wide framework and under an accountability structure involving the managers of business sites. At its monthly meetings, the Health and Safety Committee inspects health and safety management activities, ensures thorough compliance with relevant laws and ordinances, and considers investments in risk reduction activities, among other actions.

Managiment Structure

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.

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

In 2012, we introduced chemical substance risk assessment at plants in Japan and subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. Since then, we periodically verify our evaluation results and review our risk calculation methods, aiming to prevent adverse health affects on employees and to prevent accidents or disasters caused by explosions or fires.

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.

Firefighting drill at Sumitomo Bakelite Europe (Barcelona)

Spill response drill at Sumitomo Bakelite Macau

Late-night evacuation drill at the Amagasaki Plant

Joint firefighting drill for safety managers of each company held at SBP Indonesia’s training center

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. 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*17 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.*18 We will continue to enhance our system for managing chemical substances in order to ensure even more meticulous management of these substances.

  • *17
    “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.
  • *18
    European Union regulation to protect the health of people and environment during the handling of chemical substances.

Product Liability

The Group has established quality management systems (QMS) based on ISO 9001 and is continuing to acquire relevant certifications (a total of 38 sites have been certified as of May 1, 2018). Recognizing the provision of products and services that customers can always feel satisfaction and peace of mind in using is an important social mission for our company, 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 and management frameworks within which to enhance and maintain product safety and quality. We formulated our Quality Management Policy to ensure that every employee of the Group systematically implements quality assurance initiatives in accordance with QMS.

Quality Management Policy for FY2018

Basic Policy

In mind with Customer First and Quality First, we (all SB Group employees) shall contribute to increasing the company’s profits by creating an efficient workflow of quality formation for fundamental improvements, and at the same time we shall contribute to the society in conformity with SDGs:

***** One Sumibe / Zero Defect / Proactive *****

Action Plan: SDGs Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

1. Working toward Ensuring Quality Realizing Safety and Providing Peace of Mind (QA Department’s Role and Responsibility)
2. Quality Improvement Activities of Existing Businesses (Complaints Handling Aimed at Improving Customer Satisfaction)
3. Reducing Risks to New Products or New Businesses
4. Improvement of the Entire Total Manufacturing (Monozukuri) Process through Daily Inspection/Review and Monozukuri Audit
5. Skill Enhancement for Preventing Risks in Design & Development Process and Each Operational Process

‘Monozukuri’ Audits

‘Monozukuri’ Audit in progress at the Kanuma Plant

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