Policy and Basic Approach
The main purposes of occupational health are to prevent the health disorders caused by harmful factors in the workplace, while working to maintain and promote the health of employees. In addition to complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and related laws and regulations, the Mitsui Chemicals Group believes that encouraging employees to be healthy leads to the happiness of employees and their families, which in turn forms the social foundation towards the sustainable development of society. For the annual National Occupational Health Week in Japan, the CEO’s message is published in Japanese, English, and Chinese to disseminate this concept across the Group.
In addition, we believe that healthy employees make for healthy organizations and contribute to an improvement in the labor productivity. We are incorporating a health promotion perspective into our basic policies and working to improve both the well-being of our employees and the organizational culture.
the Mitsui Chemicals Group Responsible Care Policy states: “We will actively promote the well-being of all our employees,” which we are diligently putting into practice. The Mitsui Chemicals Group Action Guidelines also stipulate health promotion to raise health awareness among employees and encourage their proactive efforts for health management. Further, we enforced the Occupational Health Regulations, internal rules that set forth the basic framework of the Group’s occupational health approach based on the above Policy and Guidelines.
Based on the philosophy of “Employee well-being is directly linked to the company’s well-being,” we have formed a sound work environment to prevent occupational diseases and actively implement a range of measures to encourage employees’ continuing voluntary health management.
System and Responsible Officers
With the responsible officer in charge of the Human Resources Division, the industrial physician who heads the Health Management Department (supervising industrial physician) in the Human Resources Division implements concrete measures.
Leading by the supervising industrial physician, we hold regular Group-wide industrial physician conferences to consider issues and measures related to health management. Based on these conferences, we formulate occupational health plans during the fiscal year and proposals for annual plan key issues and measures (Group-wide occupational health key issues), which are decided through deliberations by the Responsible Care Committee. The Group’s occupational health is managed under an approach that covers global, domestic affiliates, and Mitsui Chemicals.
Domestic and overseas affiliates implement occupational health measures based on the Responsible Care Policy.
Mitsui Chemicals submits the Management Check List regarding to occupational health to affiliates that produce or handle chemical substances to assess their health management status in workplaces. Further, the Internal Control Division undertakes an occupational health audit in Works and laboratories of Mitsui Chemicals and its affiliates (except in the U.S., Europe, and some other regions) to confirm that the working environment is appropriately organized and efforts for health promotion are in place. The onsite audit is carried out once every two to five years depending on the size of the audited site, type of business, administration level, etc. The audited companies are notified of the audit results and are requested to correct any problems identified. If a company is requested to make corrections, it is subject to a follow-up audit after one year to confirm the correction progress.
Domestic affiliates share information related to occupational health in the meeting of employees in charge of HR at domestic subsidiaries and affiliates held every six months. The information provided in the meeting includes changes in occupational health-related laws and regulations with notes on such changes, and details of occupational health issues within the Group.
Our supervising industrial physician regularly visits overseas affiliates’ works in different countries to provide their employees and occupational health officers with training programs on occupational health and additional health promotion.
Domestic Affiliates’ Structure
We adopt the following measures for our domestic affiliates, in addition to the global measures.
- Sharing information related to occupational health in the six-monthly meetings for domestic affiliates’ HR officers. Such information includes recently revised occupational health-related laws and regulations with notes on changes, and detailed explanations about priority issues concerning occupational health in the Group.
- Providing support on request to help resolve any occupational health issues in domestic affiliates.
- Concluding comprehensive occupational health service contracts with a number of domestic affiliates, such as those operating within the premises of Mitsui Chemicals Works. Through these contracts, Mitsui Chemicals’ Health Management Department directly provides the affiliates with the same health services as offered to employees of Mitsui Chemicals to enable integrated health management beyond company boundaries.
Mitsui Chemicals’ Structure
In Mitsui Chemicals’ Works, Head Office, and R&D Center, a Health Management Department is established directly under the head of each business site. The department is staffed by full-time industrial physicians, nurses, and health supervisors, and promotes health measures through an annual occupational health plan created to suit each site. Conferences for industrial physicians are regularly held and hosted by the supervising industrial physician to consider solutions to Group-wide health management issues and implement them. We maintain an efficient and effective health management structure through the close relationship between the Health Management Departments and the Human Resources Division, particularly in the area of utilization of training programs and corporate welfare schemes, and the employment of disabled people.
The Internal Control Division conducts occupational health audits in Works and laboratories of the Mitsui Chemicals Group.
|Occupational health audit||Confirms that the working environment is correctly maintained and initiatives for health promotion are being undertaken.|
|Scope: Works and laboratories of Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., and its subsidiaries and affiliates (excluding particular areas, such as Europe and the US).|
|Frequency of onsite audit*: Once every two to five years (depending on business size, business type, and management level, etc. of the audited organization).|
*Remote audits are undertaken if an onsite audit is difficult due to COVID-19 restrictions, etc.
Goals and Results
Health and Productivity Management
|Frequency of absences from work due to health disorders||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. registered employees||Less than 0.78||0.86||✕||Less than 0.80||0.5 or less|
|Frequency of absences from work due to mental health disorders||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. registered employees||Less than 0.45||0.61||✕||Less than 0.53||0.25 or less|
|Average rate of lifestyle-related disease||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. registered male employees||Less than 9.7%||10.6%||✕||Less than 10.0%||8.0% or less|
|Ratio of smokers||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. registered employees||23.2% or less||22.2%||〇||21.0% or less||20.0% or less|
Preventing Exposure to Harmful Substances
|Working environment measurement result relating to harmful substances||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.||Management Category I 100%||100%||〇||Management Category I 100%||Management Category I 100%|
|Harmful substance risk assessment implementation rate: (New substances being handled and SDS-updated substances)||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.||100%||100%||〇||100%||─|