CSR Charter ⅤManagement Policy for Human Growth
Improving Occupational Health and Safety
Principle and Outline
Convinced that ensuring safety and maintaining/improving physical and mental health are fundamental to all its operations, the Osaka Gas Group has stipulated in the “Osaka Gas Group Code of Conduct” that efforts to promote health should be made in order to prevent industrial accidents, a key element in creating a workplace in which people can work with peace of mind.
In keeping with the Code of Conduct, we have been complying with relevant laws and ordinances as well as formulating our own “Osaka Gas Group Safety & Health Promotion Regulations” and “Osaka Gas Safety & Health Management Regulations” , and the Group as a whole and its partner companies have been working together to improve safety and health levels.
The Group has also established an “Osaka Gas Group Health & Safety Council” to examine measures and share information on preventing industrial accidents and safeguarding/improving health.
Organization of Health and Safety Management at Osaka Gas
Eliminating Injury in Workplace
Promoting safety and health management activities based on OSHMS
Osaka Gas has been systematically and meticulously undertaking activities aimed at preventing workplace accidents with establishing the “Osaka Gas Health and Safety Action Plan” based on the Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS), which was established by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare.
Based on the Plan, each organization of Osaka Gas is working on reducing the number of incidents leading to absence from work due to workplace accidents to zero.
The Plan, consisting of three priority themes—prevention of transportation-related accidents, prevention of general work accidents, and prevention of accidents through collaboration with business partners—is designed to enhance the level of workplace safety by implementing improvement measures under the PCDA cycle.
Each Osaka Gas Group company is carrying out safety- and health-enhancement measures envisaged under its own safety and health-management plan, modified based on its evaluation of the previous year's activities in line with the “Basic Plan on Health and Safety of Osaka Gas Group” covering FY2015 to FY2017. From FY2018, each company is carrying out efforts improving safety and health by PDCA cycle for the next 4 years in line with the Basic Plan approved by the Executive Board in November 2016.
Goals for FY2018
|Accident causing absence (Osaka Gas, other party)||0|
|Accident causing no absence||Osaka Gas||Negligence 0|
Industrial Accident Rate (Frequency of accidents causing absence from work*1, accident severity rate*2 , etc. )
|Frequency of accidents causing absence from work||0.26||0.09||0||0.18||0.27|
|(The national average)*3||1.59||1.58||1.66||1.61||1.63|
|Frequency of accidents causing no absence from work||0.70||0.80||0.98||1.24||0.72|
|Overall absence rate||0.96||0.88||0.98||1.42||0.99|
|Accident severity rate||0.006||0.133||0||0.004||0.001|
|(The national average)||0.10||0.10||0.09||0.07||0.10|
- *1 Absence rate
- Absence rate = (No. of accidents / total work time) X 1,000,000
- Accident severity rate = (Lost work days / total work time) X 1,000
- The report compiled by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare regarding labor accident trends
“Accident Indices” for evaluating safety activities
If an industrial accident occurs at Osaka Gas, the Company division concerned investigates and identifies the cause and takes measures to prevent a reoccurrence. The case is shared company-wide through a portal or other means, to ensure that similar accidents will not occur.
To assess safety activities at each workplace, we also use the “Accident Indices,” which uses a unique formula to calculate the degree of the accident in terms of seriousness and impact. The “Accident Indices” was created to establish a common, company-wide standard for labor accidents in all business segments, from gas processing and supply to sales.
Also, we honor organizations that meet their prescribed accident index targets to recognize their efforts as well as to raise awareness.
Osaka Gas Group road safety efforts
The Osaka Gas Group and its partners use a large fleet of vehicles in their work. We implement unique measures to ensure that all our vehicle operators master reliable driving skills and improve driving manners, so that everyone in the community can trust the Osaka Gas Group's commitment to safe driving.
The Safe Driving Training Center run by Osaka Gas offers safe driving education with a focus on practical training, and we are seeking to extend safe driving” practices throughout the Osaka Gas Group to improve safety across the Group as a whole. In FY2017, a total of 4,125 employees from 23 companies, including Osaka Gas, took part in this safe driving program.
Regular meetings for safety supervisors at Group companies are also arranged to enable them to share and disseminate information and reduce traffic accidents across the Group as a whole.
Joint safety activities with partners
Osaka Gas works closely with affiliates and partners at the sites of gas business activities.
In particular, we strive to boost the level of safety by working closely with the Health and Safety Promotion Councils of our partners to exchange safety-related information and hold a variety of training and safety activities.
At piping works, we work with partner companies in organizing exercise sessions to enhance physical performance and prevent accidents involving elderly workers falling from, or tipping over, stepladders.
Maintaining and Improving Health
Regular health checkups and health guidance
Osaka Gas holds regular health checkups as required by law and all employees expected to take them had planned checkups at Osaka Gas Group Health Development Center. Checkup results are given to the person the same day, and follow-ups with an industrial physician provide individual advice on nutrition, exercise, rest, and other lifestyle habits. This promotes early detection and prevention of illnesses.
Health checkups and health counseling are also offered to employees at Osaka Gas affiliates, and in FY2017 8,447 employees of 34 companies underwent health checkups.
Promotion of measures to prevent lifestyle-related diseases
Employees aged 40 or older undergo medical examination for designated diseases. Special health guidance and advice will be provided by Osaka Gas and its Health Insurance Union to employees who have already contracted "metabolic syndrome" or are likely to develop the disease. The program is intended to prevent employees from developing lifestyle-related diseases while alleviating the severity of symptoms if they have already suffered from such disease.
Promotion of measures to enhance mental health
The Osaka Gas Group provides mental health education to newly appointed managers and supervisors, both of whom are to be charged with monitoring and observing the mental health conditions of the employees working under them.
As for "self mental care"—mental care by workers themselves—all employees are interviewed about their mental health conditions during regular medical checkups. If excessive stress is suspected among workers in such interviews, necessary advice will be given to them. Such workers will be also recommended to see mental health doctors. These measures are part of Osaka Gas's efforts to detect mental disorders of its employees at an early stage and follow up on their problems continuously.
In addition, the Company interviews employees in their second year of work, a category of workers most susceptible to work stress, to check if their work is too stressful. The interview is meant to find employees having trouble adjusting to their work at an early time and prevent them from contracting stress-related illness. If employees with high stress level are discovered, Osaka Gas will take appropriate measures jointly with the employees supervising them.
To prevent illness deriving from excessive labor, doctors hired by Osaka Gas will conduct medical examinations on employees whose working hours have exceeded a certain level.
Helping employees manage and maintain their health
Medical staff hired by the Osaka Gas Group visit its business offices to provide health education to employees. This measure is designed to create a working environment that ensures workers' health and comfort, and encourages them to work on enhancing their health on their own.
We are providing employees with health management information via the Health Development Center website.