The purpose of the Panasonic Group's occupational health and safety management is to promote a comfortable, safe workplace based on the most advanced and best practices. Its aim is to contribute to the welfare of the Group's employees and the development of Panasonic’s business. In addition, the Group has established in its regulations that it will give careful consideration to the health and safety of the subcontractors' employees who work full-time on Panasonic premises.
To maintain our efforts regarding occupational health and safety—and to improve them continuously—Panasonic has implemented an occupational health and safety management system at nearly all its manufacturing locations globally (some of which are now under construction). The systems implemented at Company locations consist primarily of the Panasonic Occupational Safety and Health Management System, which encompasses the OHSAS18001 standard, supplemented by the Company's unique perspective. Panasonic also acquires external OHSAS18001 certification in locations outside Japan where it has been requested to do so by customers.
Panasonic uses this system to give all employees clear roles and responsibilities and to promote their engagement in health and safety-related activities by setting clear targets. The system also involves periodic reviews by the directors of business sites, thus allowing the Company to revise these activities as needed. Panasonic periodically—at least annually—conducts risk assessments to uncover any remaining risks of workplace accidents or illnesses and to reduce these risks, which it does decisively and in order of severity. Furthermore, when a workplace accident happens within the Company, Panasonic shares it as a case study through its corporate intranet, so that it can implement steps to prevent recurrences at all business sites.
At all business sites in Japan, health and safety committees, composed of employees and managers, investigate and debate issues of health and safety that could affect employees. Moreover, to achieve a similar level of protection for employees of partner companies, including contractors operating on our premises, Panasonic has established occupational health and safety councils, which are involved in a variety of activities, including formulating occupational health and safety policy, as well as various forms of information sharing.
Panasonic Group staff in charge of health and safety participate in an annual Employee Health and Occupational Health and Safety Forum, where together they study case studies of efforts at different business sites, attend lectures by visiting instructors, and engage in other activities to increase their knowledge, so they can put it into practice at each business site.
In addition, sites that have had no accidents for a certain period of time receive awards, as do those that have initiated activities relating to safety, health, or the promotion of healthy lifestyles among employees. These initiatives can stand as models of behavior for other sites. In fiscal 2017, we worked to expand this program globally by, for example, announcing praiseworthy cases from outside Japan.