Environmental Conservation

Legal Compliance and Pollution Prevention

We are striving to prevent environmental pollution by complying with statutes and regulations relating to the environment as well as industry guidelines to which we have subscribed and our own standards.

Summary of 2017

Twenty-eight environmental laws and regulations are currently applicable to the KOKUYO Group within Japan. In June every year, we evaluate the status of our compliance with these laws and regulations.

The evaluation results showed no events that violated laws. However, in some divisions, we discovered insufficient responsibility transfer due to changes in responsible personnel, or insufficient ability on the part of responsible personnel to satisfy the criteria established by compliance evaluation. Therefore, in 2018, we plan to implement educational activities to improve the abilities of employees responsible for monitoring compliance.

Proper Disposition of Chemical Substances

Panels posted for toxicity and hazardousness to be known to all (KOKUYO Shibayama Plant)

Panels posted for toxicity and hazardousness to be known to all (KOKUYO Shibayama Plant)

The KOKUYO Group endeavors to properly manage and handle chemical substances.

Based on the implementation of the revised mandatory for risk assessment of chemical substances in June 2016, we are working on further safety management and environment improvement at each work place.

For example, at KOKUYO Furniture's Shibayama Plant, the company is converting safety data sheets (SDS) for purchased paint and other items into a database in which warnings for usage and references to related laws and regulations are included to make it possible to check required information when needed.

In addition, efforts are being made to prevent accidents by posting panels indicating warning levels for toxicity, hazardousness, and flammability as divided by color (green, yellow, and red) based on the content of chemical and other substances at sites where paint and other items are used and by making warnings more visible for handlers when such substances are used.

Other offices are also practicing safety management appropriate to the situation at their sites.

Holding Chemical Substance Management Training

We hold training sessions on a regular basis to ensure the proper management of chemical substances.

For the annual plan created by the Safety Health Committee being run at each office or factory, we provide clear guidelines on safe management and operation to ensure that chemical substance management is a continuous activity.

Training sessions were held in each office (KOKUYO Headquarters)

Training sessions were held in each office
(KOKUYO Headquarters)

Active kaizen communication among employees responsible for managing chemical substances (KOKUYO Product Shiga)

Active kaizen communication among employees responsible for managing chemical substances
(KOKUYO Product Shiga)

Making the need for risk assessment well-known and ensuring appropriate activities in the annual plan (KOKUYO Shibayama Plant)

Making the need for risk assessment well-known and ensuring appropriate activities in the annual plan
(KOKUYO Shibayama Plant)

Ensuring proper management and handling (KOKUYO Headquarters)

Ensuring proper management and handling
(KOKUYO Headquarters)

Ensuring proper management and handling (KOKUYO MVP Tottori Plant)

Ensuring proper management and handling
(KOKUYO MVP Tottori Plant)

Ensuring proper management and handling (KOKUYO Mie Plant)

Ensuring proper management and handling
(KOKUYO Mie Plant)