Occupational safety

Safety and Health Basic Policy

Basic Philosophy

The Bando Group shall conduct its business based on respect for human dignity and promotes continuous improvement in safety and health management activities, by mobilizing the originality, ingenuity and energy of all employees, to ensure our own safety and health.

Action Principles

  • 1. Bando and its employees shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations relating to occupational safety and health, as well as any rules in place at particular places of business and shall strive to prevent work-related injuries and diseases and contribute to the maintenance and improvement of health.
  • 2. Bando shall recognize that it is directly responsible for preventing work-related injuries and diseases and establish an occupational safety and health management system. Under the proper implementation and operation of this system in conjunction with its employees, Bando shall create a safe, pleasant work environment.
  • 3. Bando and its employees shall be actively and voluntarily involved in safety and health activities to protect our own safety and health by mobilizing the originality, ingenuity, and energy of all employees.
  • 4. Bando shall inform all employees of the Safety and Health Basic Policy and drive its continuous improvement activities by annually reviewing and updating, as appropriate, the Safety and Health Policy, in response to changes or new conditions in safety and health activities or depending on the results of management system audits.

Material Issue Occupational safety

Targets/Vision

  • Work-related injuries resulting in lost time/no lost time: None (global target)

Management and Promotion Method of Occupational safety

[Responsible Departments] Safety
  • Manufacturing Planning Center
  • Business facilities

Coordinating office: Company-Wide Health and Safety Committee (Secretariat: Safety and Environmental Promotion Department of Manufacturing Planning Center)

[Policy/Point of view]

Recognizing that it is our responsibility to create a safe and comfortable workplace, the Group established the “Group Code of Conduct” and “Health and Safety Policy” to set health and safety targets and is striving to create a safe and comfortable workplace with the cooperation of our employees.

[Targets/Vision]
  • Work-related injuries resulting in lost time/no lost time: None (global target)
[Measures]

The Company-Wide Health and Safety Committee and each business facility discuss matters related to health and safety regularly based on the established safety targets.

  1. 1. Promote safety measures through risk assessment Japan and overseas: All new facilities are subject to risk assessment
  2. 2. Reduce human errors through health and safety education
  3. 3. Conduct health and safety patrols
     Overseas: Conduct facility inspection based on the examples of health and safety measures and the facility safety standards
  4. 4. Handle chemical substances appropriately and manage them according to the Environmental Guidelines

Health and Safety Trends

Since FY2005, we have received Occupational Health and Safety Management System (JISHA method OSHMS) certification at each of our domestic production bases. We have developed health and safety risk assessments, accident and near miss activities, and risk forecast activities.

Rate of frequency of work-related injuries resulted in lost time 2016 0.28,1.15 / 2017 0.29,1.02 / 2018 0.56,1.20 / 2019 0.00,1.20 / 2020 0.31,1.21

Major initiatives in fiscal 2021

Risk assessments: 247
Improvement to risks of level III or higher: 70

Re-establishment of operation manual: 1,132

Hazard prediction group activities: 1,081

Monthly health and safety patrols

Distribution of educational materials on hazard prediction activities

Traffic safety training: 678 participants

  • OSHMS Certification
    Ashikaga Plant, Wakayama Plant, Nankai Plant, Kakogawa Plant
  • ISO45001 Certification
    Sanwu Bando Inc. PT. Bando Indonesia
    Bando Manufacturing (Thailand) Ltd. Bando Belt Manufacturing (Turkey), Inc.
    Bando (India) Pvt. Ltd. Bando Korea Co., Ltd. Bando Belt (Tianjin) Co., Ltd.

Aiming at enhancing safety awareness and safety sensitivity

  • Issuance of a safety emergency declaration
    In response to the occurrence of two serious accidents, we issued a “safety emergency declaration” and conducted comprehensive inspections of safeguards and improved defective areas, as well as provided safety education to further raise employees' safety awareness. Since these efforts achieved a certain result such as no work-related lost-time injuries for three months, we pledged not to repeat the same mistake again and ended the state of safety emergency with a “safety declaration.”
  • Promotion of risk assessment
    We have completed risk assessment for a cumulative total of approximately 7,000 operations, including routine works, maintenance and trouble-shooting, and are promoting safety measures for high risk operations.
    In addition to risk assessment of new facilities, we also continue to hold practical trainings for risk assessment to enhance risk assessment of existing facilities and ensure risk assessment of chemical substances.
  • Compliance with safety rules with health and safety patrols
    In addition to monthly health and safety patrols conducted at each office and group company, executive in charge of health and safety and the chairperson of the labor union tour all production bases in Japan for health and safety patrol to ensure the compliance of safety rules in time for the National Safety Week every July. We set October 7 as “Bando Safe Day,” and on that day every year, the President sends a message about safety to all employees, and all directors, including the President, conduct a health and safety patrol to check routine health and safety activities.
  • Bando Safe Day

  • Promotion of safety measures for facilities
    We are implementing measures to prevent accidents related to manual interventions that frequently occur in non-routine works and also to make necessary changes to facilities to ensure the safety of workers even in non-routine works. We compiled examples of safety measures and use them to check safety and make improvement of facilities.
  • Press vulcanization equipment with a safety fence

  • Safety sensitivity improvement training using disaster simulation equipment
    We provide a training on safety sensitivity to enhance employees’ sensitivity to risks inherent to their works through a simulation of potential accidents, such as being caught or stuck in machines, that are likely to occur at the Group’s production facilities. We expanded the scope of this training to the entire Group since fiscal 2014 and installed disaster simulation equipment in all of domestic plants and affiliates as well as in 10 major overseas production bases to promote similar training.
    In fiscal 2021, we also introduced disaster simulation education using VR.
  • Safety sensitivity improvement training