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Structures for Ensuring Occupational Safety and Preventing Accidents on a Global Level

Management systems built and run on a basic policy of safety first

Global Safety Convention("Zero disaster", all participants said in chorus)
Global Safety Convention
("Zero disaster", all participants said in chorus)

In the group's "Safety and Disaster Prevention Policy," Brother has set a "Basic Policy," in which specifically indicates that "'Safety first' shall be the cornerstone of all operations. We shall try to create a comfortable working environment that allows all our associates to feel safe and work in good health. Safety culture shall be established at the same time." In accordance with this basic policy, the Central Safety, Health, and Disaster Prevention Committee of Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) continuously addresses to prevent on-the-job accidents and disease, ensuring the safety and health in the workplaces.

Work accident frequency rate (Brother Industries, Ltd.)

Work accident frequency rate (Brother Industries, Ltd.)

Work accident frequency rate represents the frequency of work accident by the number of work accident with 1 or more lost work days per 1 million total working hours and calculated by the following calculating formula.
Both the data of electrical equipment and manufacturing are the data of "work accident trend survey" by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
Work accident frequency rate = (total number of accidents / total number of man hours worked) x 1,000,000

Promoting workplace safety, health, and accident prevention activities

In order to encourage self-reliance of manufacturing facilities outside Japan, the Workplace Safety and Disaster Prevention Group (which serves as the Central Safety, Health, and Disaster Prevention Committee's secretariat) of BIL's Personnel Department has been implementing the PDCA cycle on workplace safety, health and accident prevention activities together with local staff in charge at respective manufacturing facilities.
Regarding workplace safety and health, setting up of a Safety Health Committee, workplace safety and health patrols, measures to prevent the recurrence of accidents, risk assessment activities for systematically reducing potential risks in the workplace have been conducted.
We will remain committed to proactively involving into activities to secure further safe and healthy working environment for employees.

Evacuation drill collaborated with a neighboring nursery school
Evacuation drill collaborated with a neighboring nursery school

Regarding disaster prevention, in order to minimize damage if accidents occur, activities including improvement of the disaster prevention organization, disaster prevention training (evacuation drills, primary firefighting trainings, lifesaving seminars using AED, etc.) and legal inspections of fire protection facilities have been conducted at each factory.
In 2015, memoranda concerning support and collaboration in case of a large-scale disaster have been exchanged between local communities or administrative bodies and us, in order to reinforce the ability to prevent disasters in local communities with mutual aid. We have conducted evacuation drills with local communities to build cooperative relationships with residents. We are thus committed to disaster prevention activities to meet the expectations of local communities.

Assisting Manufacturing Facilities Worldwide to Promote Workplace Safety, Health and Disaster Prevention Activities on Their Own

Promoting by focusing on new manufacturing facilities

Factory inspection tour by the chairperson of the Central Safety, Health, and Disaster Prevention Committee
Factory inspection tour by the chairperson of the Central Safety, Health, and Disaster Prevention Committee
Floor without oil spot (BMV)
Floor without oil spot (BMV)

Since FY2006, the Workplace Safety and Disaster Prevention Group of BIL's Personnel Dept. has been working with manufacturing facilities outside Japan to promote workplace safety, health, and disaster prevention activities. By the end of FY2009, the evaluation by original internal audit at major manufacturing facilities outside Japan had been raised almost up to the levels in Japan. Since FY2010, further efforts have been made to help manufacturing facilities outside Japan develop activities on their own.
In FY2013, Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. (BIPH) and Brother Industries Saigon, Ltd. (BISG) were newly added to the destination of the support. In FY2014, Brother Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd. (BMV) was also included in the scope of support, and the activities for the improvement of the level of safety, health and disaster prevention have been proactively developed.
BMV has been certified with the OHSAS 18001, the international standard for industrial health and safety, and achieved zero disaster in FY2015.
Meanwhile, since 2008, the Brother Group has been holding "Global Safety Convention" that concerned personnel of manufacturing facilities both in Japan and outside Japan attends to interact with one another. By commending the factories with less work accident, factories conducting excellent safety activities and long-standing contributors and sharing case examples of factories' activities at the convention, we aim to let all the participants work on safety, health and disaster prevention activities proactively.

Maintaining and Improving Mental and Physical Health

Maintaining and improving the health of the entire group

Employee health is a major theme in building an active organization.
BIL has set up the Health Management Center, and been committed to the health management, mental healthcare and health enhancement of the Group's employees.
The Brother Group's facilities of respective countries and regions assign physicians specialized in industrial medicine, or work with hospitals and clinics to maintain and improve the mental and physical health of employees. In FY 2015, Brother Industries Vietnam Ltd. (BIVN) and BMV, both manufacturing facilities in Vietnam, received a visit by a physician specialized in industrial medicine and a health nurse. During the visit, they provided the employees who are transferred from Japan with health interviews, health educations and hearing of living environment, and paid a visit to medical institutions in the vicinity of the plant to exchange medical information. They also had a meeting with the medical staff of BIVN and BMV to start building a cooperative system with the Health Management Center.

Medical institution near BIVN

Medical institution near BIVN

BMV's medical staff and the industrial doctor

BMV's medical staff and the industrial doctor

Dedicating efforts to prevention and early detection of mental health issues and post-illness support structures

Self-care training
Self-care training

BIL established the second 5-year plan of the Brother Mental Health Plan in FY 2011 to continue conducting mental health education to the employees. The purpose of the education includes: employees become aware of their own stress by themselves and are able to take appropriate measures (primary prevention); and those with mental health problems can be detected and supported early (secondary prevention). All employees must attend the self-care training, which is especially effective as primary prevention measures, and consider how to control their health and to cope with stress referring to the examples occurred in-house.
In accordance with the amendment of the Industrial Safety and Health Law in 2014, "stress check" was started to encourage them to become aware of their stress. We are making effort to support those started to suffer from a mental problem so that they will be able to continue working in their own way (tertiary prevention, rehabilitation) in collaboration with their workplaces.
In the future, we have to develop a corporate culture and a comfortable workplace in which employees are not likely to suffer from a mental problem as well as detect suffers early and continue supporting them. That can be called as a "proactive health management" beyond the requirements of laws and regulations. Contrary to a conventional disease control model, such measures are based on a human asset strategy model encompassing human resource development, carrier development, and the creation of a workplace where employees enjoy working. Employees, their workplaces and the Health Management Center will work together to continue and enhance measures that help every one of them stay mentally healthy and enjoy working satisfied with their jobs.

Supporting employees' health control

The Health Management Center sets every October and November as the "Brother Healthy Life Months" and has made various efforts in cooperation with the health insurance society, the labor union, and the Personnel Department's Workplace Safety and Disaster Prevention Group.
In FY2015, we held "Shoulder Care Training" using the JOY BEAT system of Xing Inc., one of the Brother Group's subsidiaries in Japan. This not only helped attendees prevent or treat shoulder stiffness, but also contributed to increasing communication in a workplace and improving their relationships with the Health Management Center's staff. The number of those participating in this training has been increasing year by year, raising employees' awareness to their health.
We are also taking measures to support prevention of metabolic syndrome and other diseases, help smoking cessation, and avoid passive smoking. We will start moving a smoking room outdoors from FY2016 in order to prevent passive smoking of all employees. Furthermore, we will enhance support measures for smoking cessation so that smoking can be banned in all areas.

Shoulder Care Training

Shoulder Care Training

Smoking area outdoors

Smoking area outdoors

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