Management System

The purpose of Panasonic Group’s occupational health and safety management is to promote a comfortable and safe workplace based on the most advanced 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 employees of its subcontractors who work full-time on Panasonic premises.
To maintain our occupational health and safety efforts—and to continuously improve them—Panasonic has introduced an occupational health and safety management system at nearly all of its global manufacturing sites (some of which are now under construction). The systems implemented at company sites consist primarily of the Panasonic Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS), which incorporates the content of OHSAS 18001, supplemented with our own unique perspective. Panasonic also obtains and renews external OHSAS 18001 certifications for sites in each country where customer companies request it.
Through the use of OSHMS, all employees have specific targets aiming to promote engagement in health and safety-related activities, based on clearly defined roles and responsibilities. The system also involves periodic reviews and activities evaluations by business sites directors.

With the coming expiration of OHSAS18001, 136 of the 140 global sites that acquired the certification as of the end of 2019 are preparing to transition to IS0 45001. We are aiming to obtain the new certification in March 2021.

In addition, based on the Industrial Safety and Health Act, Panasonic conducts at least once a year regular risk assessments of sites elements including mechanical equipment and harmful substances, This process aims to identify potential risks of workplace accidents or illnesses and to ensure to reduce these risks, according to their level of severity.
Furthermore, when a workplace accident happens within the company, Panasonic shares it as a case study through its corporate intranet, so that we can implement activities to prevent recurrence of such accidents at all business sites.
Through OSHMS, all business sites in Japan have Health and Safety Committees, composed of employees and managers.
The purpose of these Committees is to investigate and debate employee hazard prevention measures, root causes of occupational accidents, measures for recurrence prevention, prevention measures for employees’ health issues, as well as employee health maintenance and promotion measures. Moreover, Panasonic has established Occupational Health and Safety Councils with its contractors in order to prevent occupational accidents caused by working with contractors’ employees operating on our premises. These Councils serve to maintain open lines of communication among workers and to comprehensively manage health and safety issues.
At our Headquarters, we have built a system for managing the status of occupational accidents arising at some 340 global sites. Should a major occupational accident occur, this system allows to report it within 24 hours, in addition to full year-round monitoring and sharing of case studies with all Group companies. At business sites where occupational accidents have occurred, Panasonic investigates the root causes behind incidents and implements measures at all business sites to prevent the recurrence of similar accidents.
In March of each year, Panasonic establishes Corporate-wide priority policies, and strives to fully inform all employees of their content during July’s National Safety Week and October’s National Occupational Health Week. These communication efforts include the issuance by Panasonic’s President of a specific message related to the key Corporate-wide policies for that fiscal year.
Panasonic Group personnel 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 initiatives at different business sites, attend lectures by visiting instructors, and engage in activities to increase their knowledge and to put it into practice at each business site.
In addition, Panasonic’s Occupational Health and Safety personnel attends presentations given by external 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 Employee Personal Health and Occupational Health and Safety Forum held each year in September. These engagements are designed to promote high standards of health and safety across Panasonic’s sites.

Policy

Panasonic strives to ensure the personal and occupational health and safety of its employees by sharing the Panasonic Code of Conduct, created by the Board of Directors, and the Panasonic Occupational Safety and Health Policy, issued by the President, to all Panasonic Group companies worldwide. (At the Headquartersthese are translated into our most commonly used foreign languages, English and Chinese, while multilingual versions are also offered at each business site.)

Panasonic Code of Conduct (Excerpts)

Panasonic has established that it will take into account the health of its employees and strive to ensure a safe and comfortable work environment.

Chapter 3: Employee Relations

(2) Respect for Human Rights

4. The Company will give due consideration to the health of its employees and will maintain a comfortable workplace that meets all applicable safety standards.

Panasonic Occupational Safety and Health Policy

The Panasonic Occupational Safety and Health Policy consists of an Occupational Safety and Health Declaration, as well as a set of Activity Guidelines for Occupational Safety and Health. The Company has set initiatives in eight areas that it is thoroughly undertaking.

Occupational Safety and Health Declaration

Based on the spirit of "respect for human beings" as stated in our management philosophy, Panasonic Corporation is committed to creating safe and both physically and mentally healthy workplaces through consistent efforts and careful attention.

