Actual Condition of Occupational Safety and Health

Goals and Achievements of Major Initiatives

Objectives of initiatives Goals for fiscal year 2017 Achievements in fiscal year 2017 Evaluation Goals for fiscal year 2018
Ensure occupational safety and health. Reduce frequency of occupational accidents resulting in workdays lost.
DIC Group in Japan: 1.8
Asia–Pacific region: 2.2
Greater China: 2.0
Americas/Europe: 8.0
(Global DIC Group: 4.57)
Reductions achieved:
DIC Group in Japan: 2.65
Asia–Pacific region: 1.98
Greater China: 1.46
Americas/Europe: 6.46
(Global DIC Group: 3.98)

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Reduce frequency of occupational accidents resulting in workdays lost.
DIC Group in Japan: 1.8
Asia–Pacific region: 2.2
Greater China: 2.0
Americas/Europe: 8.0
(Global DIC Group: 4.56)
  • Evaluations are based on self-evaluations of current progress. Key: ★★★ = Excellent; ★★ = Satisfactory; ★ = Still needs work

Occupational Safety and Health

Basic Approach

The DIC Group recognizes that operational safety is both fundamental to its businesses and the core component of Responsible Care. Accordingly, the Company undertakes occupational safety and health, security and disaster prevention measures to foster a “Safety First” philosophy Groupwide and in the mind of every employee.
Because its manufacturing operations span diverse fields, the DIC Group has numerous production processes that use hazardous and toxic materials and rotating devices, including ones that do not involve chemical reactions. Any accident involving such materials or devices has the potential to significantly impact society in general and damage the health of the Group and partner company employees and local residents.
With the aim of preventing such accidents, the DIC Group places a high priority on reducing risks in the workplace by enhancing awareness of Principles of Safe Conduct and training highly perceptive safety personnel. The Group strives to enhance safety through efforts to reinforce its safety infrastructure and create a safety-oriented corporate culture.

Framework for Promotion

The DIC Group sets individual regional occupational safety and health targets. The Responsible Care Department and regional headquarters work together to conduct Group company-specific risk assessments, analyze occupational accidents and promote remedial measures.

Principal Initiatives in Fiscal Year 2017

1.Making Regional Data Visible through Monthly Reports

Monthly report
Monthly report

The DIC Group conducts its diverse businesses in accordance with a wide range of national and regional legal systems, working environments and practices. The risk of accidents and disasters varies from one industry to another because of differences in the facilities, machinery and raw materials used. For Group companies to work as one to improve occupational safety and health, it is therefore crucial to establish appropriate benchmarks for each region (Japan, Greater China, the Asia–Pacific region, and the Americas and Europe).
DIC promotes the sharing of information on accidents, disasters and reporting procedures for each region, as well as gathered and shared statistical information related to occupational safety, including employee numbers, working hours, number of accidents leading to workdays lost, number of accidents not leading to workdays lost, number of accidents involving fires/explosions, workdays lost, workdays lost before restart of operations, occupational accident frequency rate, occupational accident severity rate, workdays lost per thousand employees and workdays lost per million work hours. This approach makes it possible to objectively compare the operational safety of individual Group companies, establish more precise targets and facilitate improvement programs.
In fiscal year 2015, DIC established a system for aggregating monthly occupational safety and health data for each company in Greater China and the Asia–Pacific region as a monthly report. Domestic Group companies already had such a setup in place. This made it easier to more swiftly identify and compare working hours, the numbers of accidents leading to workdays lost, occupational accident frequency rates and other monthly data for these regions, thereby further streamlining Groupwide management.

