“Safety is the Cornerstone of Everything We Do”
Targeting contribution to realizing an affluent and comfortable society by responding to customer needs through supply of products that are safe and reliable.
Evaluation: Ο Accomplished, Δ Nearly accomplished, Χ Not accomplished
|Process Safety, and Disaster Prevention
|Measures to Prevent Process Accidents||Setting the detail conditions to prevent process accidents Implementation of risk assessment of unusual situations Enhancement of capability to deal with abnormal situations||
|Transfer of Operational Skills and Techniques from experienced persons to inexperienced persons
(Know-Why activities) and sustainable continuation
|Transfer of operational skills and techniques utilizing career development program (CDP) incorporating "know-why" activities Installation of new system that integrate education and training|
|Comprehensive Understanding of Risks and Steady Implementation of Measures||Implementation of risk assessment (RA) aiming at improvement the comprehensiveness
Implemention of constitutive countermeasures for serious risks
|Enhancement of Safety Awareness of Individual Persons||KY (Kiken Yochi - hazardous prediction) before starting operation Pointing & call activities
Compliance with rules to be observed
Safety education incorporating training"
|Globalization of safety activity management||Activating intercommunication with overseas affiliates Construct the database "Global Safety Info"
Globalization of occupational incidents evaluation system
|Item||FY2015||FY 2016 Target
(Inside and Outside Japan)
|Target (Inside and Outside Japan)||Actual||Evaluation|
|Japan||Outside Japan||Inside and Outside Japan|
|Process Safety, and Disaster Prevention||Number of Accidents: 0 cases||3 cases||1 cases||4 cases||Number of accidents: 0|
|Occupational Safety||Number of Lost Time Incidents: 0 cases||6 cases||17 cases||23 cases||Number of Lost Time incidents: 0|
|Frequency Rate of All Occupational Incidents: 1.5 or less||1.32||7.26||2.91||Frequency Rate of All Occupational Incidents*
Japan:0.8 or less
Outside Japan:4.0 or less
In accordance with Corporate's Safety Activity Management Regulations, the Kuraray Group develops a safety plans every fiscal year and operates them to ensure occupational safety, process safety, and disaster prevention. To be more specific, each year, at the Safety Promotion Committee attended by the President and executives in charge, we makes an overall assessment and discussion of safety activity performances of previous year and decides activity policy for the coming fiscal year, and we disseminate decided activity policy to all Group companies. In line with this policy, the Group companies are conducting safety activities that reflect the specific action plans of each plant and department. A group of safety representatives from the headquarters, including the executives in charge, visit every plant twice a year to conduct Internal Safety Audits on their safety activity plans, progress management, and the results.
At the Kuraray Group, we consider it a major responsibility to prevent the occurrence of explosions, fires, leakage of hazardous materials, and other accidents that could have an immense impact on society, as well as to curtail the damage in the event of any occurrence to the minimum level. For this purpose, we have undertaken activities such as risk assessment related to process safety and disaster prevention, earthquake countermeasures for buildings and plants, and conditioning of the safety management system for facilities in all plants.
At the Kuraray Group, we are promoting safety self-activities by implementing them as planned: ① Risk assessment, ② Utilization of accident information and ③ Transfer of technical background (Know-Why activity) in accordance with the “Activity Plan for Industrial Safety” compiled by the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association.
More specifically, we are undertaking risk assessment of unusual situations such as total power blackout and emergency stop and clarifying the criteria for discriminating abnormal situations in order to activate and enhance effectiveness of risk assessment activities.
Additionally, CDP *1 activity and KMMS *2 are continuously undertaken to promote the transfer of operational skills and techniques from experienced persons to inexperienced persons incorporating the Know-Why activities.
In Fiscal 2015, unfortunately, three minor fire accidents in Japan and one leakage accident occurred outside Japan. All these accidents had no impacts on the external environment or human health and safety.
We will continue to undertake the following activities in Fiscal 2016 and thereafter to prevent accidents.
Kuraray Group handles large amounts of hazardous materials, high-pressure gases and other dangerous materials. For this reason, at the plants of Kuraray Group, we maintain fire protection and firefighting equipment and periodically undertake drills including anti-disaster drills, alert drills, tsunami evacuation drills, and other drills in cooperation with local public fire department anticipating a variety of situations. In Fiscal 2015, a drill was implemented by the Emergency Command Center headed by the president assuming that several plants were simultaneously damaged by Nankai Trough Mega Earthquake. As a first challenge, damage situations were reported to this center on real-time basis by connecting the head office and five locations via video teleconferencing system.