SocietyOccupational Health and Safety

1. Policy, Management System and Advancement Structure

(1) Occupational Health and Safety Policy

Philosophy and Courses of Action for Occupational Health and Safety

JSR has established a “Course of Action for the Philosophy for Occupational Health and Safety” which presents specific actions demanded of the company and each of its employees. It is based on the “Philosophy for Occupational Health and Safety” that is spelled out in the “Top Commitment” issued by JSR’s top management and which serves as the basis for creating workplaces where everyone can work “healthily,” “safely,” and “with peace of mind.”

Refer to the link below on details on Philosophy for Occupational Health and Safety as well as the courses of action for Philosophy for Occupational Health and Safety.

(2) Safety Management System and Advancement Structure

JSR has developed and operates a “Safety Management System” that establishes regulations and procedures concerning security, accident prevention and occupational health and safety, all of which are based upon the “Security Management Manual” and “Occupational Health and Safety Manual / Health and Safety Manual” created in accordance with JSR’s security management regulations.
Internal audits are conducted within JSR’s business establishments to confirm the effectiveness of this management system. Additionally, an auditing team led by the president conducts annual Headquarters Environment and Safety Audits in plants and laboratories, and the heads of these plants and laboratories conduct annual management reviews, to verify the effectiveness of each site’s health-and-safety and security-management activities according to the management system.

Advancement Structure

Activity policies and action plans related to the JSR Group’s occupational health and safety, security and accident prevention, and other matters are deliberated and formulated by the Environmental Safety and Quality Committee, which is chaired by the officer in charge of environmental and safety affairs. This Committee also oversees the results of those activities. Please refer to the following link for more information about the Environmental Safety and Quality Committee.

2. Targets and Planning

(1) Medium-Term Plan for Health & Safety and Security Management

JSR uses a two-sided approach comprised of “safety infrastructure” (equipment, organizations, and mechanisms) and “safety culture” (people and climate) as safety activities at business sites, improving “safety infrastructure” + “safety culture” = “safety competency” to support organizational safety. Towards that end, we have established and put into effect the “JSR Roadmap for Health & Safety and Security Management,” which is a medium-term plan for activities which promote the “re-cultivation of safety culture” and the development of human resources possessing strong safety awareness, and development of safe and secure workplaces with no accidents or disasters. Please refer to the following link for more information.

(2) Plant Safety Policy

We use the “Philosophy for Occupational Health and Safety”, “Course of Action for the Philosophy for Occupational Health and Safety” and “Policy for Security Management” as the basis for establishing safety policies in each JST plant that are matched to the individual characteristics of each plant in terms of its organizational makeup, workplace environments, and other traits. Please refer to the following link for more information.

(3) Activity Targets

Using the “JSR Roadmap for Health & Safety and Security Management,” we implement activities by establishing action plans comprised of annual targets, annual policies, and priority measures that take into account actual performance and activities of the previous fiscal year. In FY2020, we focused attention on “promoting risk management”, “eradicating unsafe behaviors/conditions” and “cultivating safe human resources”, with the aim of finishing the year with “zero workplace accidents (lost time accidents).” We also strengthened the support we provide to Group companies for the safety activities.

(4) Action Plans

We establish and implement annual action plans at each JSR business site, based on their individual policies and targets. Please refer to the following link for more information.

3. Promotion of Risk Assessment (Occupational Health and Safety)

Risk management serves as the foundation for process safety and workplace safety, and an important part of risk management is risk assessment (risk identification and evaluation). With regard to workplace accidents, JSR identifies risks from a multifaceted and comprehensive manner, such as regarding facilities, work, accident cases, etc., based on MHLW’s “Guidelines for Risk Assessment”. The identified risks are prioritized according to their potential damage and rate of incidence, and countermeasures for each are developed and introduced into business site planning. In cases where a new and particularly large risk is identified, countermeasures are introduced on an expedited schedule to quickly mitigate the risk and ensure safety. Then, while reexamining optimization of judgment standards and operational rules, we make approaches rapidly in cases where new, serious risks are identified, and make efforts to mitigate risks and ensure safety.

4. Compliance Confirmation and Certification

(1) Compliance Confirmation

At every business site within the JSR Group, a department is assigned to handle legal and regulatory management, and it is the responsibility of these departments to identify applicable security management and occupational health and safety-related laws, regulations and ordinances, as well as standards and guidelines established for plants, and to then develop and implement procedures for raising awareness of these laws, etc., among employees and for ensuring ongoing compliance.
Please refer to the following link for more information about compliance confirmation.

(2) Certification Renewal

Please refer to the following link for more information about certification of JSR's three plants according to the High Pressure Gas Safety Act, Fire Service Act and Labor Standards Act.