2.Reducing Risks

By understanding potential risks in production processes, facilities and devices, and the hazards of chemical substances, the DIC Group systematically prepares initiatives to prevent accidents and occupational injuries. In Japan, the Group has formulated guidelines for conducting risk assessments when deploying new or modified equipment or changing production processes and promotes ongoing efforts to reduce risks associated with chemical substances.
With the aim of reducing risks associated with chemical substances in Japan, since fiscal year 2015 the DIC Group has created a framework to facilitate the methodical implementation of risk assessments in line with the policy set forth by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Of particular note, in fiscal year 2016 the Group formulated proprietary assessment guidelines, including for assessment procedures, and is considering measures to evaluate hazards and toxicity and lower risks associated with chemicals set forth in Japan’s Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Act, such as modifying and improving practices for handling such substances. Individual sites have created risk assessment frameworks and developed three-year plans to govern initiatives. The progress of these risk assessments is confirmed through ESH audits.

3.Promoting E-Learning–Based Training for Employees

Portion of e-learning program

Portion of e-learning program
Portion of e-learning program

To enhance its ESH and disaster prevention capabilities, the DIC Group recognizes the importance of ensuring that all of its employees gain a broad understanding of chemical substances, production processes, and pertinent laws and regulations. In fiscal year 2016, the Group introduced an e-learning program on a trial basis, structuring training around laws and regulations pertinent to the operation of production facilities, including the Fire Service Act, the Air Pollution Control Law and the High Pressure Gas Safety Act, and verifying the appropriateness of education materials from the perspective of Responsible Care Department specialists, ESH officers and production departments, among others. In fiscal year 2017, the program was introduced formally for DIC Group companies in Japan, with 137 employees registering to take part. Participants can take up to 16 classes and must score above 80 points to earn certification.
In the PRC, the Group began an e-learning program on safety management for ESH officers in fiscal year 2016, capitalizing on a highly developed smartphone-based e-learning environment and active national and regional government endorsement, and intends to gradually introduce and expand availability. To date, 52 courses have been provided to ESH officers and facility specialists at 13 production facilities across the country. Going forward, the Group will continue to adopt tailored e-learning programs with the goal of supporting efforts to enhance employee know-how and skills.

4.Training Skilled Safety Personnel to Predict Risks

To foster skilled safety personnel, the DIC Group provides regular safety education and training on how to handle chemical substances, using materials such as Principles of Safe Conduct, Environment and Safety Guidelines for the R&D Department, safety data sheets (SDSs) and its Occupational Accident Case Studies database. In recent years, the Group has focused especially on a technique called Kiken Yochi Training (KYT) (“hazard prediction training”) and on hands-on safety training for employees of Group companies worldwide. The Group also undertakes similar initiatives at production sites. Principles of Safe Conduct has been translated into several languages, with local employees in the ROK and Malaysia translating the document for their own use after corporate headquarters produced Chinese- and English-language versions for use throughout Greater China and elsewhere in the Asia–Pacific region. KYT is a constructive way to further increase safety awareness. Domestic DIC Group companies use the techniques extensively and the Group is working to accelerate deployment across Greater China and the Asia–Pacific region.

5.Promoting Hands-On Safety Training

The DIC Group’s full-fledged hands-on safety training program began in 2012 with the introduction of a mobile initiative using equipment transported from site to site. Since fiscal year 2013, the Group has installed permanent training equipment in Japan (six sites), the PRC (three sites), Taiwan, Malaysia and Indonesia. Over the past few years, these and other initiatives have helped to almost halve the frequency rate of occupational accidents* resulting in workdays lost at DIC Group sites in Japan. The Group’s hands-on safety training simulates common workplace accidents—including those involving entanglement in rotating devices, falls from high places and incised wounds caused by cutting equipment—based on actual previous examples with the aim of reducing employees’ willingness to accept risks and fostering their ability to recognize danger. In doing so, the Group seeks to transform the mindset of employees by encouraging them to think and act on their own to protect themselves and each other from latent risks.

  • The “occupational accident frequency rate” expresses the frequency of accidents resulting in workdays lost, calculated as the number of deaths or injuries per million work hours.

