Together with Employees
At the Hirakata Plant our employees are taking initiatives on occupational safety, disaster management, and traffic safety to keep their workplace safe and accident-free.
Occupational Safety and Health
We have gone 5,382 days without any accidents as of March 31, 2021 and always work on keeping our workplace safe to keep no accident. Each department conducts monthly workplace patrols to identify safety and health issues and takes corrective action if needed. They also share information about work-related accidents that occur within the Kyocera Group and make efforts to prevent similar accidents from occurring again. In July 2020, we had a workshop on safe forklift operation conducted by a guest instructor. Covering a review of common forklift hazards and safety requirements, pre-operation inspection, and simulated operation, the workshop was a great safety awareness refresher for participants that will ensure they put safety first when operating a forklift.
Managing Workplace Health
In April 2018, we signed up for the Hirakata Excellent Health Enterprise program* and organize events to promote health in the workplace, including seminars on quitting smoking, a healthier diet, breast and uterine cancer, as well as relieving stiff shoulders and lower back pain. Investing in employee health makes good sense from a health and productivity management point of view. It can boost worker motivation as well as productivity and revitalize the entire organization to enhance the company's performance and corporate image.
* Hirakata City initiative designed to help participating companies that invest in improving their employee health.
Hirakata City has been designated as an area for Nankai Trough earthquake disaster management. That's why we have been addressing disaster management for many years and conduct a fire and disaster drill every fall to minimize damage in case of an emergency. The fire and disaster drill covers an initial response to an earthquake, evacuation, early-stage firefighting, rescue training using a recue kit, and first aid for injuries. We have also invited instructors from the Hirakata Neyagawa Fire Department to conduct more practical instruction, such as firefighting training using an outdoor fire hydrant as well as first aid and AED training. Annual nighttime disaster drills are also conducted for employees working night shifts. The purpose of these nighttime disaster drills is to ensure that each and every one of the employees is aware of what they need to do and the role they must play in the event an emergency occurs at night or on a holiday and take action to minimize damage. In addition to that, we have installed simple stretchers on each floor above the second floor of Plants No. 2 through No. 5 and conduct drills so that we are prepared to respond to any injuries that may occur on the upper floors in the event of a disaster.
We have installed green pedestrian pathways throughout the plant. Pedestrian pathways are clearly identified to keep employees and visitors safe while they are walking on the premises. Road widening work was also carried out to create a waiting area for large cargo trucks, which significantly paved the way to better traffic safety on the plant's premises.
Driver Safety Seminar
Once a year, we invite a lecturer from a nearby police station or a non-life insurance company to hold a driver safety seminar for employees who hold a license to drive a company vehicle and employees who commute by private car, motorcycle, or bicycle. Seminar videos are made available to employees who are unable to attend the seminar, such as those who work the night shift.