Activity Guidelines for Occupational Safety and Health

  1. Legal and regulatory compliance
    Each business site shall establish its own internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance with all relevant legal and regulatory obligations related to occupational safety and health.
  2. Management of resources
    Each business site shall invest in human, technology and capital in order to create safe and healthy workplaces.
  3. Establish, maintain, and improve our occupational safety and health management systems
    Each business unit shall establish an occupational safety and health management system, and regularly maintain and improve it.
  4. Definitions of roles, authorities and responsibilities, and establishment of an organizational structure
    In order to ensure smooth implementation of Panasonic’s occupational safety and health management systems and to promote their continuous and voluntary improvements, each business site shall define the organizational structure for health and safety management, including the roles, authorities, and responsibilities of legal representatives, managers and supervisors.
  5. Removal and reduction of the root causes of hazards and potential damage
    Each business site shall carry out risk assessments, identify hazards and root causes of potential damage, and remove or reduce them.
  6. Setting health and safety goals and formulating and implementing a management plan
    At each business site, the business operators taking part in the Health and Safety Committees (managers) and employees shall work together to assess occupational safety and health activities, identify disasters and potential threats to health, adopt appropriate goals, and formulate and execute a management plan for occupational safety and health.
  7. Auditing and review by management
    Each business site shall conduct regular audits to monitor occupational safety and health activities. Based on the audit results, the management shall carry out appropriate reviews and implement continuous improvements.
  8. Education and training
    Each business site shall provide its employees and those of its business partners on its premises with education and training in accordance with the occupational safety and health management plan. Each business site shall ensure that all relevant personnel are appropriately kept informed of the health and safety policy and the occupational health and safety management system.

April 1, 2013
President Kazuhiro Tsuga, Panasonic Corporation

Education

Panasonic educates employees, managers, and occupational health and safety personnel using the Safety and Health Education Guideline and the Mental Health Education Guideline that it has established.

Headquarters Training and Numbers of Trainees (Fiscal 2020)

Name of Training

Period/Time

Number of Trainees

Occupational Health and Safety Personnel Training (Introduction)

3 days

25

Course on Human Resources Basic Roles

3 hours, 15 minutes

46

ISO45001 Internal Auditor Training

2 days

-

Lectures on Machinery and Equipment Safety Standards

2 days

24

Training Before Sales Praxis

55 minutes

795

Career Hires Introductory Training

60 minutes

451

Occupational Health and Safety Seminar for Executives and Plant Managers

2 days

18

Occupational Health and Safety Seminar for HR Personnel

2 days

16

Occupational Health and Safety Seminar for Production Engineering Manager

2 days

21

*All seminars are for employees of Panasonic Corporation and its affiliated companies in Japan.

In September of each year, Panasonic holds its Employee Personal Health and Occupational Health and Safety Forum—where employees from all business sites can learn good examples of personal health and occupational health and safety promotion activities from each other. At the Forum, Panasonic awards business sites that have achieved zero accidents or shown outstanding efforts—as part of its goal to raise the standards of its health and safety activities.

Responsible Executive and Framework

The executive officer responsible for occupational health and safety is the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), Shigeki Mishima. (As of August 2020)
As per Panasonic’s Occupational Health and Safety Management Regulations, established for Corporate-wide occupational health and safety management, Panasonic uses the management structure shown below. Divisional Company Presidents (or executives of at least executive officer rank) supervise occupational health and safety at their respective Divisional Companies.

Corporate Occupational Health and Safety Management Organization (Japan)

President - Corporate safety and health director (Executive Officer in Charge of HR), Corporate Safety and Health Committee, Divisional Company Safety and Health Director, Divisional Company Central Safety and Health Committee, Secretariat: Department in charge of Health and Safety (Sales Company - Sales Company, Business Divisions, Divisions in Japan, Divisions in Overseas, Regional Headquarters (North America, Latin America, Europe & CIS, South East Asia and Pacific, India, South Asia, Middle East & Africa, China & Northeast Asia))

To continually maintain and improve its occupational health and safety activities, Panasonic has also built the Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS) and provided various related regulations for all business sites worldwide.

Occupational Health and Safety Support Desk

Panasonic has established the following support desk to help employees prevent or deal with mental or physical stress:

Employee Counselors (or the human resources department of the employee’s place of work)
Since 1957, Panasonic has designated highly experienced employees as “counselors,” and it has implemented a “Counselor System” whereby other employees may confer with them. The counselors answer any question other employees may have concerning welfare systems, and provide support to help employees resolve individual worries or problems that they face in their work or private lives.

EAP* Consultation Office
Panasonic has engaged specialist counselors to listen to the personal concerns of employees, who can rest assured that what they have discussed will not be disclosed to the company or to their health insurance organization.
* EAP: Employee Assistance Program

Company Clinic
Full-time physicians and occupational health personnel are deployed to company clinics to provide a health support that performs functions such as handling illnesses that manifest during work, consulting on mental and physical health, preventing lifestyle-related diseases, and helping in smoking cessation.

