At Shionogi, we are constantly making effort to ensure employees’ health and safety and create and maintain a comfortable workplace environment. We have thus developed a management system to this end, holding health and safety committee meetings to devise measures to prevent occupational accidents and enhance workplace health and safety.
FY 2018
Occupational accidents 15 cases
Of which those resulting in lost work time 6 cases
FY 2018
Frequency rate[*1] 0.807
Severity rate[*2] 0.018
The numbers of accidents are those at Shionogi & Co., Ltd. alone, excluding accidents during commuting.
  1. ※1
    Frequency rate: Frequency of accidents; the number of employees killed or injured in occupational accidents per one million total working hours
  2. ※2
    Severity rate: Severity of accidents; the number of work days lost due to occupational accidents per one thousand total working hours
The Settsu and Kanegasaki Plants have OHSAS 18001 certification (standard for occupational health and safety management systems), pursuing continuous improvement under their certified management system. The plants have in-house criteria for goal-oriented performance progress management and risk management. Criteria-based risk assessment is conducted with a focus on risk items identified as particularly important. Criteria are also set for the risk assessment of chemical substances, with the chemicals actually handled in the operations subjected to such assessment. Notifications and other communications of information from administrative authorities are appropriately handled with in-house measures, required formalities, and the like.
To prevent occupational accidents involving chemical substances and realize a safety-secured working environment, we pursue continuous improvement with a focus on the development of the safety data sheet (SDS)-based management system and the enhancement of guidelines concerning chemical hazards.

Guidelines concerning chemical hazards

The development and manufacturing of pharmaceutical products sometimes involve the handling of chemical substances whose use is not restricted under law because little information is available on their toxicity and other possibly hazardous properties. In handling such chemicals, it is essential to assess related risks from the standpoint of the health and safety of not only patients but also related personnel, establishing and maintaining facilities capable of containing the chemicals up to the level where employee health can be assured. To prevent occupational accidents involving chemical substances and realize a safety-secured working environment, Shionogi is working on the enhancement of guidelines concerning chemical hazards in conformity with representative global standards.

Vehicles for sales activities

To reduce road accidents involving Shionogi’s vehicles used for sales activities, we have taken both tangible and intangible measures. Tangible measures include the introduction of vehicles installed with an automatic braking system and an around-view monitor system and the scheduled gradual introduction of telematics,[*1] which we have started examining to collect driving records. As intangible measures, road safety campaign slogans are adopted, and road safety seminars and workshops are held to raise employees’ awareness of the importance of safe driving on a daily basis.
  1. ※1
    Telematics: Internet-based centralized management of vehicles to improve their safety and security functions and conveniences aided by informatics.

Commendation

Reiwa Era Year One Commendation for Health and Safety (Encouragement Award)
by the Director of the Tokushima Labor Bureau (Shionogi Pharma Chemicals Tokushima Plant)

The Tokushima Plant of Shionogi Pharma Chemicals Co., Ltd. was officially commended in recognition of its model operation: no operational accidents resulting in lost work time since the end of June 2011 and strong commitment to health and safety activities, including the safety assessment of chemical processes based on a management plan and the active (frequent), accurate and appropriate implementation of chemical substance management. In other words, the Tokushima Plant has been recognized as being exemplary vis-à-vis other industrial sites in its approach to health and safety challenges.

Tokushima Plant personnel with the certificate of commendation