5. Education

At JSR, we use hands-on safety and practical-skills courses in technical education, as well as “miniature plant” training, to improve security management-related knowledge, skills and sensitivity. We also work to improve employees’ knowledge, skills and sensitivity by providing education on health and safety as part of new employee training, mid-career employee training, and leadership training, which is in addition to that legally required under the Industrial Safety and Health Act.
In order to ensure the success of our education and training, we review the education and training structure, organize a safety education-related skill map and develop and maintain a safety education curriculum.
Please refer to the following link for more information.

6. Communication with Local Communities and Society

JSR is a member of the Japan Chemical Industry Association, Japan Petrochemical Industry Association, Japan Society for Safety Engineering and Japan Safety Competency Center, and we engage in information exchange and information sharing, both in Japan and overseas, via the following responsible care and safety activities.

  • Hold information exchange meetings with administrative bodies
  • Hold/participate in disaster drills involving the fire department and nearby companies
  • Participate alongside nearby companies in cooperative disaster prevention organizations
  • Participate in local Disaster Prevention Councils
  • Participate in responsible care community dialogs

In addition, our business sites both in Japan and overseas pursue communication with their local communities in order to facilitate mutual improvement in disaster prevention and safety-related awareness and technology.

7. Activity Record

Safety Ceremony and Safety and Health Activity Forum

The JSR Group believes that safety is linked to the daily lives of all stakeholders and is also the bedrock of business activity for companies. With this in mind, the JSR Group has made it a goal to achieve “zero facility accidents” and “zero lost time accidents”. However, a serious workplace accident which claimed the life of an on-duty employee occurred at the JSR Yokkaichi Plant on July 23, 2014. With a pledge to aim for “zero accidents” and keep the lessons learned from this serious workplace accident alive, and with a promise to continue developing a strong safety culture into the future to protect precious lives, we erected a safety monument in front of the Yokkaichi Plant’s main building and also hold a safety ceremony as well as a forum for presenting case examples of safety activities by business sites each year at around the time of the accident.

In FY2020, we held our Safety Ceremony and Safety and Health Activity Forum online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on July 21. During the Safety Ceremony, a video message from Director Kawasaki was communicated, and at the Safety and Health Activity Forum, favorable presentation themes were selected from among safety activity cases that were nominated by JSR and each Group company both within and outside of Japan after undergoing a careful review. The presentation below was delivered in the form of slides with audio, and President Kawahashi’s comments were streamed as a video. Access to this website was made possible from the JSR Group companies, leading to many website visitors as compared to the past.

Safety Ceremony, Safety and Health Activity Forum Public Website (Partially)

  • Safety oath

    Safety oath
  • Message from Director Kawasaki

    Message from Director Kawasaki
  • Comments by President Kawahashi

    Comments by President Kawahashi

FY2020 Safety and Health Activity Forum   Presentation Themes

 Presenting GroupNameOverview
Yokkaichi Plant
Production Dept.
Improving Safety through Use of Non-Explosion Proof Mobile Electronics in Zone 2 Locations As there are many of the young generation, with many of them feeling uncertain about business promotion and education, we reviewed the use of a mobile device that can be easily accepted by the young generation towards field operations and education.
In cooperation with the Security and Accident Prevention Dept., as well as with METI, FDMA and jurisdictional fire department, the JSR Yokkaichi Plant took the initiative to reexamine danger location categories and realize use of non-explosion-proof machines in the plant.
Yokkaichi Plant
Production Dept.
Improving Ability of Mid-Level Employees to Respond to Emergencies As a generation change in the department progresses, what if something happens when the team leader is absent? This is a concern raised by younger employees.
By implementing blind training and having employees think of necessary responses on their own, we all recognized the difficulty of making judgments and taking action.
Concrete measures were deployed and uncertainties were resolved, through training results, methods for patrolling from the perspective of a team leader, and fostering assistants to team leaders. We recognized as well the importance of communication between operators.
Chiba Plant
Production Dept.
Reconstructing a Safety Culture through Climate Reform We determined that the background behind being out of BD moisture specifications was a lack of mutual understanding and knowledge within the section, and are promoting an improved climate within our section. To do so, we decided on the three Articles of communication, and have made efforts towards mutual compromise between managers/subordinates, and to exchange true opinions.
  • (1) Confirmed things that were difficult to express, through a questionnaire
  • (2) Discussions with close generations
  • (3) Praises
As a result, we restored a relationship of trust, and the distance between managers and subordinates shrank.
Kashima Plant
Production Dept.
Small Group Activities Aimed at Eradicating Unsafe Behavior and Improving a Sense of Safety As the department in charge of the broadest area at KP, the personnel structure has become centered on young people, due to changes in generations, and improvement of a sense a safety has been an issue.
In a TOY prevention campaign deployed at KP, our section has gathered TOY examples and conducted risk assessment, and discussed the results of such assessment by comparing them against assessment results by our section chief.
By conducting discussions, we are not only aligning evaluation standards—we are also sharing ideas (education on sense of safety).
5 JSR Micro Kyushu Approaches Toward Health Management We have specified a health management policy and are promoting health management activities, both with the objective of health promotion among our employees.
This is characterized by promoting health, such as by reducing overtime and promoting paid holidays, and introducing an interval system for working hours, in combination with reforming work styles.
Our activities have been evaluated, and we were awarded the “Saga Saiko Award” in FY2019 by Saga Prefecture, as a business site with excellent health management.
6 JSR Micro Korea Achieving 2000 Days of No Accidents through Strengthened Safety Activities We are promoting JMK safety activities, which is a fusion of the Korean Ministry of Laborʼs PSM system and JSRʼs safety system. Since September 5, 2014, we have achieved 2,000 days and counting of no disasters.
Thanks to JSR’s (1) preliminary safety evaluation, (2) hazard prediction training, (3) excavation of potential hazards (risk assessment) and (4) comprehensive accident prevention training, we are promoting a higher level of standards than those in the Korean PSM.
We are building an operational system for labor safety, security and accident prevention, and chemical substances management, and connecting this to results.

