Occupational health and safety is one of the most important themes in DOWA’s efforts to leverage its business toward sustainability.
Under the DOWA Group’s system for promoting safety management, the director of DOWA Holdings serves as the person responsible for environment and safety for the Group, and the Environment & Safety Department selects safety and environment personnel from each operating company who work together to conduct safety management activities. In April 2022, the Safety & Environment Personnel Council was positioned as a working group under the Sustainability Subcommittee.
In this new position, the council will continue to act as a forum for discussing the Group’s safety-related activities, sharing information about the activities of each operating company, and providing mutual support.
In addition, the director in charge of human resources at DOWA Holdings is in charge of hygiene and health management activities for the Group, and the Human Resources Department takes the lead in promoting activities in cooperation with other departments. Matters flagged as important by the Sustainability Subcommittee are reported to the Sustainability Promotion Committee, the organization positioned above the subcommittee, and then to the Board of Directors if the importance of these matters necessitates such an action. The Board of Directors monitors health and safety for the Group.
The Safety & Environment Personnel Council comprises a representative from the Environment & Safety Department and a representative from each operating and technical support company. It convenes every month to discuss the promotion of Companywide safety activities, sharing the activities of each Group company, and providing mutual support. In the event of an accident, the council confirms the facts surrounding the situation, investigates the causes, discusses emergency and permanent measures to deal with it, and then provides feedback. For matters such as agenda items or measures decided by the council, instructions are delivered by those in charge to each operating subsidiary, with a mechanism in place for prompt information sharing.
The Regional Safety Council has been set up as a place for communication, allowing members from each region to share examples of safety-related activities and ideas and consult with one another. The council is endeavoring to boost the level of safety-related activities by helping establish cooperative ties among different business fields.
The DOWA Group conducts safety audits for newly established businesses. Additionally, we perform design and construction for new businesses based on the DOWA Technical Manufacturing Standard (DTMS), a facility procurement manual containing standardized rules for each stage of the process, including construction conceptualization and both basic and detailed design. Furthermore, once a plant is completed, but prior to the commencement of operations, we use a checklist to evaluate the status of necessary systems in order to ensure any anticipated environmental and occupational health and safety risks have been dealt with and to ascertain whether there is a proper understanding of residual risks, with proper countermeasures put in place. After this process, confirmation and guidance are provided. We make sure to follow up on any issues that have been highlighted and confirm that steps are being taken to improve the situation.
The Group has resolved to rebuild its environment, health, and safety management system (EHS-MS) during the period covered by Midterm Plan 2024. The goal of this initiative is to operate, maintain, and improve an occupational health and safety management system for the Group that is rooted in risk management. Therefore, we are rebuilding our EHS-MS so that it can be applied to all of the Group’s business locations. Many of our locations are already certified according to ISO standards, and we will use these same standards to develop the Groupwide elements of our EHS-MS, and then implement the EHS-MS at these ISO-certified business locations. From there, we intend to expand the system to other locations while taking steps to fine-tune it. We will work to enhance the Group’s governance system from a risk management perspective.
The number of work-related accidents at the DOWA Group as a whole has been declining over the long term. The Environment and Safety Department conducts on-site inspections and safety audits when accidents occur as an initiative for preventing reoccurrence. After an accident, the department provides guidance on in-depth analysis of the causes and initiatives to prevent reoccurrence through on-site inspections, and they also conduct checklist-based evaluations. During the audit, they build consensus on themes that need to be addressed and offer support until corrective reports are received. They also provide third-party diagnosis and improvement support to business locations with a high frequency of work-related accidents.
The Safety and Environment Personnel Council provides support and guidance to business locations with a high frequency of work-related accidents to help improve their safety systems. The committee incorporates the objective perspectives of outside consultants as it carries out safety audits, performs diagnostics on health and safety, promotes improvements and strives to increase safety.
The DOWA Group’s measures to prevent work-related accidents include efforts to enhance risk assessment activities and safety risk assessments for existing and new businesses. For new businesses we conduct safety audits and, since FY 2019, we have performed design and construction for new businesses based on the DOWA Technical Manufacturing Standard, a series of standardized rules for each stage of the process, including construction conceptualization and both basic and detailed design. We use a checklist to evaluate the status of necessary systems to ensure any anticipated environmental and occupational health and safety risks have been dealt with and to ascertain whether there is a proper understanding of residual risks, with proper countermeasures in place. After this process, confirmation and guidance are provided.
The DOWA Group strives to improve safety awareness through training and other forms of education so that all employees understand occupational safety as a personal matter and work to improve safety of their own accord. In FY 2021, a total of 524 people attended one or more types of such training. These modules include risk assessment assessor training, occupational health and safety compliance evaluator training, seminars aimed at understanding occupational health and safety, safety manager training, and training for new employees.
The DOWA Group has formulated the DOWA Group Health Management Declaration and promotes a variety of health related measures.
[The DOWA Group Health Management Declaration]
The DOWA Group will strive to maintain and improve the health of all people employed within the Group including their families and create a workplace where employees can work actively and with healthy body and mind.
[Efforts to Maintain and Improve Health]
With DOWA Holdings’ director in charge of personnel affairs assigned as Chief Health Officer, we are undertaking initiatives for health and productivity management on a group-wide basis while simultaneously building and refining a system to promote these initiatives for departments in charge of personnel affairs, those in charge of safety, industrial physicians, and health insurance associations of respective Group companies.
In March 2023, the following DOWA Group companies were certified in the 2023 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program (large enterprise category) by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Nippon Kenko Kaigi as part of the Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program(*).
[Companies selected for the Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition]
(*)The Certified Health & Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program honors large-scale and small- and medium-scale enterprises that are conducting particularly excellent health management based on the initiatives for regional health problems and the health promotion initiatives noted by Nippon Kenko Kaigi
The DOWA Group offers health management support to employees and their families that exceeds legal requirements, such as offering gynecological examinations, family check-ups, and subsidies for preventative vaccinations. We have also established a dedicated telephone number for telephone consultations with specialized counselors (Clinical Psychologists).
We also pay special attention to the fact that there are health challenges surrounding global infectious diseases (including tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and malaria), and we proactively respond to these challenges. We alert employees about these global health challenges by educating employees stationed overseas about infection prevention. For tuberculosis in particular, we conduct regular health check-ups that include chest x-rays to detect the disease early.