Safety and Health

Employees' Safety and Health

KOKUYO believes that creation of a safe, secure and pleasant working environment, health management of the employees, and safety measures in times of disaster are the foundations for employees to work vigorously and demonstrate their full abilities. We establish systems and structures while actively exchanging opinions with employees.

  1. ▼ Basic Concepts
  2. ▼ Labor Practices/Safety and Health
  3. ▼ Specific Steps We have Taken in 2018

Basic Concepts

The KOKUYO Group is promoting safe, secure, and pleasant working environments while encouraging active exchange of opinions with the field site as they are vital to smooth business operations.

KOKUYO Group Occupational Safety and Health Basic Policy

[Basic policy]

Safety First!

The KOKUYO Group promotes safety-related activities because it regards the health and safety of each employee's mind and body as the foundation of its business.

[Code of conduct]

1. Comply with all relevant laws and regulations, including those related to the Industrial Safety and Health Law, as well as internal guidelines and standards.

2. Encourage continuous and autonomous workplace improvement, and strive to prevent occupational accidents and health problems.

3. To ensure the safety and health of everyone involved in the Group's business, promote the creation of a transparent culture in which everyone participates.

KOKUYO Group Health Targets and 2018 Results

The KOKUYO Group has been promoting health activities by collaborating with the in-house Health Insurance Association and Health Management Office in setting specific health goals from 2013 in order to prevent lifestyle-related diseases.

We have carried out a walking campaign to encourage the habit of enjoyable exercise in which employees record daily the number of steps taken and their weight, and have also held healthy eating seminars in collaboration with public health centers. Moreover, as cancer prevention measures, we installed mammography systems so that examinations can be performed during regular in-house health check-ups, to promote having medical examinations for breast cancer and colorectal cancer. Furthermore, we have actively enhanced health check options. For example, we now allow employees to undergo complete medical check-ups if desired, and have created opportunities for employees to benefit from medical examinations and increase their health awareness. Such efforts have led to the recognition under the 2019 Certified Health and Productivity Management Outstanding Organization Recognition Program (White 500) by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Nippon Kenko Kaigi.

KOKUYO Group data

  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Percentage of employees with a BMI over 25 23% 23% 23% 24% 25%
Percentage of employees who smoke (from Q&A data) 26% 27% 26% 26% 26%

Labor Practices/Safety and Health

Recognition as a 2019 Certified Health and Productivity Management Outstanding Organization (White 500)

Recognition as a 2019 Certified Health and Productivity Management Outstanding Organization (White 500)

KOKUYO Co., Ltd. and Kaunet Co., Ltd. were among the organizations recognized under the 2019 Certified Health and Productivity Management Outstanding Organization Recognition Program (White 500), selected jointly by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Nippon Kenko Kaigi. The Certified Health and Productivity Management Outstanding Organization Recognition Program honors outstanding enterprises, such as large enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises, engaging in health and productivity management based on their efforts made in line with the health-related issues in local communities and health promotion activities promoted by the Nippon Kenko Kaigi.

FY2018 KOKUYO Group Construction Safety and Health Conference

FY2018 KOKUYO Group Construction Safety and Health Conference

Safety Conference at KOKUYO MVP

Everyone pointing and calling out a safety slogan (Construction Sector Kanto Region Safety Convention)

Everyone pointing and calling out a safety slogan (Construction Sector Kanto Region Safety Convention)

Safety patrol (KOKUYO K Heart)

Safety patrol (KOKUYO K Heart)

As people all over Japan were thinking about the importance of safety while marking the 91st annual National Safety Week* (the first week of July), the KOKUYO Group also thought about safety at all of its locations throughout Japan and held its Safety and Health Conference with the goal of raising awareness.