Initiatives in Japan

KYT for new employees
KYT for new employees

Hands-on safety training: Simulating being caught in a chucking apparatus
Hands-on safety training: Simulating being caught in a chucking apparatus

In 2014, the Group opened the Saitama Hands-On Safety Training Center, a facility boasting equipment that allows the simulation of an array of accidents, with the goal of fostering skilled safety personnel by incorporating training in new employee and rank-specific training programs. DIC’s Chiba, Sakai, Hokuriku, Saitama, Kashima and other plants have also established their own hands-on safety training equipment and curricula to further embed safety into the DIC Group culture. With the aim of reducing accidents among inexperienced employees, Group companies, led by DIC and DIC Graphics, have included safety training and KYT in the training curricula for new employees. In fiscal year 2015, the Group downsized six types of hands-on equipment for the mobile initiative and raised the standards of lecturers.

Initiatives at Overseas Group Companies

Group companies overseas are also deploying hands-on safety training. In Greater China, hands-on safety training equipment has been installed at Nantong DIC Color Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of printing inks and organic pigments; DIC Graphics (Guangzhou) Ltd., a manufacturer of printing inks; and Changzhou Huari New Material Co., Ltd., which manufactures synthetic resins, in the PRC, and printing inks manufacturer DIC Graphics Chia Lung Corp., in Taiwan. In the Asia–Pacific region, equipment has been installed at DIC Compounds (Malaysia) and Indonesia’s PT DIC ASTRA Chemicals, both of which manufacture compounds, and in fiscal year 2017 at synthetic resins manufacturer Siam Chemical Industry in Thailand and printing inks manufacturer DIC India. These companies provide hands-on safety training for employees across their respective regions, as well as education for safety instructors. In fiscal year 2016, the cumulative number of participants in hands-on safety training across the global DIC Group surpassed 10,000.

Topics Hands-On Safety Training Facilities Established in Thailand and India

In August 2017, hands-on safety training equipment for simulating entanglement in rotating devices, tumbles, falls from high places and other common workplace accidents were installed at Siam Chemical Industry’s plant in Samut Prakan Province and DIC India’s plant in Noida. The global deployment of hands-on safety training equipment, including the installation of equipment, has proceeded under the direction of DIC in Tokyo. These facilities also provide training to qualify ESH officers assigned to Group companies across the Asia–Pacific region as hands-on safety instructors to oversee training to local employees, which has underpinned a steady increase in awareness of safety. The installation of equipment at Siam Chemical Industry and DIC India facilities marks the first time local Group companies and employees have spearheaded such a move.

  • Employees participating in hands-on safety training at Siam Chemical IndustryEmployees participating in hands-on safety training at (Siam Chemical Industry)

  • Employees participating in hands-on safety training at (DIC India)Employees participating in hands-on safety training at (DIC India)

  • view of a training roomview of a training room

Number of Hands-On Safety Training Participants (Fiscal Year 2017)

  DIC Group (Japan) DIC Group (overseas) (Greater China: 4 companies; Asia–Pacific region: 2 companies) Total
FY2017 452 786 1,238
Cumulative total
(FY2012–2017)
8,442 3,138 11,580

Status of Occupational Accidents

The DIC Group promotes a variety of initiatives aimed at eliminating occupational accidents. In fiscal year 2017, the number of occupational accidents resulting in workdays lost across the DIC Group was down from the fiscal year 2016 level. Looking ahead, the Group will continue working to analyze the causes of occupational accidents resulting in workdays lost that have occurred to date and to reflect its findings in concrete improvements with the goal of preventing the occurrence of such accidents in the future.

