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 on 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 (OSHMS), which encompasses the OHSAS18001 standard, supplemented with the company's unique perspective. Panasonic also acquires and updates external OHSAS18001 certifications for locations outside Japan where it has been requested to do so by customers. At present, Panasonic is preparing to shift from OHSAS18001 to ISO45001, as the latter has been published.
Panasonic uses OSHMS to give all employees clear roles and responsibilities, promoting 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.
Through OSHMS, all business sites in Japan have health and safety committees, composed of employees and managers, that investigate and debate employee hazard prevention measures, the causes of and recurrence prevention measures for occupational accidents, employee personal health problem prevention measures, and employee health maintenance and promotion measures. Moreover, to prevent occupational accidents caused by working together with employees of contractors operating on our premises, Panasonic has established occupational health and safety councils with these contractors, through which it maintains open lines of communication among workers and otherwise comprehensively manages health and safety.
At business sites where workplace accidents have occurred, Panasonic investigates the causes behind the incidents, implements measures to prevent recurrence, and shares accident case studies groupwide so that all business sites may implement preventative measures so as not to experience the same kinds of accidents themselves.
In March of each year, Panasonic establishes key groupwide directives, and during July's National Safety Week and October's National Occupational Health Week, the company endeavors to fully inform all employees of these directives, through efforts that include the president separately issuing memoranda related to the key groupwide directives for that fiscal year.
Panasonic Group staff in charge of health and safety also participate in an annual Employee Personal 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 and to put it into practice at each business site.
In addition, Panasonic’s Occupational Health and Safety staff attend presentations given by outside experts, share best practices on health and safety among business sites (including those overseas), and give awards to business sites with exceptional safety records at the health and safety forum held each year in September. These actions are designed to create a high standard of health and safety at Panasonic.