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Promoting Occupational Safety and Health

Promoting Occupational Safety and Health

  • Self-evaluation: ★★★ Achieved more than targeted / ★★ Achieved as targeted / ★ Achieved to some extent
Fiscal 2017 Objectives Fiscal 2017 Achievements Self-Evaluation*
  • Prevent physical and mental health issues and disorders caused by overwork by reducing long work hours
  • Eliminate severe accidents; reduce work accidents and company car accidents
  • Promote efforts for health management (Healthy Sharp 23)
  • Strengthened measures to reduce long work hours, significantly reduced number of employees working long hours
    Promoted comprehensive measures to avoid, detect early, treat early, and prevent reoccurrence of mental health issues and disorders, such as by doing  a stress check of all employees as a primary prevention measure
  • No severe work accidents or environmental accidents
    However, due to the increase in work accidents caused by carelessness, eradication of such accidents was added to the priority objectives for fiscal 2018 Number of company car accidents were roughly the same as the previous fiscal year
  • Strengthened health check follow-ups and health maintenance and improvement guidance
    Promoted measures to prevent health problems through health management (Healthy Sharp 23); for example, held health education meetings, non-smoking campaigns, and company-wide walking events to prevent lifestyle diseases
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Priority Objectives for Fiscal 2018
  • Eliminate severe accidents, reduce work accidents (in particular, eradicate work accidents caused by carelessness)
  • Prevent health problems caused by overwork
  • Continue promoting health management (Healthy Sharp 23)

Sharp Group Basic Policies on Safety and Health

Basic Philosophy

The Sharp Group regards protecting the safety, security, and health of employees all over the world as indispensable to its business activities, and is dedicating appropriate management resources in a spirit of Sincerity and Creativity, in order to achieve a safe and pleasant working environment.

Basic Policy

  1. Legislative Compliance
    In addition to strict compliance with legislation related to safety and health in each country and region, all Group companies must comply with in-house standards established in line with the standard Group policy, with the aim of improving levels of safety and health.
  2. Establishment of Management Organization
    The Sharp Group has established a management organization to deal with safety and health, with clearly  delineated roles, authority, and responsibilities, and is promoting activities at the structural level.
  3. Establishment and Operation of Management System
    The Sharp Group has established an occupational safety and health management system, and is engaged in continuous evaluation and improvement of its activities, with a view to eliminating potential hazards and risks to safety and health in the workplace.
  4. Implementation of Education and Training
    The Sharp Group is endeavoring to raise awareness of safety and health and to promote voluntary activities by implementing for all employees the education and training required to improve safety and health.
  5. Setting Targets and Full Employee Participation in Practical Activities
    The Sharp Group sets targets for preventing accidents and improving employees’ health, and is striving to meet these targets by means of practical activities in which all employees participate.

Organization Promoting Safety, Hygiene, and Health

At Sharp, promoting and maintaining the health of its employees and their families has been added to the framework of safety and health activities. In order to show Sharp’s commitment to maintaining and improving health, it calls the names of its organizations and activities “safety, hygiene, and health” instead of “safety and health,” and it has established an organizational system to promote safety, hygiene, and health.

Aiming for a Secure, Safe, and Healthy Workplace

In order to ensure that activities for the maintenance and improvement of safety, hygiene, and health go smoothly at each business site, Sharp holds Central Safety, Hygiene, and Health Committee meetings that bring the company and the labor union together to decide basic measures for safety, hygiene, and health from a company-wide perspective. The Committee formulates annual company-wide policies, decides on goals and priority items, and communicates these to each business site.

Moreover, a Safety, Hygiene, and Health Committee consisting of labor and management representatives at each business site and affiliated company holds a monthly meeting to report and discuss safety, hygiene, and health activities and decide on improvement measures. The contents of the meetings are relayed to the workplace safety, hygiene, and health managers to make these activities well established within each workplace.

Sharp has also established and is promoting an occupational safety and health management system in an effort to further address the potential risk of accidents in the workplace and to firmly set in motion proactive safety activities that prevent or reduce risks. In addition, the company is working to reduce work accidents by strengthening abidance with work rules so that it can prevent hazardous substance-related accidents—which could lead to severe accidents—and eradicate careless accidents.

As a result of these continuing measures, the Sharp Group’s industrial accident rate (frequency rate of industrial accidents leading to lost work time*1) in Japan in fiscal 2017 was 0.23. This rate is far below the national averages for the manufacturing industry (1.02) and all industries (1.66).*2

Annual Industrial Accident Rates (Frequency Rate of Lost-Worktime Industrial Accidents)

  • *1 Indicator that represents the incidence of industrial accidents per million work hours (one day or more of suspended operations).
  • *2 Averages for all industries and the manufacturing industry are based on a 2017 survey by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare.

Enhancing Mental Health Care and Promoting the Healthy Sharp 23 Initiative

Revisions to Japan’s Industrial Safety and Health Act made it mandatory starting in December 2015 for companies to have a system for employee stress checks. Sharp carried out extensive stress checks even at business sites with 50 employees or fewer that are legally obligated to comply with this rule to allow for the prevention, early detection, early treatment, and prevention of reoccurrence of mental disorders. In addition, Sharp’s comprehensive efforts include providing counseling with medical specialists and industrial counselors at business sites, and a system for counseling with outside specialized institutions.

The company also conducts various training and educational activities to deepen employees’ knowledge of mental health care and to have them acquire methods for dealing with mental health issues.

Measures to Prevent Employees’ Mental Disorders

Sharp’s Business Philosophy states that it will “contribute to the culture, benefits, and welfare of people throughout the world.” To this end, Sharp has launched a health management initiative called Healthy Sharp 23 under which the company is conducting a wide range of activities aimed at achieving specific health targets by the end of March 2023.

Healthy Sharp 23 Targets (by March 31, 2023)

  1. Reduce the percentage of employees who have a BMI of 25 or higher to 20% or less (Reduce the percentage of obesity to one in five people, from the present one in four people)
  2. Lower the smoking rate to 12% or less of employees
  3. Regular exercising for 35.6% or more of employees
  4. Reduce the total amount of sick leave associated with mental health issues and disorders by 25% compared to fiscal 2013
  5. Eliminate constant excessive work hours

“Mr. Get,” the mascot for the Healthy Sharp 23 initiative

Preventing Health Problems Caused by Overwork

Sharp strives to create a work atmosphere in which all employees can work in good health and thus use their talents to the fullest. The company strives to eliminate long work hours and prevent health problems caused by overwork by, for example, strictly controlling overtime work, establishing upper limits for overtime work hours, and setting a stricter standard than that mandated by law for employees working long hours to consult with and receive guidance from a physician.

Upper limits for overtime work hours

Upper limits for overtime work hours are designated in units of one month, six-month average, and one year. These upper limits apply to both general staff and managers. Every month, the number of hours of overtime per employee is calculated and those who have worked long hours are given individual guidance in efforts to eradicate long work hours.

Consultation and guidance from physician for employees working long hours

Sharp has set a stricter standard than that mandated by law for employees working excessively long hours (over 80 hours per month) to receive consultation and guidance from a physician. The goal is to prevent health problems due to overwork through measures such as limiting an employee’s number of work hours.