Occupational safety

Basic Principle

Basic Philosophy

The Bando Group’s policy on work activity is based on human dignity, which allows employees to take action with originality and ingenuity, with management ensuring their safety and health.

Action Principles

  • 1. We will comply with Occupational Health and Safety Laws and workplace-established health and safety rules, and work for the preservation of health, and the prevention of industrial accidents and occupational illness.
  • 2. The company is aware of its direct responsibility related to industrial accidents and occupational illness and has established an Occupational Health and Safety Management System. Also, we will provide, implement and use a safe and comfortable workplace, with the cooperation of our employees.
  • 3. We will actively participate in and expand voluntary health and safety activities, combining originality and innovation.
  • 4. The company will make its health and safety policy well-known to all employees, make continuous improvements to the policy and, depending on the results of systematic reviews, make changes in implementation.

Material Issue Occupational safety

Targets/Vision

  • Work-related injuries resulted in no lost time or more: None (Non-consolidated and domestic affiliates)
  • Work-related injuries resulted in 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 resulted in no lost time or more: None (Non-consolidated and domestic affiliates)
  • Work-related injuries resulted in 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 2020

Implementation of risk assessment and reduction of risks of level Ⅲ or higher

Re-establishment of operation manual

Improvement of safety sensitivity

Enhancement of health and safety patrols

Further vitalization of overseas affiliates’ activities

Improvement of road safety awareness

  • OSHMS Certification
    Ashikaga Plant, Wakayama Plant, Nankai Plant, Kakogawa Plant
  • ISO45001 Certification
    Sanwu Bando Inc. P.T. 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

  • 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.
    As a result, Nankai Plant achieved a record of 8,400,000 hours of accident-free operation in November 2020 and received the "Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare's Special Award for Outstanding Foremen in Occupational Safety" in December 2020. Overseas, we received the National Occupational Safety and Health Award from the Ministry of Labour of Thailand in October 2020.
  • Safety sensitivity improvement training