Workdays Lost Due to Occupational Accidents (FY2015–2017)

Frequency RateSeverity Rate

Safe Corporate Climate Cultivation Working Groups

Qingdao DIC Finechemicals’ employees reading out key passages
Qingdao DIC Finechemicals’ employees reading out key passages

Safe Corporate Climate Cultivation working groups comprise personnel in charge of safety at plants belonging to DIC and subsidiary DIC Graphics. These groups have been active since fiscal year 2011. Members meet regularly to discuss and exchange proposals regarding safety policies and measures.
●Fiscal year 2012:Working groups presented recommendations on safety policies and produced warning stickers to enhance awareness of workplace hazards.
●Fiscal year 2013:Working groups prepared safety posters featuring the president and CEO and started reading out key passages from Principles of Safe Conduct in workplaces with the aim of making the practices therein routine.
●Fiscal year 2014:Working groups prepared an illustrated version of Principles of Safe Conduct for reading out in workplaces.
●Fiscal year 2015:Working groups edited Principles of Safe Conduct into a tear-off calendar version for distribution at all workplaces. The calendar version was translated into English and Chinese.
●Fiscal year 2016:Working groups in the PRC began reading out key passages from Principles of Safe Conduct to further strengthen the DIC Group’s culture of safety.
●Fiscal year 2017:Working groups updated Principles of Safe Conduct and prepared safety posters featuring the president and CEO to be put up at Group companies in fiscal year 2018.

Pages from the illustrated version of Principles of Safe Conduct for workplace reading circles (available in
Japanese, English and Chinese)

Occupational Health

The DIC Group handles a broad range of chemicals, including specified chemical substances and organic solvents. To safeguard the health of employees handling these chemicals, the Group regularly conducts health checkups and environmental measurements, and modifies and improves working conditions as needed. Industrial physicians, health supervisors and other experts inspect workplaces to manage employee health.

Electronic Storage of Employee Work and Health Records

Japanese laws and regulations mandate that companies handling specified chemical substances with the potential to cause serious health problems as a result of long-term exposure must maintain appropriate working environments as well as store work and health check records for 30 years. Companies must also maintain storage space for these records to minimize the risk of paper-based documents going astray or becoming lost.
In fiscal year 2014, the DIC Group in Japan built a centralized data management system comprising an information network linking each work site, facilitating the electronic recording and storage of data for each employee and the review of information by supervisors and administrators. The system ensures consistent recording formats at each site and helps eliminate the risk of records going astray while resolving the issue of storage space.

Occupational Health and Safety for Employees of Partner Companies and Subcontractors

Safety rally (Kashima Plant)
Safety rally (Kashima Plant)

In Japan, the DIC Group signs outsourcing agreements with partner companies and subcontractors that have offices on its sites and contracts work out to construction and logistics firms. All such firms are obliged to observe the DIC Group’s Environment, Safety and Health Policy, as well as with pertinent occupational safety and health-related laws and regulations. The Group has established a DIC Safety Council at each principal domestic site, enabling site safety and health personnel and partner companies/subcontractors to cooperate in implementing safety patrols, conducting training and drills related to the handling of chemical substances, and staging safety rallies that feature lectures, presentations on best practices and other awareness-promoting initiatives during National Safety Week (July) and National Environment Month (June) and on site-specific safety days.

Process Safety Management

DIC calculates process safety accidents at DIC Group sites in Japan in accordance with International Council of Chemical Associations guidelines. In fiscal year 2017, the Group reported 12 process safety accidents. The process safety accident frequency rate, that is, the number of such accidents per million work hours, was 1.32.

TOPICS Sakai Plant Wins Certificate of Appreciation from JISHA

Sakai Plant Wins Certificate of Appreciation from JISHA

In November 2017, DIC’s Sakai Plant, located in Osaka, received a certificate of appreciation from the Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association (JISHA) at the National Industrial Safety and Health Convention in Kobe. The organization gave high marks to the plant’s efforts to achieve zero occupational accidents by conducting risk assessments to identify and eliminate or minimize risk, as well as to foster human resources, including through the provision of training for new and mid-career hires. The certificate was accepted by Takatoshi Ogawa, manager in charge of the Sakai Plant’s Safety and Environment Group, who has worked over many years to enhance the plant’s occupational safety and health initiatives.

