Actual Condition of Occupational Safety and Health

Goals and Achievements of Major Initiatives

Objectives of initiatives Goals for fiscal year 2016 Achievements in fiscal year 2016 Evaluation Goals for fiscal year 2017
Ensure occupational safety and
health.
Introduce and promote chemical
substance risk assessments.
Proprietary guidelines for chemical substance risk assessments were formulated and presentations on the guidelines were held. ★★ • Implement chemical substance risk assessments.
Promote ESH-related training. • Continue to conduct hands-on safety training.
• Implement mobile hands-on safety training using new equipment.
• Promote rank-specific training.
• Hands-on safety training continued and mobile hands-on safety training using new equipment was implemented.
• Tailored training programs were implemented for new employees, newly promoted employees and employees selected for overseas transfer, among others.
★★★ • Continue to conduct hands-on safety training.
• Implement mobile hands-on safety training using new equipment.
• Promote rank-specific training.
• Introduce e-learning programs.
Promote the implementation of measures for and the sharing of ESH-related information. • Continue the activities of the Safe Corporate Climate Cultivation Working Groups.
• Share and make use of information on industrial accidents within the DIC Group
• Safe Corporate Climate Cultivation Working Groups explored the idea of bringing the development of educational materials for production supervisors in-house and shared safety-related information.
• GL conferences (for ESH officers) were established.
• The causes of industrial accidents were analyzed and information provided and shared in a timely manner.
★★ • Continue the activities of the GL conferences, Safe Corporate Climate Cultivation Working Groups and other such groups.
• Share and make use of information on industrial accidents that have occurred at DIC Group sites.
Ensure the safe management of chemical substances during transport. • Formulate measures for preventing problems during transport and deploy across the DIC Group; promote training.
• Promote safety management in the transport of chemical substances.
• In Japan, information was provided through the creation of Yellow Cards to transport personnel.
• No significant problems related to the transport of chemical substances were reported.
★★★ • Formulate measures for preventing problems during transport and deploy across the DIC Group; promote training.
• Implement corrective actions by periodically ascertaining the situation on the logistics front lines.
Encourage the safety and environmental management initiatives of Group companies in Greater China and the Asia–Pacific region. • Introduce and promote risk assessments in Greater China and the Asia–Pacific region.
• Continue ESH audits and support better self-management.
• The safety and environmental management frameworks in Greater China and the Asia–Pacific region were restructured.
• Risk assessments were introduced and promoted in Greater China and the Asia–Pacific region and the status of implementation confirmed through ESH audits. Training was provided at six Group companies in the PRC.
• ESH audits were conducted at 36 companies (41 sites).
★★★ • Create working groups/conferences.
• Continue to promote risk assessments in Greater China and the Asia–Pacific region.
• Continue to implement ESH audits and support efforts to enhance independent management.
• Expand facilities for hands-on safety training.
Manage safety and environmental data. Continue to collect safety and environmental data from Group companies in Greater China and the Asia–Pacific region and from the Sun Chemical Group. Safety data was collected monthly and environmental data annually from Group companies in Greater China and the Asia–Pacific region and from the Sun Chemical Group. ★★ Expand the collection of safety and environmental data from Group companies in Greater China and the Asia–Pacific region and from the Sun Chemical Group.
  • Evaluations are based on self-evaluations of current progress. Key: ★★★ = Excellent; ★★ = Satisfactory; ★ = Still needs work

Occupational Safety and Health

Prioritizing Safe Operations

The DIC Group recognizes that operational safety is fundamental to its operations and is also a 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 safety personnel. The Group strives to enhance safety through efforts to reinforce its safety infrastructure and create a safety-oriented corporate culture.

Basic Approach

As a responsible member of society and a company that manufactures and sells chemical substances, the DIC Group recognizes that proper consideration for ESH is fundamental to its operations and works to incorporate this awareness into all of its business activities. Guided by this philosophy, the DIC Group analyzes accidents and communicates information thus derived, based on which it undertakes risk assessment with the aim of ensuring occupational safety and health.

Principal Initiatives in Fiscal Year 2016

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).
In fiscal year 2016, DIC defined 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, work days lost per thousand employees and workdays lost per million work hours. This approach made 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

Lecture on the assessment of risks associated with chemical substances
Lecture on the assessment of risks associated with chemical substances

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. The Group also creates risk assessment guidelines when deploying new or modified equipment or changing production processes to continue risk reduction activities.
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, Labor and Welfare. Specifically, the Group has formulated proprietary guidelines, including assessment procedures, and is considering measures to assess hazards and toxicity and lower risks associated with chemicals set forth in Japan’s Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Act, including modifying and improving practices for handling such substances. To facilitate the smooth implementation of the guidelines, in fiscal year 2016 the Group held seven lectures at 12 DIC Group companies in Japan, which were attended by a total of 149 employees. Participants have been tasked with promoting a three-year plan for reducing risks associated with chemical substances by propagating assessment know-how and procedures at their respective workplaces.

3.Promoting E-Learning-Based Training for Employees

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 law and regulations. In fiscal year 2016, the Group introduced an e-learning program on a trial basis to verify its value and, having done so, in fiscal year 2017 the Group began deploying the program at successive Group companies in Japan. The Group also began offering an e-learning program in the PRC 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 once it has verified the program’s usefulness.

