Safety and Security

Our Group believes in the importance of a safe and healthy working environment for employees. We have established a Safety Philosophy that stresses “Prioritizing Safety in Everything We Do,” and three Guidelines for Safe Conduct to pursue accident-free and disaster-free operations through the concerted efforts of employees and all parties involved, including subcontractors who work together with the Group. We are pursuing the goals of zero accidents and zero occupational injuries.

Occupational Health and Safety Management System

We have established a Responsible Care Committee chaired by the Executive Officer responsible for company-wide safety.

This committee determines health and safety activity policies along with important measures for preventing disasters and accidents, and based on these, rolls out health and safety activities across the entire company.

Each of our business departments makes efforts closely in tune with the needs of individual workplaces within a company-wide framework and under an accountability structure involving the managers of business departments. 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 capital investments to realize risk reduction, among other actions.

In 2009, our Group’s plants and main subsidiaries in Japan began pursuing ISO45001 accreditation, followed by our Group’s overseas subsidiaries from 2010. Today, a total of 24 business sites have received accreditation, including five business sites and three subsidiaries in Japan and 16 subsidiaries overseas.

Management Structure

Machinery and Equipment Risk Reduction Activities

All new machinery and equipment installed at domestic production plants and subsidiaries from 2008 and at overseas subsidiaries from 2009, have been designed in compliance with ISO12100. We carry out risk assessments of existing facilities when changes occur, such as when the facilities are restructured or work procedures change, and consideration is given to prioritizing the removal of hazards and engineering measures, in an effort to make machinery and equipment fundamentally safer.

Risk Reduction Activities relating to Chemical Substances

In 2012, we introduced chemical substance risk assessments at plants in Japan and subsidiaries worldwide. We verify our evaluation results when changes occur, such as information on the risks and hazards posed by chemical substances and changes to work procedures, and we consider prioritizing the removal of hazards and engineering measures. This is done in aiming to prevent adverse health effects to employees through exposure to chemical substances, and to prevent explosion or fire incidents caused by chemical substances.

Complaints from Authorities, Local Governments and Local Communities

Our business sites in Japan along with subsidiaries worldwide comply with laws and ordinances and address prevention needs in order to preserve the environment.

In fiscal 2021, we received no complaints concerning the environment.

Health and Safety Education

We carry out measures to reduce the risks posed by machinery and chemical substances in order to ensure safety on sites where these are used. At the same time, we conduct hazard prediction training as well as initiatives, such as “pointing and calling” and making proposals for reducing near-miss accidents. We have introduced “Safety Gyms” at each production plant to allow employees to learn about the fundamentals of safety. They are able to improve their safety consciousness and learn hazard prediction skills and risk identification skills.

Health and safety activities in which plant managers take the lead and act as role models form the basis for specialized safety education for managers, education on safety laws and regulations for mid-level employees, and hands-on education for new employees regarding hazards. In addition to rank-specific and specialized training, such as risk assessment training on specific hazards and toxicities at each business site, we make use of our online Safety Portal Site, accessible by all employees, to disclose information on accidents and disasters and to share information in a timely manner. In addition, education has been implemented at all business sites using posters presenting our Safety Philosophy and Safety Action Guidelines in eight languages.

Educating new recruits

Educating new recruits
Educating new recruits

Occupational Accident Figures

Trends in the Frequency Rate of Accidents at Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. and Subsidiaries Worldwide

The graph on the right shows the overall frequency rate,*1 of occupational accidents including those occurring at subsidiaries worldwide.

Although the number of occupational accidents resulting in lost workdays in Japan increased by one case, the frequency rate remained flat due to an increase in total hours worked with the addition of SB Kawasumi Laboratoris Inc. and the overseas frequency rate has improved significantly due to a 27% decrease.

  • *1 Frequency rate of Occupational Accidents = (Deaths and lost-time injuries/total working hours) x 1,000,000
  • * The period covered is from January to December of each year.
    Data from SB Kawasumi Laboratories (3 domestic plants and 2 overseas plants) is added from 2021.
  • * Total number of hours worked
    Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. only: 3,888,041 hours
    Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. and subsidiaries in Japan: 7,226,010 hours Overseas subsidiaries: 12,384,260 hours
Frequency Rate of Occupational Accidents at Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. and Subsidiaries Worldwide
  • * The independent assurance covers the frequency rates of Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. only, as well as our japanese and overseas subsidiaries.

Trends in Occupational Accidents at Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. and Subsidiaries

Number of Employees Injured as a Result of Occupational Accidents

The graph on the right shows the number of employees injured as a result of occupational accidents at our company as well as subsidiaries in Japan. In 2021, the total number of injuries increased by 40% due to an increase in occupational accidents not resulting in lost workdays. In 2021, there was only one workplace occupational accident that occurred at a subcontractor. In fiscal 2021, there were no fatalities, injuries requiring six months or longer of recovery time, or disabling injuries.

  • * Total number of hours worked at subcontractors: 732,796 hours

The Amagasaki Plant achieved 1 million accident-free hours, and the Utsunomiya Plant achieved 2 million accident-free hours. In addition, the Utsunomiya Plant received the Tochigi Labor Bureau Director’s Award of Excellence for Health and Safety.