●[Construction] FY2018 KOKUYO Group Construction Safety and Health Conference

With a belief that the safety and health of its employees and partners constitute the foundation that supports company growth, the KOKUYO Construction Safety and Health Promotion Committee set the basic policy in FY2018 as: "The KOKUYO Group places top priority on the health and safety of employees working together, and shall establish a safety culture, and create a comfortable and attractive workplace environment." Employees and partners shared this basic policy and reaffirmed their commitment to keep working together toward achieving zero-accident and zero-disaster. The events at seven venues throughout Japan included an opening address by Vice Chairman Kuroda, the chair of the KOKUYO Group Central Safety Health Committee, speeches by the representatives of the various regions, an activity report by the Construction Safety and Health Promotion Committee, and formal recognition of partners.

●[Factories] Safety and Health Conferences and Safety Patrol at KOKUYO Group factories in Japan

Safety and health conferences, as well as safety patrols, were held at five plants in seven locations in Japan. At the safety and health conferences, as part of the initiatives to create transparent workplaces, a letter of appreciation was presented to employees recommended by executives at various workplaces, and an explanation was given on aspects such as occupational accident data and the policy for safety initiatives.

Each of the safety and health conferences for construction and factories included innovative content to prevent safety awareness from becoming a mere slogan. In order to pass our safety-protecting culture onto future generations, we will continue to provide opportunities on a site-by-site basis within the entire KOKUYO Group to pause every year and think about safety.

●[Delivery] KOKUYO Logitem Safety Conference

KOKUYO Logitem, a KOKUYO Group company undertaking distribution and delivery of furniture products, held the Seventh Safety Conference. A total of 230 people, including employees of KOKUYO Logitem and partner companies, participated in the conference at two venues in Osaka and Tokyo. At the conference, employees of partner companies and KOKUYO Logitem had discussions under the theme of "Considering the basis and basics of safety in an increasingly complex environment."

●[Development] Manufacturing Safety Convention and Safety Patrol

A safety convention and safety patrol were conducted at KOKUYO's head office with participation of employees of workshops, which conducts aspects such as development and quality inspection for KOKUYO products, and KOKUYO K Heart, which undertakes operations such as printing and processing. Since employees of development sites handle machinery tools and many chemical substances, we hold the safety convention and safety patrol as events to thoroughly disseminate and reaffirm prevention of occupational accidents with employees anew.

*National Safety Week aims to promote voluntary health and safety activities in the industries, to enhance public awareness concerning occupational safety and to ensure the firm implementation of safety activities advocated by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare and Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association.

Conduct of Safety Patrols at Logitem's Kansai Delivery and Distribution Center and KSL's Kinki Integrated Distribution Center (IDC)

Conduct of Safety Patrols at Logitem's Kansai Delivery and Distribution Center  and KSL's Kinki Integrated Distribution Center (IDC)

Conduct of Safety Patrols at Logitem's Kansai Delivery and Distribution Center  and KSL's Kinki Integrated Distribution Center (IDC)

On October 15, 2018, safety patrols were conducted by the KOKUYO Group Central Safety Health Committee at KOKUYO Logitem's Kansai Delivery and Distribution Center and KOKUYO Supply Logistics' (KSL) Kinki Integrated Distribution Center (IDC). This year's patrol of distribution locations is the second series of its kind, following the patrols conducted at KOKUYO Logitem's Saga Office and KSL's Kyushu IDC last year. This time, another aim of the patrols was to confirm the state of damage caused by Typhoon No. 21. The KOKUYO Group Central Safety Health Committee will continue to strive to create a work environment and develop a corporate culture where employees can work safely, with peace of mind, and vigorously.

Training Inspection of Shibayama Factory by Narita Labor Standards Association

Training Inspection of Shibayama Factory by Narita Labor Standards Association

Narita Labor Standards Association conducts its Outstanding Workplace Inspection Workshop each year. Shibayama Factory was chosen as the site for inspection, and on November 9, 2018, a total of 36 officials visited the factory, including the Chief of the Narita Labor Standards Inspection Office, the head of the Narita Labor Standards Association, and the head of the Togane Labor Standards Association. Shibayama Factory was selected due to recognition of its presentation about elimination of forklift accidents resulting in property damage at the National Industrial Safety and Health Convention held in 2017. On the day of the inspection, briefings were given about the overview of Shibayama Factory and steady initiatives in safety activities, followed by reenactment of the presentation on activities to eliminate forklift accidents resulting in property damage using various ingenuities which was the impetus for the inspection this time.

