Logistics

Transporting Products Safely

Dialog with Logistics Contractors

We are committed to conducting safety activities in partnership with our logistics contractors here at the Mitsui Chemicals Group.
The department responsible for logistics at each of our works organizes logistics meetings with the works' logistics contractors, usually once a month, in order to share information about accidents and other relevant matters, review details of hiyari-hatto (near-miss)*1 incidents, carry out onsite patrols and training, and improve communication. We also make every effort to prevent accidents as part of our logistics operations by requiring contractors to undergo responsible care audits and engage in safety dialog with onsite operators, based on the principle of Shichigen Shugi, or "the seven actuals*2 ." Energies are also directed toward preventing incidents relating to the logistics process. This includes the elimination of erroneous shipment and delivery as well as product leakage.
Third party logistics (3PL)*3 companies take the lead in managing 3PL products. The aforementioned activities are also undertaken with the departments responsible for logistics at each works playing a supporting role.

*1
Near-miss:
Any narrowly-avoided major accident or disaster
*2
The seven actuals:
Solving problems by going to the actual location (genba), inspecting the actual situation (genbutsu) and ascertaining the actual facts (genjitsu) while placing the utmost importance on actual principles (genri), actual rules (gensoku), the actual basics (genten), and actual people (ningen)
*3
Third Party Logistics (3PL):
A form of logistics operation where a third party undertakes all or a portion of the logistics function on a contract basis

Safety Measures Using SDS and Yellow Cards

As we deal with high-pressure gas and numerous hazardous or toxic chemicals that are required by law to be managed and handled in a certain manner, we take the utmost care to ensure that our products are transported safely.
In order to provide logistics contractors with information about essential precautions when handling and storing our products (e.g. hazardous or toxic products), we supply them with safety data sheets (SDS), which include products for which there are no statutory submission requirements. We also require drivers and other operators transporting our products to carry yellow cards outlining measures that need to be taken and information that needs to be reported in the event of an accident irrespective of whether the products transported are hazardous materials or not.

SDS: Safety Data Sheet
Documentation issued by one operator to another when transporting chemicals or other such substances, containing information such as the name of the substance, the name of the supplier, hazard/toxicity levels, safety measures and emergency procedures

Yellow card

Eliminating Transport-Related and Occupational Accidents

Logistics operators have to perform tasks in high places. Filling a tanker for instance involves working at a height of at least three meters off the ground. In the interests of safety, operators are obligated to wear safety harnesses to prevent them from falling. They are also required to wear protective gear to prevent burns or injuries from exposure to chemicals.
n addition, we are committed to promoting awareness toward and enforcing basic safety rules.

1. If you cannot see clearly, get out of the truck and make sure it is safe before reversing.
2. When parking, make sure that the brake lock is on and put stoppers under the tires.
3. Always do a full walk-around inspection to check that everything is safe before starting the truck.

Moreover, we are also running a variety of nationwide campaigns to reduce and eliminate accidents as part of our logistics operations.

Minimizing Damage in the Event of an Accident

In an effort to minimize damage in the event of an accident whilst transporting our products, we have introduced a set of regulations outlining the Mitsui Chemicals Group Logistics Emergency Network (MENET). The network is divided into six areas covering different parts of the country and can be mobilized 24 hours a day.

We also conduct emergency contact and mobilization drills twice a year.
The Mitsui Chemicals Group also contracted with the Maritime Disaster Prevention Center and adopted that Center’s Hazardous Material Emergency Response Service (HAZMATers) from October 2015 in order to respond in a timely manner to accidents as and when they occur and to prevent major damage. Since adopting this service, the number of major response bases has increased from seven to nine. As a result, the Group is better positioned to swiftly respond to an accident when it occurs. Through access to the Center’s specialized knowledge and materials, we are able to push forward more effective measures thereby preventing major damage.

MENET support bases