TOPICS Yokkaichi Plant Wins FDMA Commissioner’s Award

四日市工場が「消防庁長官賞」を受賞

In June 2017, the Yokkaichi Plant, in Mie Prefecture, received a fiscal year 2017 Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) Commissioner’s Award as an excellent hazardous materials–related site. Located in the Yokkaichi Industrial Complex, the plant, which commenced operations in 1974, manufactures polystyrene for use in food containers and a variety of items for daily life. The facility has for many years implemented initiatives aimed at ensuring the safe management of hazardous materials and proper safety training. These include formulating rules based on pertinent laws, conducting facility risk assessments and implementing drills to guarantee preparedness in the event of a plant accident or major earthquake. Thanks to these and other efforts, the plant has not had an accident resulting in workdays lost since July 2004, reporting 4,649 consecutive accident-free days as of March 1, 2017. The FDMA also praised the facility as a hazardous materials–related site that has made notable contribution to ensuring the safety of people’s lives.

TOPICS Seiko PMC’s Chiba Plant Receives JCIA Safety Award Special Prize

Seiko PMC’s Chiba Plant Receives JCIA Safety Award Special Prize

DIC Group company Seiko PMC’s Chiba Plant was presented with a JCIA Safety Award Special Prize for 2017 at the annual convention of the Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA) in May 2017. JCIA recognizes companies that have conducted outstanding safety initiatives that serve as an example. The reward was in recognition of the plant’s 44 consecutive years of accident-free operation, dating back to February 1973, which have been guided by four key priorities: compliance with laws and rules, KYT and pointing and calling prior to starting work, the wearing of proper protective equipment, and the assessment of chemical substance risks.

TOPICS DIC Wins Special Jury Award in the JCIA’s 2016 Responsible Care Awards

Saitama PlantToshiyuki Tanaka
Manager in charge of safety, Saitama PlantToshiyuki Tanaka

In May 2016, DIC was presented with a Special Jury Award from the Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA) as part of the 10th JCIA Responsible Care Award program. The award was in recognition of the role played by DIC’s Safe Corporate Climate Cultivation Working Groups in reducing the incidence of occupational accidents. The JCIA acknowledges sites, divisions, groups and individuals for outstanding initiatives and contributions under this annual program with the aim of promoting and expanding Responsible Care.

TOPICS DIC DIC Employee Earns Green Cross Award from JISHA

Group leader, Safety and Environment Group, Komaki Plant Tetsuya Morita
Group leader, Safety and Environment Group, Komaki Plant Tetsuya Morita

Tetsuya Morita, group leader of the Komaki Plant’s Safety and Environment Group, was awarded the Green Cross Award from the Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association (JISHA). The award was presented at a ceremony in October 2016. The Green Cross Award is presented to individuals who have made notable contributions over long periods to the improvement of industrial safety or the promotion of occupational safety and health. Mr. Morita has been involved in occupational safety and health, security and disaster prevention for the past 16 years. In addition to promoting safety initiatives involving full employee participation, Mr. Morita has played a key role in the creation and implementation of dedicated risk assessment guidelines and promoting hands-on safety training at the Komaki Plant. Mr. Morita was nominated for this award by the JCIA.

TOPICS DIC Graphics Chia Lung Receives 2016 Taiwan National Occupational Health and Safety Award

DIC Graphics Chia Lung representative accepting award at the 2016 Taiwan National Occupational Health and Safety Awards
DIC Graphics Chia Lung representative accepting award at the 2016 Taiwan National Occupational Health and Safety Awards

Special occupational safety and health award
Special occupational safety and health award

Taiwan-based DIC Group company DIC Graphics Chia Lung received a special occupational safety and health award for traditional industries at the 2016 Taiwan National Occupational Health and Safety Awards, which were given out on November 8, 2016. This award recognizes companies that have invested in occupational safety and health through, among others, efforts to prevent fires/explosions, improve production environments and enhance working environments, as well as to create a safety-oriented corporate culture. DIC Graphics Chia Lung was the only private-sector company to earn this award in fiscal year 2016. The company looks forward to contributing further to the improvement of occupational safety and health.

