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Policy of Safety and Health

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  1. We MHI shall make safety the first consideration in any job or post, and ensure that human life is safeguarded at all cost.
  2. We MHI shall contribute to social development by doing everything possible to incorporate safety into each and every one of our excellent products.
  3. We MHI shall make all efforts needed to maintain a healthy body and to create a comfortable workplace; health is the most fundamental asset.

Creating safe and healthy workplaces centered on a basic policy for employee safety and health

MHI embraces a basic policy for employee safety and health founded on the following three commitments: (1) Always hold fast to the conviction that life is precious, and carry out measures that prioritize safety and are appropriate to each position and location; (2) Devote every effort to safety in creating outstanding products that contribute to the development of society; (3) Maintain awareness that sound health is the basis upon which all else depends, and ensure that all employees have comfortable workplaces that enable them to be sound in body. Based on these principles, we operate an occupational health and safety management system throughout the company to create safe, pleasant workplaces.
We will continue to further enhance our efforts aimed at reducing occupational accidents and leave due to injury or sickness.

Industrial accident frequency rate

Graph: Industrial accident frequency rate
FY 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
MHI 0.31 0.23 0.29 0.27 0.11
Manufacturing industry 1.12 0.99 0.98 1.05 1.00
  • Industrial accident frequency rate: number of deaths or injuries sustained through industrial mishaps per million hours on the job. It is calculated as follows: number of deaths or injuries sustained on the job that require one or more days of leave / aggregate number of hours worked × 1,000,000.

Risk management and training to prevent work-related accidents and injuries

In order to reduce the risk of occupational accidents, MHI makes improvements based on the results of risk assessments implemented at each works. These assessments are related to tasks and equipment, and are mainly focused on the safety and manufacturing sectors.
We are also implementing safety education for entry-level employees and other people. This education utilizes visual learning materials and hands-on equipment that makes it possible to actually experience accident simulations. This hands-on equipment has been installed at eight works including the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works and Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works.
Furthermore, in the future MHI will continue to make systematic efforts to improve equipment and update outmoded facilities in order to create safe, comfortable workplaces.

Opening the Safety Transmission Center at Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works

In October 2010, the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works opened a new educational facility on work safety. Called the Safety Transmission Center, the facility is dedicated to the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works' resolution not to let any fatal accidents occur in its production operations. The facility consists of two zones: the Accident Case Studies Zone, where videos and displays show employees how accidents happen and what to do to prevent them, and the Human Error Study Zone, where employees can learn, in a hands-on format and using real-life examples, the principles that trigger human error and how to identify risks before accidents occur. The Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works is working to cultivate in its workforce a sensitivity to hazards and a culture of safety, using the Safety Transmission Center as a place where all employees, from mangers to operators, can learn nearly firsthand the horror of accidents and the pain they cause, and decide for themselves what they can and should do to prevent them.

Photo: Safety Transmission Center
Photo: Safety Transmission Center

Safety Transmission Center

Maintaining and improving physical and mental health

At MHI, we create healthcare divisions at each works in order to proactively support employees in maintaining their physical and mental wellbeing. We carry out the maintenance of systems, as well as the drafting and unified development of measures, as part of a project to strengthen health management throughout the entire company.
Specifically, MHI is implementing health promotion measures that include health-related guidance and the setting of company-wide targets based on the Body Mass Index (BMI; a body mass index that serves as a standard for obesity, etc.). Various mental health measures are also implemented.

Health promotion and mental health measures

Health promotion measures (implemented at each office)

  • Measures to prevent lifestyle diseases (implementing health-related guidance targeted at reducing the ratio of employees with a BMI of 25 or greater)
  • Health lectures, health consultations
  • Activities to increase health (walking rallies, athletic meets, long-distance relay races, etc.)

Mental health measures

  • Primary prevention (employee education)
    • Education, training
    • Anti-stress measures in workplaces (stress checks)
    • Interviews regarding long periods of overtime work (more than 45 hours per month)
  • Secondary prevention (early detection and treatment)
    • Encouraging the usage of consultation hotlines
    • Strengthening cooperation with medical specialists, consultants, industrial physicians, etc.
  • Tertiary prevention (screening when returning to work, the rehabilitation working program)
    • Implementing work screening and the rehabilitation working program
      • as support for returning to work
      • The system is set according to person's plan for returning to work, within the range of four to eight hours of designated working time, or for half-day work in either the morning or afternoon, for a period of up to three months
    • Detailed follow-up after returning to work as a measure to prevent reoccurrence