Number of Employees Injured as a Result of Occupational Accidents (in Japan)
  • * The period covered is from January to December of each year.
    Data from SB Kawasumi Laboratories (3 domestic plants) is added from 2021.

Occupational Accidents by Type

Occupational accidents in Japan categorized by type are shown in the graph on the right. In 2021, accidents involving pinching and entanglement, as well as falls, were concentrated at particular business sites. In particular, pinching and entanglement, which directly cause serious accidents, were specified as a priority audit item in ‘Monozukuri’ Audits, and auditors were given refresher training on machine safety and guidance during audits. By again notifying all employees of our Safety Action Guidelines and utilizing our Safety Portal Site, we will continue with initiatives to enhance the safety awareness of workers regarding accident types.

In the event of an accident, risk assessment and corrective measures are conducted based on the results of investigations into the cause, and efforts are made to prevent the recurrence of similar accidents of the same type.

●	Number of Employees Injured as a Result of Occupational Accidents (in Japan)

Trends in Occupational Accidents at Overseas Subsidiaries

Number of Employees Injured as a Result of Occupational Accidents

The graph below shows the number of employees injured as a result of occupational accidents at our overseas subsidiaries. In 2021, the total number of injuries decreased by 13% from 2020 due to a 27% decrease in injuries resulting in lost work days. In 2021, there were no workplace occupational accidents that occurred at a subcontractor. In fiscal 2021, there were no fatalities or disabling injuries, but there was one injury that required more than six months of recovery time.

SNC Industrial Laminates achieved 1 million accident-free hours, and Sumitomo Bakelite (Dongguan) Co., Ltd. achieved 6 million accident-free hours.

Number of Employees Injured as a Result of Occupational Accidents (Overseas)
  • * The period covered is from January to December of each year.
    Data from SB Kawasumi Laboratories (2 domestic plants) is added from 2021.
  • * Total working hours for overseas subsidiaries and subcontractors are not calculated for 2021 because no occupational accidents occurred.

Occupational Accidents by Type

Occupational accidents overseas categorized by type are shown in the graph below. The most common occurrences in 2021 were pinching and entanglement, as well as strain and overexertion, accounting for 48% of the total. We will continue to post educational materials in multiple languages (English, Chinese) to our Safety Portal Site, make progress in spreading awareness among all employees through use of posters presenting our Safety Action Guidelines, and continue to raise safety levels to the same level as in Japan. In the event of an accident, risk assessment and corrective measures are conducted based on the results of investigations into the cause, and efforts are made to prevent the recurrence of similar accidents of the same type.

Number of Employees Injured by Type of Occupational Accidents (Overseas)

[TOPIC]Award for Zero Accidents

Sumitomo Bakelite (Dongguan) Co., Ltd. became the first company in our Group to achieve 6 million accident-free hours. In response, President Fujiwara presented a certificate of commendation at the online awards ceremony. We will continue to implement initiatives in line with our Group’s Safety Philosophy and Safety Action Guidelines to achieve 10 million hours of accident-free operations by promoting improvements through the concerted efforts of all employees.

The Utsunomiya Plant achieved 2 million accident-free hours and received the Tochigi Labor Bureau Director’s Award of Excellence for Health and Safety. Our company was selected as one of the workplaces in the region that are recognized as having particularly good standards of safety and health and as being a model for others.

All employees will continue to work together to achieve further accident-free operations.

In addition, the Amagasaki business site and SNC Industrial Laminates achieved 1 million accident-free hours.

Online award ceremony for Sumitomo Bakelite (Dongguan) Co., Ltd.

Online award ceremony for Sumitomo Bakelite (Dongguan) Co., Ltd.

Online award ceremony for SNC Industrial Laminates

Online award ceremony for SNC Industrial Laminates

Award ceremony for the Utsunomiya Plant, Tochigi Labor Bureau Director’s Commendation

Award ceremony for the Utsunomiya Plant, Tochigi Labor Bureau Director’s Commendation

Accident Prevention

Accident Prevention is the top priority of all our business sites. Our objective is to make business safer and more secure, and thus earn the confidence of the local community, ensure employee safety, and maintain stable supplies of products to customers. The Disaster Prevention Committee is convened and implements activities systematically with the aim of helping all business sites achieve accident-free and disaster-free record. It also conducts drills and puts in place accident prevention measures to minimize damage in the event that an accident does occur.

Sumitomo Bakelite Macau Co., Ltd.: Firefighting drill

Sumitomo Bakelite Macau Co., Ltd.: Firefighting drill

Akita Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.: Disaster prevention training (water discharge drill)

Akita Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.: Disaster prevention training (water discharge drill)

Sumitomo Bakelite Europe (Barcelona), S.L.U.: Disaster prevention training (aid)

Sumitomo Bakelite Europe (Barcelona), S.L.U.: Disaster prevention training (aid)

Mie Plant, Oita Business Site, SB Kawasumi: Chemical spill training

Mie Plant, Oita Business Site, SB Kawasumi: Chemical spill training

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