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6Together with Our Employees

Yokohama Rubber addresses employee issues by creating a safe working environment using our original approaches.

We value and develop our people, and create opportunities for people.

We build a culture of workplace safety through the full participation in activities to deliver safe products from safe workplaces.

Based on the idea that "safety and health are the basis for everything," Yokohama Rubber implements safety activities focusing on "human," "equipment," and "management," with full participation of the management and employees. We are working to continuously improve safety and health by employing the PDCA*1 (Plan-Do-Check-Act) cycle in our safety and health management system, which includes a variety of unique activities including one-on-one trainings and safety-worker*2 evaluations, as well as 5S,*3 Hiyari-Hatto (near misses),*4 KYT (Kiken Yochi Training/ hazard prediction training), and risk assessment. We also make contributions to the improvement of the societal safety level by promoting safe communications between companies and collaboration with safety and health organizations. The significant contributions of our whole-group initiatives for safety and health were recognized by the Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association (JISHA), and received the 2014 chairman award. We will continue our safety and health-related activities to build a "zero accident" and "zero hazard" safety culture.
At our Mie Plant, we promote the identification, assessment, and improvement of potential hazards with a risk-assessment approach, as an initiative for safe equipment and the prevention of accidents even in case of human error. We have shifted from "passive learning" to "positive learning" by revising our human-focused activities from group training to personal training and from classroom lectures to experience-based workshops. We aim to develop human resources who do not cause nor let others cause accidents by recognizing and improving personal weak areas as a group. To be more specific, we educate people to be able to think about how to respond when they recognize hazards. We recognize good case examples and encourage employees to take on challenges without fear of failure, regardless of an employee’s position or employment status, an approach which has already resulted in various on-site employee inventions. Through these activities we will familiarize all operators with an easy-to-understand SOP,*5 in order to promote the development of safer plants.

*1 PDCA :
A method for continually improving operations through the repeated cycle of plan, do, check and act.

*2 Safety Worker :
An individual with accreditation in safety skills based on the company’s rules.

*3 5S methodology :
The 5S stand for sort, systematic arrangement, shine, standardize, and sustain. These activities aim to keep the workplace neat and clean, improve employee morale, increase work flow efficiencies, and prevent the occurrence of defects or trouble, and improve workplace safety.

*4Hiyari-Hatto (near misses) :
A near miss that potentially could have lead to a serious disaster or accident.

*5 Standard Operating Procedure :
Helps employees to work efficiency, safely and with surety.

Message from a staff member
Hiroko Morita Safety and Health Section, Mie Plant, TB division

Since I was designated as a safety and health staff member in July 2014, far from developing greater awareness of the issues my days have been filled with trying to remember a great deal of new information. My biggest concern has been how to protect the health and safety of the people who work at our plant. I have been trying to communicate with the workers while devising various ways to use my feminine wisdom. I really appreciate the approaches of my bosses and seniors with on-site safety foremost in their minds, which leads to their own on-site improvements. I work hard to develop such approaches in order to create a safe and secure plant where all staff members can work in peace together.

Hiroko Morita
Safety and Health Section, Mie Plant, TB division

Message from the Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association (JISHA)
Mr. Akihisa Shirasaki  Director, Management System Audit Center, JISHA

The characteristic of the safety and health activities of Yokohama Rubber is that each production site has its own well-established, unique activities tailored to individual situations, identified through personal activities including one-on-one trainings. It tends to be considered difficult to achieve results of safety and health activities in China, where the turnover rate is high, but Yokohama Rubber has certainly achieved success through their efforts in educational activities in China. We expect the well-positioned plants will lead other plants so as to raise the basic safety level. We hope that Yokohama Rubber, as a tire manufacturer, will protect human safety continuously and take initiatives focusing on "safety," to set an example worth following.

Mr. Akihisa Shirasaki
Director, Management System Audit Center, JISHA