Incidence of Occupational Accidents and Responses

Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate*1
(Number of accidents that require time off from work per one million working hours)

(Number of accidents / one million working hours) Electric, machinery and equipment manufacturing industry average: 2015 / 0.54, 2016 / 0.51, 2017 / 0.45, 2018 / 0.58, 2019 / 0.54, Panasonic Group*2: 2015 / 0.18, 2016 / 0.12, 2017 / 0.17, 2018 / 0.14, 2019 / 0.23, Panasonic Corporation: 2015 / 0.09, 2016 / 0.14, 2017 / 0.15, 2018 / 0.08 2019 / 0.11, 2020 Target (0.10)

Intensity Rate*1
(Proportion of day lost per 1,000 hours of total working hours)

(Number of accidents / one million working hours) Electric, machinery and equipment manufacturing industry average: 2015 / 0.03, 2016 / 0.05, 2017 / 0.02, 2018 / 0.02 2019 / 0.01, Panasonic Group*2: 2015 / 0.004, 2016 / 0.054, 2017 / 0.004, 2018 / 0.005, 2019 / 0.004, Panasonic Corporation: 2015 / 0.006, 2016 / 0.107, 2017 / 0.004, 2018 / 0.005, 2019 / 0.005

Source: Research on Occupational Accident Trends (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

Number of Fatal Accidents (Global)*3

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

0

1
(Japan: An employee)

0

1
(Overseas: A local employee)

1
(Japan: Temporary staff)

*1 Excludes employees stationed overseas, temporary employees, and onsite contractor employees
*2 The period from 2014–2017 excludes PanaHome, while 2018 includes it. The data also exclude temporary employees and onsite contractor employees.
*3 Includes employees stationed overseas, temporary employees, and onsite contractor employees

Health key performance indicators

Rate of awareness of steps walked

Rate of awareness of steps walked: The percentage of people who are generally aware of how many steps they take in a week

Rate of awareness of steps walked: 2008 (FY) Men : 14.7%, Women : 9.8%, All : 13.6%, 2019 (FY) Men : 49.1%, Women : 40.3%, All : 46.8%

Exercise rate

Exercise rate: The percentage of people who have exercised for at least 30 minutes, at least twice a week, over at least one year

Exercise rate : 2008 (FY) Men : 18.4%, Women : 11.1%, All : 16.8%, 2018 (FY) Men : 23.7%, Women : 14.4%, All : 21.3%

Smoking rate

Smoking rate: The percentage of people who smoke cigarettes

Smoking rate : 1997 (FY) Men : 54.6%, Women : 10.5%, 2019 (FY) Men : 29.7%, Women : 9.1%

Obesity rate

Obesity rate: The percentage of people who have a BMI of 25 or more

Obesity rate : 2000 (FY) Men (20 years and older) : 26.1%, Women over 40 : 19.3%、2019 (FY) Men (20 years and older) : 32.1%, Women over 40 : 21.1%

After promoting Corporate-wide efforts to raise awareness of steps walked in fiscal 2019, we raised the 10-year rate of awareness by nearly threefold, while gradually increasing the rate of exercise as well. Panasonic's initiative to move from separate indoor smoking areas to 100% smoke-free buildings has lowered the smoking rate among men by just over 25% and among women by 4% from the peak figure. At the same time, while health promoting initiatives temporarily lowered obesity rates, they have continued to make gains again, so the Panasonic Group needs to expand the scope of its health promotion activities even further.

Key Initiatives

Safety

Creating Equipment Safety Standards
To prevent occupational safety risks involving equipment, Panasonic reviews safety conditions for all newly installed equipment by evaluating compliance with its Equipment Safety Standards. These precautionary audits take place when Panasonic builds new plants and installs new production equipment in existing business sites. The Guidelines on Creating Equipment Safety Standards form the basic outline for the Equipment Safety Standards at each business site. They take into account the laws and regulations of Japan, international standards, our know-how, and real disaster case studies.
Panasonic publishes these Guidelines in multiple languages.

Promoting Three-Year Occupational Accident Prevention Plans
In an effort to prevent the most common occupational accidents—such as getting caught in, pulled into, sliced by, or scraped by equipment and falling in halls or stairwells, among others—Panasonic has adopted Corporate-wide initiatives, and each business site is working to formulate implementation plans for fiscal 2019–2021.

Occupational Health

Regarding special tasks such as the handling of heavy objects or chemical substances, Panasonic will conduct work reviews work performed by using Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and provides appropriate protective equipment to reduce the necessity of such work as much as possible. Coinciding with the new obligation to conduct chemical substance risk assessments (as of June 2016), we review substances subject to the assessment, conduct additional health checkups in compliance with all laws and regulations, and continually monitor the situation so that there are no negative effects on employees’ health.

Panasonic Group strives to ensure that employees at all business sites take the Stress Check Test—as part of the Stress Check System—through efforts such as combining the Stress Check Test with regular health checkups. In addition to providing employees with an opportunity to identify their own stress levels, the Stress Check Test results offer workplace feedback in the form of a diagnostic analysis. This analysis is used to develop measures intended to prevent the occurrence of mental illness and to revitalize the workplace.
Employees who work long hours or whose regular health screening results suggest a need for monitoring their safety receive a consultation from an occupational physician based on Panasonic’s own criteria. , Measures are also taken to prevent damage to the employee’s health, including by addressing working conditions and environment.
Furthermore, from the perspective of employee health and statutory compliance, we are striving to address excessive working hours and fundamentally review work processes in a way that goes beyond short-term efforts. This is part of our approach to continuously improve how employees engage in work and downtime.