New Initiative-Kyushu Integrated Distribution Center (IDC) Achieves 2,500 Continuous Days without Any Accidents!

New Initiative-Kyushu Integrated Distribution Center (IDC) Achieves 2,500 Continuous Days without Any Accidents!

On October 1, 2018, KOKUYO Supply Logistics' Kyushu Integrated Distribution Center (IDC) achieved 2,500 continuous days without any accidents in logistics operations and no occupational accident occurring in the 10 years since October 1, 2008. A commemorative ceremony-attended not just by employees of Kyushu IDC but also by KOKUYO Logitem's Kyushu Department as well as executives and employees of partner companies tasked with operations within and outside warehouses-was held on October 24 to celebrate this achievement. This record of 2,500 days is but an epoch. Going forward, the center is determined to continue working steadily so as to extend its record of no accidents.

Organized KOKUYO Group Factory Get-together 2018

Organized KOKUYO Group Factory Get-together 2018

On November 1, 2018, a factory get-together gathering the safety managers of Group factories was organized by the KOKUYO Group Central Safety Health Committee at KOKUYO MVP located in Tottori-shi. This is the third such get-together, and from this time onward, safety managers from the Furniture Business Division and KOKUYO Logitem also participated and exchanged opinions in order to widen the circle of safety and health within the Group beyond industries.

Believing that the health and safety of its employees are the foundation of company growth, the KOKUYO Group will continue to strive to maintain the safety and health of group employees and create a work environment and culture that enable employees to work vigorously and demonstrate their full abilities.

Specific Steps We have Taken in 2018

1) Implementation of health campaign

It was the fifth year of the walking campaign that is held jointly by KOKUYO and KOKUYO Health Insurance Association for all employees. This health activity, called the "Online Walking Competition-Health Challenge Log," is based on the concept of "enjoy becoming fit and receiving rewards!" Each employee self-reports the number of steps they have taken daily, and those who achieved their goals receive seasonal fruits. We will strive to increase health awareness by continuing this activity, for which the number of participants is increasing every year.

Implementation of health campaign

Number of participants of the Online Walking Competition

  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Participants 340 persons 670 persons 853 persons 923 persons 1,177 persons

2) Infection control measures

In order to reduce the risk of severe illness, we are expanding the opportunities (places) to have flu vaccinations within the company. The Health Insurance Association also offers subsidies, making it easier for employees to get vaccinations, even at clinics outside the company if desired.

We also have hand antiseptics and masks available at each worksite, and are utilizing posters, our online company magazine, and company-wide e-mail messages to consistently carry out activities to raise awareness about disease prevention and prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

Number of people who had vaccinations

  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
No. of people receiving vaccinations 2,487 persons 2,749 persons 2,852 persons 2,630 persons 2,951 persons

3) Mental health initiatives

Since 2016, we have been conducting stress checks based on laws and regulations.

In order to establish a system where each employee can receive self-care without hesitating, we are making an environment where we can support prevention at an early stage by introducing the EAP (Employee Assistance Program) operated by an external institution to make the employees notice the burdens that they feel.

Additionally, we conduct comprehensive employee surveys related to work engagement, employee satisfaction (ES), and compliance awareness as workplace health markers.

Of the survey results, the items related to workplace culture in particular are collated with data on hours worked. The findings are then utilized to create opportunities and as tools and KPIs for workplace improvement and incorporated into worksite-originated activities.

KOKUYO's Health Activities!

The KOKUYO Group has been promoting health activities in order to prevent lifestyle-related diseases. A system was implemented to allow health check results to be viewed via the Internet so that employees can check their own results to help them in managing their own health. In addition, results are compared against the standards of the KOKUYO Group. Measures are taken for those who fall below certain standards, such as arranging consultations with industrial physicians and occupational health nurses, and improving employees' health through measures in their work.

Furthermore, KOKUYO also supports employees in building their health through dissemination of various information, such as the impact of passive smoking and its measures, and awareness required for creating workplaces where people can work with peace of mind while pregnant or raising children.