We are making Group-wide efforts to promote safety and health under our Code of Conduct, which states that “We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all our stakeholders.”
First, regarding operations related to hazardous substances, we are committed to continually improving workplace environments to prevent work-related diseases, including stepped-up efforts to manage hazardous substances (poisonous substances, toxic substances, chemicals) and prevent exposure.
We introduced our health management system in 2018 to centrally manage health management information such as health check results using electronic data, and the system is operated by our industrial healthcare staff. We upgraded this system in September 2020, which has enabled more precise aftercare measures and data analysis. We will continue working to further improve the system and draft and implement effective health promotion measures.
As our primary mental healthcare initiative, we provide a range of mental healthcare training on an ongoing basis to prevent the mental health problems of employees. Specifically, we provide job-class-specific mental healthcare training in addition to "Self-care training" for all employees and "Line-care training" for management supervisors. In fiscal 2019, we introduced a consultation service provided by a clinical psychologist stationed at each office and plant for employees who are in their third year at the Company, in an effort to prevent mental health issues. Further, as the COVID-19 pandemic has brought major changes to the way we work and to our everyday lifestyles, we conduct surveys of the mental and physical health conditions of all our employees to identify issues and formulate countermeasures.
For employees who have developed mental health problems, we continue to offer meetings and consultations with industrial healthcare staff at each of our offices and plants. For employees who are taking sick leave, we operate a program to support them in returning to work, including the use of external back-to-work programs and other initiatives to help them work smoothly after recovery.
We simultaneously perform stress check survey at all offices and plants, including those with less than 50 employees, offering face-to-face guidance with physicians as needed for those diagnosed with high stress levels. We also analyze the survey results by attribute and changes in the results over time and share information with business divisions to identify issues and formulate countermeasures. Thus, we will continue to drive the creation of workplace environments that are comfortable for employees.
At the Mitsubishi Materials Group, employee safety and health has been positioned as the top-priority issue. Accordingly, diverse initiatives have been taken at each office and plant. However, we have begun to see issues that should be addressed in a Group-wide manner, including issues associated with the aging of employees reflecting the declining birthrate and aging population, the promotion of mental health measures, and the balance between treatment and work.
In response, we positioned employees' health management as a management issue and have decided to strategically work on health and productivity management in a Group-wide manner. We are engaging in activities for improving the mental and physical health of employees and their families, in collaboration with the Mitsubishi Materials Health Insurance Society.
Specifically, we made the Mitsubishi Materials Group Health and Productivity Management Declaration in October 2020. We later established its promotional structure, etc., and the Mitsubishi Materials Corporation started the activities in a Group-wide manner in April 2021.
Thus, each office is engaged in activities for maintaining and improving the health of employees in a well-planned manner following company-wide priority action items.
In March 2022, based on the investigations into the content of our activities, we were selected by Nippon Kenko Kaigi (Japan Health Council) in their 2022 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations (large enterprise category). The Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program is designed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) to promote the dissemination of health and productivity management.
We will continue to deepen our activities to promote safety and health and create workplaces where employees can work in a healthier way and enjoy working, through health and productivity management activities, so that the activities will be very meaningful for both the company and its employees.
Under our Corporate Philosophy of "For People, Society and the Earth" and our Code of Conduct which states that “We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all our stakeholders,” Mitsubishi Materials Group will make maximum efforts and engage in continual improvement to prevent occupational accidents, ensure occupational hygiene, and manage the health of its employees.
Specifically, the Group will engage in efforts to reform working styles, and deploy measures for improving the mental and physical health of employees and their families, in collaboration with the Mitsubishi Materials Health Insurance Society.
In response to global pandemics and other new diseases, too, we will work to prevent infections and ensure the health of employees and their families.