Process Safety and Disaster Prevention

Based on our management policy of putting safety is our top priority in everything that we do, we have continued to implement a range of safety activities throughout the Mitsui Chemicals Group. Reflecting on the explosion and fire that occurred at the resorcinol production facility inside our Iwakuni-Ohtake Works in 2012, we have since implemented a series of preventive measures as well as fundamental safety initiatives to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again, anywhere within the Mitsui Chemicals Group.

With the utmost sincerity, we have made a firm commitment to promoting safety on the understanding that safety is essential and for the benefit, not only of ourselves, but also our families, colleagues, and society as a whole. Taking this commitment very much to heart, we are thinking carefully about what we can do to ensure safety and taking all appropriate actions. As a part of our Safety Day and other activities, each and every member of the Mitsui Chemicals Group repeatedly recites this pledge to ensure safety is our top priority.

* Please refer here for details of the fire that broke out at the Mobara Branch Factory in July 2017.

Management System

Policy

In the Responsible Care Policy, we pledge that “safety is our top priority and focus on achieving zero accidents and occupational injuries.” In addition, we are promoting process safety and disaster prevention in accordance with the company rules on environmental safety management, which set out basic matters concerning process safety and disaster prevention.

System and Responsible Officers

Assigning the president as the Chief and the director in charge of the Production & Technology Center as the person directly responsible, the Safety & Environment Technology Division formulates, disseminates and promotes the process safety and disaster prevention strategy. For example, through regularly holding all base meetings, they also collaborate with business sectors, production sites and affiliated companies to promote process safety and disaster prevention.

Monitoring Methods

The Safety and Environment Technology Division regularly checks the achievement of the priority issue targets relating to process safety and disaster prevention at domestic bases and ascertains the progress made. In addition, information on the occurrence of serious accidents in the entire Group, which has been collected, consolidated, and analyzed, is shared by the entire Group.

Achievements and Reviews

We are steadily achieving our fiscal year targets and are in a favorable position. We identify as a key performance indicator (KPI) the incidence of major accidents under “pursue thorough safety, high quality, and fairness across the entire supply chain” in the environmental and social perspective targets of our 2025 Long-term Business Plan and are aiming to maintain high-level safety in the years to come.

Goals and Results

Goals for Fiscal 2016

  • Major accidents : Zero
  • Promote thorough adherence to basic items tailored to the characteristics of each Works
  • Identify underlying causes, focusing on human factors, and promote measures to prevent recurrence
  • Undertake non-routine risk assessments at each Works

Fiscal 2016 Results and Assessments

Level achieved : A

  • Major accidents : Zero maintained
  • Promote thorough adherence to basic items tailored to the characteristics of each Works : Results of activities in line with plan at each works
  • Identify underlying causes focusing on human factors and promote measures to prevent recurrence : Results of activities in line with the plan at each works
  • Undertake non-routine risk assessments at each Works : Being deployed at each works

Priorities for Fiscal 2017

  • Major accidents : Zero
  • Promotion of safety measures focusing on human factors
  • Encourage worksite activation through proactive utilization of third-party assessments
  • Investigation into the utilization of big data and IoT as process safety technology

* Levels of achievement based on self-assessment: A: 95% or more, B: 70% or more and less than 95%, C: less than 70%