* The table is slidable aside.

Safety Initiatives of Comprehensive Disaster Prevention Councils

Within each plant of JSR and domestic Group companies, a Comprehensive Disaster Prevention Council (normally referred to as “Disaster Prevention Council) is set up with manufacturing partners that carry out construction and various operations in company facilities. The two sides team up to smoothly promote occupational health and safety activities.

Introduction of Disaster Prevention Councils’ Safety Activities

Council-organized safety education

Disaster Prevention Councils provide group education to safety instructors of member companies using workplace accident case studies. They also provide hands-on safety education and hazard-prediction training (KYT).

Activities timed with National Safety Week

Disaster Prevention Councils raise safety awareness during National Safety Week by holding safety conferences, presenting safety activity reports prepared by subcommittees and member companies, and presenting awards for safety slogans. They also urge employees to engage in safe behavior by organizing active communication campaigns in the workplace.

Special patrols

Disaster Prevention Councils conduct “special patrols” led by council executives during periodic repair work.

8. Handling of Emergency Situations (Workplace Accident Incidence)

At JSR and JSR Group companies, there is a decreasing trend in terms of both the number of all workplace accidents and the number of lost time accidents. However, on May 14, 2020, there was a fatal accident at the Yokkaichi Plant in which an employee from an affiliate company died while opening a storage tank a part of a legal inspection. We are taking this accident very seriously, through thoroughly enforcing compliance with safety standards in work and striving to prevent reoccurrence. To ensure that all employees of JSR, JSR Group companies and affiliate companies understand and comply with safety standards, we are reinforcing construction management such as by reliably communicating safety information and reexamining confirmation forms. We are working to promote linkage across the JSR Group as a whole and reduce work accidents.

Number of Workplace Accidents in FY2020

 Fatal accidentsSerious workplace accidentsLost-time accidentsNon-lost time accidents
Manufacturing partner employees1011
JSR Group Companies in JapanEmployees0012
Manufacturing partner employees0012
  • Number of Workplace Accidents
    Number of Workplace Accidents (JSR)
  • Number of Workplace Accidents
    (Manufacturing Partners of JSR)
    Number of Workplace Accidents (Manufacturing Partners of JSR)
Frequency rate
Frequency rate

* Source: JCIA FY2021 Industrial Safety and Health Survey (data up to 2019 was recorded)

  • Number of Workplace Accidents
    (Domestic Group Companies)
    Number of Workplace Accidents (Domestic Group Companies)
  • Number of Workplace Accidents
    (Manufacturing Partners of Domestic Group Companies)
    Number of Workplace Accidents(Manufacturing Partners of Domestic Group Companies)
  • Number of Workplace Accidents*
    (Overseas Group Companies)
    Number of Workplace Accidents (Overseas Group Companies)

* Only accident numbers are listed, as the standards for workplace accident categories differ depending on the country of the accident location.

9. Inspection and Monitoring

JSR uses an auditing team led by the President to conduct annual Headquarters Environment and Safety Audits in plants and laboratories. From FY2015 onward, stimulation of environmental and safety activities has been promoted by changing to an auditing style which incorporates sharing and discussion of the audited departments’ issues and, on top of this, by establishing opportunities for dialog between top management and employees where both sides can share their thoughts with one another.

Please refer to the following link for more information.