Topics DIC Holds ESH Country Head Meeting (Asia–Pacific Region) and Safety, Environment and Energy Conservation Conference (Greater China)

ESH Country Head Meeting
ESH Country Head Meeting

2On October 24, 2016, DIC launched a two-day environment, safety and health (ESH) country head meeting for the Asia–Pacific region at Asia Pacific Pte Ltd—the DIC Group’s regional headquarters—in Singapore. ESH country head meetings such as this focus on environmental and safety initiatives. A total of 12 individuals—five representing DIC, including the executive officer who serves as general manager of the Production Administrative Division and officers from pertinent departments, and eight from regional DIC Group companies, namely, the chairman and general manager of DIC Asia Pacific, four ESH officers and three country heads—took part in the meeting to deliberate on the Group’s ESH action plans for fiscal year 2017. Participants actively exchanged views on targets and challenges related to new requirements for the reduction of CO2 emissions likely to be imposed owing to the adoption of the Paris Agreement at the COP21 climate summit, as well as on such matters as investments to reduce energy consumption. The meeting also provided an opportunity for participants to discuss a broad range of occupational safety and health-related issues, including safety performance, the introduction of best practice case studies and the effectiveness of safety training and education.
On November 22, 2016, DIC commenced a two-day Safety, Environment and Energy Conservation Conference at Nantong DIC Color Co., Ltd., in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The conference, which was attended by 50 individuals—five from DIC, including the executive officer who serves as general manager of the Production Administrative Division and officers from pertinent departments; 43 from DIC Group companies in Greater China and the Asia–Pacific region, including the chairman and general manager of DIC (China) Co., Ltd., and various site representatives; and two ESH officers from the Asia–Pacific region—was convened to facilitate discussion of the same topics as the Asia–Pacific region ESH country head meeting on a global basis.

Topics DIC safety offcers’ conferences in Greater China and the Asia–Pacifc region will be expanded from fscal year 2015

DIC extends support for safety-related initiatives at overseas Group companies by holding biennial safety offcers’ conferences in Greater China and the Asia–Pacifc region, which provide opportunities for DIC Group company safety offcers in both regions to discuss issues and share information. Conference participants exchange views on initiatives in such areas as safety performances, progress in deploying safety management systems, ways to enhance the effectiveness of safety training and education, and environmental protection initiatives. They also take part in hands-on safety training to gain experience that they can later apply when at their own workplaces.
A total of 24 offcers from 16 companies (including participants from Japan) attended the fscal year 2014 Asia–Pacifc region safety offcers’ conference, which was held in Malaysia. In response to robust demand, it was resolved that such conferences would be held annually from fscal year 2015 forward. With the introduction of specifc numerical targets for safety-related initiatives based on risk assessments in fscal year 2015, these conferences will also be expanded to include reporting on the progress of priority items and action plans, the use of self-assessment check sheets, poster sessions introducing good practices and theme-specifc group discussions, which the Company expects to facilitate more lively debates and a more in-depth exploration of key issues.
The DIC Group will continue to foster human resources with a keen awareness of safety, as well as to create a Groupwide culture of safety, through regional safety officers’ conferences, the fundamental goal of which is to enhance the capabilities of Group companies and establish a mechanism for promoting autonomous, localized Responsible Care initiatives.

