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.