Safety and Quality
Dialog with Logistics Subcontractors
Mitsui Chemicals delegates its entire logistics operation to logistics subcontractors. To realize safe logistics with appropriate consideration given to quality and the environment under these partnerships, we believe it is important to communicate and disseminate a policy that positions safety as the top priority for each and every person in our logistics operations.
The department responsible for logistics at each of our works holds a logistics meeting roughly once a month with their logistics subcontractors to share information concerning logistics issues and details of hiyari-hatto (near-miss) incidents, conduct on-site patrols of the works or a mutual patrol in multiple works, and problem prevention training using past cases. We publish monthly and weekly reports to raise their consciousness of logistics safety and quality. We also make every effort to prevent accidents as part of our logistics operations by requiring subcontractors to undergo responsible care audits and engage in safety dialogs with on-site operators. Energies are also directed toward preventing incidents in the logistics process. This includes the elimination of erroneous shipments and deliveries as well as product leakages.
Third-party logistics (3PL)* companies take the lead in managing 3PL products. The aforementioned activities are also undertaken with the departments responsible for logistics at each works playing a supporting role.
*Third-party Logistics (3PL) :
A form of logistics operation where other companies undertakes all or a portion of logistical tasks.
Safety Measures for Product Transportation
Providing product information
The Mitsui Chemicals Group products include hazardous substances specified by the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods*1 and Japan’s Fire Service Act and other domestic laws. When subcontracting goods distribution, we provide a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) detailing the chemical handling and storage regardless of their hazard or danger level. We also submit a Yellow Card,*2 which specifies the emergency response procedure and contact details in case of an accident, and mandate the logistics subcontractors to carry the card during shipping.
*1United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods :
A recommendation developed by the United Nations Economic and Social Council's Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods in order to ensure the safety of international transportation of such goods, updated every two years. Depending on the danger and hazard level, dangerous goods are classified as follows: 1 explosives; 2 gases; 3 flammable liquids; 4 flammable solids; 5 oxidizing agents and organic peroxides; 6 toxic and infectious substances; 7 radioactive substances; 8 corrosive substances; and 9 miscellaneous.
*2Yellow card :
An emergency contact card on which are written the actions to be taken by those involved, including the truck driver, fire and police, in preparation for the unlikely event of an accident when transporting chemical substances or high-pressure gas. Promoted by the Japan Chemical Industry Association.
Collaboration with other companies in the same industry
The Mitsui Chemicals Group is keen to maintain safe and secure goods distribution by preparing for emergency situations in addition to thorough compliance with relevant laws. As for high risk products,* we are working together with other companies in the same industry to reinforce safety measures, such as organizing a mutual emergency support system, including stocking emergency response equipment and materials. We are also considering a third-party review of the safety assessment of high risk goods transportation.
*High risk products :
Products that may have a significant social impact if a transportation accident occurs, determined according to its danger level, hazard level, transportation volume, etc.
We convene the Mitsui Chemicals Group Logistics Emergency Network (MENET) in the event of a logistics accident, enabling us to act promptly and proactively as the shipment owner. The network is divided into six areas covering different parts of Japan, and the major works in each area is appointed as the emergency support provider, available to be mobilized 24 hours-a-day. These designated works continue to improve their emergency response capabilities through annual emergency contact and mobilization drills.
In 2017, we concluded the Hazardous Material Emergency Response Service (HAZMATers) contract with the Maritime Disaster Prevention Center to cover a wider scope of expertise and emergency response equipment and materials. Also, in fiscal 2019, we introduced an emergency response helpline provided by the National Chemical Emergency Centre established by the UK government. This will enable us to quickly respond to overseas logistics incidents and inquiries concerning our group products, enhancing our responsible care management for our global logistics.