  • Plenary session of the fiscal year 2014 Asia–Pacific region safety offcers’ conference (Malaysia)Plenary session of the fiscal year 2014 Asia–Pacific region safety offcers’ conference (Malaysia)

  • Hands-on safety training for participants in the fscal year 2014 Asia–Pacifc region safety offcers EconferenceHands-on safety training for participants in the fscal year 2014 Asia–Pacifc region safety offcers Econference

  • Accident analysis training at the Greater China safety officers’ conference in March 2015Accident analysis training at the Greater China safety officers’ conference in March 2015

Topics Improvement Lecture for Local Exhaust Ventilation Device

As production sites engage in numerous processes, including those using organic solvents, the Group keeps workplaces safe and healthy by installing local exhaust ventilation devices as needed to ventilate from airflow suction through combustion and emissions. There had, however, been instances of setups not functioning fully owing to the positions and shapes of exhaust ducts.
The Responsible Care Department responded by creating a compact model comprising a blower, exhaust duct and hood. From fscal year 2013, the department installed this model at 10 domestic plants as part of hands-on safety education to promote understanding of the structure, functions and features of local exhaust ventilators. It encouraged employee improvements by explaining how airfow suction (in terms of wind speed and odor) improves by 20% to 30% when a fange is attached.
In fscal year 2015, the Group explained the principle of local exhaust ventilators by using a unit at safety offcers’ conferences in Greater China and the Asia–Pacifc region. The unit is currently travelling from Qingdao to Nantong, Guangzhou and other production sites.

スモークテスターで発煙するとダクト断面より実際は後方の空間から気流が流れ込んでいる

  • Compact model with flange for demonstrationsCompact model with flange for demonstrations

  • Mobile lecture in QingdaoMobile lecture in Qingdao

Disaster Prevention

Basic Approach and Organization

Any fire, explosion or leak of hazardous substances from a chemicals plant could have a tremendous impact on local residents and the rest of the community and damage the health of employees, including those of partner companies. In addition to establishing a security management system to prevent such accidents, the DIC Group operates and maintains its facilities in line with pertinent laws and regulations. The Group regularly conducts emergency drills and has earthquake and other response measures in place.
DIC also undertakes risk assessments to ensure its ability to construct safe production facilities. In 2013, the DIC Group formulated the DIC Process Risk Management (PRM) Guidelines*, which consist of four assessment techniques and implementation timetables for each. The Group uses these tools to conduct regular risk assessments at each of its sites. To aid in effective BCP, an essential component of risk management, in fiscal year 2016 the Group identified priority risks and implemented emergency response drills.

  • *The DIC PRM Guidelines outline timetables and implementation frameworks for assessing the handling of chemical substances, production processes, production formulas, machinery and work practices with the aim of comprehensively identifying and steadily reducing risks associated with production and R&D processes.

Topics Drones Used for the Inspection of Elevated Facilities

In fiscal year 2017, DIC commenced the use of drones for the inspection of structures and elevated facilities on a trial basis at its Tatebayashi Plant, in Gunma Prefecture, which manufactures products such as plastic colorants (masterbatches). Inspections conducted for the purpose of facility maintenance include elevated facilities, roofs and rooftop pipes and usually involve erecting scaffolding for visual inspections by workers to identify areas where repairs are required. Since it is not possible to predetermine specific locations in need of repair, scaffolding must be erected over a wide area for the duration of the inspection, requiring substantial investments in terms of both time and expense.
Using aerial images captured by drones makes it possible to narrow down the locations requiring repair and assess the level of damage in advance, increasing the efficiency of inspections carried out in high places. The use of drones is governed by a wide array of laws and regulations, but there are few impediments to drone use at the Tatebayashi Plant because it is not situated in a densely populated area or an industrial complex. Accordingly, DIC is considering deployment for a broad range of applications. Observations using drones proved extremely effective in a disaster prevention drill held at the plant in April 2017. Aerial photography made it possible to monitor the status of employee evacuation procedures and the progress of fire drills simultaneously from the self-defense and disaster prevention headquarters, which was situated at a remote location.

