Safety Initiatives

Erected following the explosion and fire at the Group’s Iwakuni-Ohtake Works, the Safety Monument is an expression of how seriously the Mitsui Chemicals Group takes the incident and symbolizes the pledge of each and every employee to prevent a recurrence.

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In order to be recognized as a corporate group that places the utmost priority on safety in the eyes of society, we will continue to earnestly engage in safety activities.

Promoting Fundamental Safety Initiatives

Overview of Efforts Aimed at Promoting Fundamental Safety Initiatives

The Mitsui Chemicals Group takes the explosion and fire that occurred at the resorcinol production facility at its Iwakuni-Ohtake Works on April 22, 2012 extremely seriously. With an unwavering commitment to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again, the Group has continued to implement a series of fundamental safety measures over the three-year period since April 2013.
Through lengthy debate, we have rolled out a variety of measures during this period. We are currently engaging in ongoing activities that entail the daily application of a PDCA cycle. As indicated below, these activities are being conducted on a Group-wide basis.

  • Reporting directly to the president, a steering committee monitors the status of Group-wide progress, deliberates on various issues, and sets the direction for ongoing activities
  • Steps are being taken to increase visits to various Works by Head Office departments spearheaded by management; every effort is being made to reinforce the level of active involvement in safety measures throughout such wide-ranging initiatives as dialogue
  • External experts are invited to call on the Group’s network of Works; feedback and any guidance is then reflected in the operations of Works with a particular emphasis on safety activities
  • Various measures include safety discussions by Works general managers and cross-sectional safety activity inspections by safety advisors
  • Positive steps are being taken to ensure group leader meetings spearheaded by managers as a forum for promoting communication within sections, etc.

Overview of Efforts Aimed at Promoting Fundamental Safety Initiatives

Overview of Efforts Aimed at Promoting Fundamental Safety Initiatives

Progress with Fundamental Safety Initiatives

Following the explosion and subsequent fire that occurred at the resorcinol production facility, we set up the Fundamental Safety Committee, chaired by the President. This committee has carried out an extensive review of safety issues. We are undertaking concrete actions based on 11 specific measures organized under three key issues for maintaining fundamental safety Companywide.
The status of these measures in fiscal 2015 is presented in the following table. After completing various reviews of these measures, a significant number has now been positioned as an everyday issue. Every effort is being made to increase the efficacy of activities by implementing a PDCA cycle. Culture and climate-related measures have been included in those activities in the thick-bordered sections of the table. Carrying on from the previous fiscal year, energies will be channeled toward further fortifying endeavors over time.

Three key issues for maintaining fundamental safety Initiatives

  • Line manager focus and proper management of worksites
  • Improve technical skills and ensure skills are passed down
  • Ensure safety is the top priority, cultivate professionalism, and generate a sense of accomplishment among workers

Fiscal 2015 Fundamental Safety Measure Progress Report

Three key issues, 11 measures Implementation schedule (fiscal year)
13 and under 14 15 16 ~
(1)Allow line managers to focus on and properly manage worksites
Reduce the workload of line managers On an ongoing basis      
Train line managers On an ongoing basis  
(2)Improve technical skills and ensure skills are passed down (clarify rights & responsibilities)
Train engineering staff with situational awareness On an ongoing basis    
Build safety technology systems On an ongoing basis  
Review technical assessment systems and structures On an ongoing basis      
(3)Ensure safety is the top priority, cultivate professionalism, and give workers a sense of accomplishment
Reorganize/boost functions of Safety & Environment Division On an ongoing basis  
Reinforce safety as a top priority
(strict adherence to basics, diagnosis)
Cultivate and bolster professionalism (Completely update manuals and draft supplementary materials)
Improve teamwork and workplace communications On an ongoing basis
Establish attractive senior positions
(Human Resources Committee, etc.)
On an ongoing basis      
Measures to give workers a sense of accomplishment in safety performance and operations On an ongoing basis      

Culture and climate-related measures ( red boundaries ) will be implemented on an ongoing basis over a long period of time.

Fostering a Safety Culture

Undertaking Safety Culture Diagnostics

In fiscal 2015, the Mitsui Chemicals Osaka and Omuta Works collaborated with the Graduate School of System Design and Management at Keio University to undertake a safety culture diagnostic. With the exception of Kashima Works, which is scheduled to be shut down, this completes diagnostics at all of the Group’s Works. In this manner, positive steps have been taken to identify the position of the Group’s Works and worksites within the chemical industry. By undertaking an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each worksite, every effort is being made to implement specific measures. The Mitsui Chemicals Group acknowledges that this diagnostic is an effective way of fostering a safety culture. Accordingly, diagnostics will form an important part of the Group’s ongoing activities.

Safety Capability Assessment Initiatives

The Japan Safety Competency Center of the Japan Society for Safety Engineering put in place a safety capability assessment system in the spring of 2013.
Mitsui Chemicals undertook a self-assessment of the phenol plant at its Osaka Works in May 2013. This was followed by a safety capability assessment by the Japan Safety Competency Center in August.
The Company undertook a self-assessment of the utility plant at its Ichihara Works in June 2016. This was followed by a safety capability assessment by the Japan Safety Competency Center in October.
Moving forward, Mitsui Chemicals will cooperate with the Japan Safety Competency Center in order to help further improve the assessment system.