VOICE

We are using e-learning to enhance the know-how and skills of employees.

In fiscal year 2016, we promoted the creation of opportunities and educational materials to facilitate systematic training in key aspects of ESH, which is critical to the promotion of Responsible Care, in Japan. Specifically, we structured training around 16 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 verified the appropriateness of educational materials from the perspective of Responsible Care Department specialists, plant ESH officers and production departments. In the PRC, we developed an e-learning program for safety management training targeting ESH officers. Going forward, we will select educational materials appropriate for different trainees with the aim of enhancing the know-how and skills of employees.

Regional ESH Officer Takeshi Hosomi

Regional ESH Officer
Takeshi Hosomi

4.Training Skilled Safety Personnel to Predict Risks

The DIC Group regularly trains skilled safety personnel on how to handle chemical substances, using materials such as its Principles of Safe Conduct and Environment and Safety Guidelines for the R&D Department, as well as 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 in Greater China and the Asia–Pacific region. In the ROK and Malaysia, local employees have voluntarily translated Principles of Safe Conduct. Headquarters has already translated Principles of Safe Conduct into English and Chinese, using it throughout Greater China and the Asia–Pacific region.
KYT is a constructive way to further increase safety awareness. Domestic DIC Group companies use the technique extensively, and the Group is working to accelerate its deployment in Greater China and the Asia–Pacific region.

5.Advancing Hands-On Safety Training

Downsized equipment that simulates standing on shaking ground used in mobile hands-on safety training
Downsized equipment that simulates standing on shaking ground used in mobile hands-on safety training

KYT for new employees
KYT for new employees

Experiencing being caught in a chucking apparatus
Experiencing being caught in a chucking apparatus

Hands-on safety training is an effective alternative to classroom-based learning that uses actual equipment to simulate potential risks in the workplace, thereby heightening employees’ awareness of the importance of proper safety. In Japan, the DIC Group initiated a full-fledged hands-on safety training program in 2012 and since then has offered training that bases simulations on previous accidents, including those involving being caught in machinery, electrical discharges or fires from static electricity.
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 established their own hands-on safety training equipment and curricula to further embed safety into the DIC Group culture.
In light of frequent accidents at domestic production facilities that involved employees with fewer than three years of experience, the DIC Group included safety training and KYT in the training curricula for new employees in fiscal year 2014. In fiscal year 2015, the Group downsized six types of hands-on equipment for a mobile initiative and raised the standards of lecturers. In fiscal year 2016, the Group loaned 20 pieces of hands-on training equipment for a mobile initiative encompassing five sites.
Overseas Group companies are also deploying hands-on safety training equipment. Installations in Greater China have included those at Nantong DIC Color, a manufacturer of printing inks and organic pigments; DIC Graphics (Guangzhou) Ltd., which manufactures printing inks; and Changzhou Huari New Material Co., Ltd., a synthetic resin manufacturer, in the PRC, and at Taiwanese printing inks manufacturer DIC Graphics Chia Lung. In the Asia–Pacific region, there have been installations at DIC Compounds (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and PT DIC ASTRA Chemicals in Indonesia, a manufacturer of printing inks. As well as providing regular hands-on safety training for local employees, these sites offer 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.

Number of Hands-On Safety Training Participants (Fiscal Year 2016)

  DIC Group (Japan) DIC Group (overseas) (Greater China: 4companies; Asia–Pacific region: 2 companies) Total
FY2016 252 504 756
Cumulative total
(FY2012–2016)
7,990 2,352 10,342

Status of Occupational Accidents

The DIC Group promotes a variety of initiatives aimed at eliminating occupational accidents. In fiscal year 2016, the number of occupational accidents resulting in workdays lost across the DIC Group were down from the fiscal year 2015 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 further occurrence of such accidents.

Occupational Accidents Resulting in Workdays Lost

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.

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

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

Manager in charge of safety, 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 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

On 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’ conferenceHands-on safety training for participants in the fscal year 2014 Asia–Pacifc region safety offcers’ conference

  • 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.

smoke tester shows that air current drifts in from behind the duct cross-section

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

  • Mobile lecture in QingdaoMobile lecture in Qingdao

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 domestic DIC Group 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. This approach ensures consistent recording formats at each site and helps eliminate the risk of records going astray while resolving the issue of storage space.

Security and Disaster Prevention

Basic Approach and Organization

Conceptual Illustration of DIC’s Safety Infrastructure
Conceptual Illustration of DIC’s Safety Infrastructure

Any fire, explosion or leak of hazardous substances from a chemical 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.

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

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 petrochemicals industry and is currently used by the 21 major corporations in Japan that established the Safety Competency Enhancement Center.
To promote the greater use of safety assessment systems, 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. Because the DIC Group has processing sites in Japan, DIC participated in the former. Going forward, DIC plans to broaden the implementation of safety assessments beyond sites with reaction facilities to include processing sites. In fiscal year 2016, the Company resolved to implement Safety Competency Enhancement Center inspections at two sites in fiscal year 2017.

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, to prepare for emergencies.

  • Comprehensive fire drill at Kashima PlantComprehensive fire drill at Kashima Plant

  • Comprehensive fire drill at Kashima Plant

  • Comprehensive fire drill at Chiba PlantComprehensive fire drill at Chiba Plant

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