  • Phantom 4 Pro+ dronePhantom 4 Pro+ drone

  • Aerial image captured by a drone confirming the presence of
rust on the upper section of a facilityAerial image captured by a drone confirming the presence of rust on the upper section of a facility

  • Drone photography of a disaster prevention drillDrone photography of a disaster prevention drill

Facility Safety Assessment

1.Assessment Procedures

DIC Group production facilities have an array of equipment, ranging from units where chemical reactions are conducted to machine presses and other processing equipment. When modifying processes or upgrading/replacing equipment, the Group assesses safety at every stage, from process design and construction through to operation, maintenance and final disposal, in line with risk assessment guidelines for reaction processes and facilities, to ensure higher safety levels for new processes and facilities. In fiscal year 2015, DIC revised risk assessment guidelines for machinery and equipment and prepared educational materials to prevent static electricity accidents.

2.Accident and Disaster Analysis and Timely Information

DIC collects and compiles information on internal and external accidents, disasters and problems into its Occupational Accident Case Studies and Accident Case Studies databases. After identifying the causes of accidents or problems and establishing points to be checked, the Company incorporates database information into safety education for DIC and DIC Group companies in Japan and overseas.

3.Initiatives to Enhance Safety Competency

Saitama Plant
Saitama Plant

Yokkaichi Plant
Yokkaichi Plant

A company’s safety competency can be defined as its ability to maintain safety levels at its various sites. As a means of objectively evaluating and enhancing its safety competency, in fiscal year 2013 DIC introduced an assessment system that encompasses questions about safety infrastructure (technical considerations) and the Company’s culture of safety (operation and management of organizational culture). This system was developed by the Japan Society for Safety Engineering (JSSE) as a common benchmark for engineers in the chemicals industry and is currently used by companies in Japan that are members of the Safety Competency Enhancement Center.
In fiscal year 2015 the Safety Competency Enhancement Center formulated a system for evaluating processing sites and a prioritized version of the system to streamline evaluations. In fiscal year 2016, the center reviewed and revamped criteria for assessing safety infrastructure and culture of safety, as a result of which application of the system has expanded to include non-chemicals industry companies. In fiscal year 2017, Safety Competency Enhancement Center inspections were conducted at the Yokkaichi and Saitama plants, the results of which the Company is using to implement further improvements.

TOPICS DIC employee wins JISHA Green Cross Award

Mr. Oohira holding his Green Cross Award certificate
Mr. Oohira holding his Green Cross Award certificate

Yasuaki Oohira, Senior Manager of the Responsible Care Department and in charge of environmental and safety initiatives, was recently awarded the Green Cross Award by the Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association (JISHA). The award was presented at the National Industrial Safety and Health Convention held on October 22, 2014.
JISHA’s objective is to support the occupational safety and health initiatives undertaken companies in Japan. The organization bestows the Green Cross Award annually in recognition of individuals and groups who have helped advance occupational safety and health over many years and have made noteworthy achievements.
Mr. Oohira has been involved in occupational safety and health at DIC for 27 years, during which he has developed and deployed safety initiatives entailing full employee participation, spearheaded the form ulation and revision of risk assessment guidelines and promoted hands-on safety training across the DIC Group. Mr. Oohira also participated in the establishment and promulgation of a safety assessment system for evaluating and enhancing the safety capabilities of industrial sites by the Japan Society for Safety Engineering’s Safety Competency Enhancement Center. Mr. Oohira has also been responsible for organizing safety conferences for Group companies in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Asia–Pacific region and has actively promoted efforts to raise the level of safety management at overseas Group sites, as well as to expand the implementation of Responsible Care initiatives. These and other commendable endeavors encouraged the Japan Chemical Industry Association to recommend Mr. Oohira for the Green Cross Award.

Emergency Response Drills

DIC augments daily security patrols and periodic equipment checks with regular emergency response drills, especially at production sites in Japan and overseas.

  • Comprehensive fire drill at the Sakai PlantComprehensive fire drill at the Sakai Plant

  • Comprehensive fire drill at the Tokyo PlantComprehensive fire drill at the Tokyo Plant

  • First aid drill at the Tokyo PlantFirst aid drill at the Tokyo Plant

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