Personal Health

We are promoting “Healthy Panasonic”, a Corporate-wide campaign for healthy lifestyles started in FY2002 that targets all employees, labor unions and health insurance organizations. To ensure sustainable growth, and as the average employee age advances, Panasonic aims to prevent falls, reduce the risks of brain and heart disease, improve the mental and physical condition of its employees, and exhibit top performance Corporate-wide.

Promotional Framework

As of August 2020, the executive in charge of promoting Healthy Panasonic is Executive Officer and CHRO Shigeki Mishima.
Panasonic has established the Healthy Panasonic Promotion Committee to determine the policies and strategies for Healthy Panasonic. Under this committee, the Healthy Panasonic Working Group decides on the specifics of these strategies, while Health and Safety Committees implement these strategies at each business site.

Organizational structure for the promotion of “Healthy Panasonic”

Deciding on policy and strategy [Healthy Panasonic Promotion Committee (Biannual) Chairperson: Executive officer in charge of HR, Company committee representative, Union committee representative, Health Insurance Association committee representative], Deciding on the specifics of strategies [Healthy Panasonic Working Group (4 times/year) Company task force member, Union task force member, Health Insurance Association task force member], Executing strategies [Workplace Health and Safety Committees (Monthly) Chairperson: General health and safety manager, Company committee representative, Union committee representative,Occupational health physicians and nurses]

Employee Health Problems

As Panasonic's employees become older, the number of individuals with obesity or other health problems is increasing, as is the number of falling accidents. At the same time, improvements in lifestyle habit metrics have remained stagnant, except in the rate of employees who are aware of how much they walk and who do not smoke. To address these health problems, Panasonic needs to raise its employees' health literacy and create plans to increase the number of employees who engage in healthy behaviors.

Health Promotion Initiatives

As an initiative to raise employees' health awareness, we hold a No Smoking Day (June 1st) and Health Improvement Day (October 1st) every year for the entire Group, and in fiscal 2020, 92% and 79% of business sites took measures to prevent passive smoking, quit smoking, eat well and exercise. Around 40,000 employees participated in 181 business units (each Health and Safety Committee) at AJTA, a sports competition that is being conducted for building physical strength and improving communication. In addition, Panasonic also offers ICT-based health promotion solutions through web services and lifestyle habit apps. These solutions provide health information, records of health checkups, health challenges, and health care point programs, and 55% of all Panasonic Group employees use these services and apps.
In terms of improvements to work environment, Panasonic promotes non-smoking workplaces and certifies 67 workplace cafeterias across Japan through the internal Health Improvement Cafeteria Certification System. Thanks to these certifications, 78% of cafeteria users can choose from a selection of health-conscious meals.

Meanwhile, Panasonic also considers employee safety as necessary by actively offering health guidance and occupational counseling through 160 health management offices across Japan. These counseling efforts are for individuals who are subject to specific health guidance and who are at high risk of facing health problems.
Starting in fiscal 2020, Panasonic will further expand the scope of its activities through a new initiative called “Healthy Panasonic: One Step Towards the Future”. This initiative aims to raise health awareness among individuals and encourages them to take charge of their own health. In fiscal 2021, our theme is "making exercise a habit," as we encourage employees to build more physical stamina.

Overview of “Healthy Panasonic” from FY2020

Preventing health problems Curbing increasing medical costs x Energizing individuals and workplaces Improving productivity [Physical condition & energy levels (Lower health risks, lower mental and physical stress, more work engagement, healthier workplaces), Improving health literacy, Putting policies, frameworks, and platforms in place, Promoting pull campaigns for health development* through the trinity of the Company, the Union, and the Health Insurance Association *Promoting health through self-directed initiatives individuals take for the sake of themselves and their families, Lifestyle habits (proper daily habits), Health awareness and behavior (Health declarations, health challenges, and health checkups & examinations), Worksite & home communication (worksite)]

Panasonic also supports HIV/AIDS prevention and provides support to those patients and their families. Based on the ideas that AIDS prevention is possible only with the correct knowledge and that this information can help avoid unnecessary worry and workplace confusion, Panasonic fundamentally prioritizes education and awareness-raising activities for its employees. Moreover, in its HR management practices, Panasonic places primary importance on protecting the human rights of those infected with HIV/AIDS, with its four principles being maintaining the confidentiality of personal information, prohibiting discrimination in HR-related matters, forbidding HIV testing without consent, and conducting educational and awareness-raising activities.