Occupational Health and Safety

It is vital for each and every employee to maintain and strengthen both his and her mental and physical health in order to shine and flourish professionally. This, in turn, is only possible in a safe and comfortable work environment. We place the top priority to human life, safety and legal compliance, and support employees' OHS*.

  • * In this section, "Occupational Health and Safety" is abbreviated to "OHS"

Medium- to Long-term Vision

Toshiba aims to provide a work environment where employees can create value and raise productivity while being free from risks and concerns.

Quantitative Target

Percentage of companies that have acquired OHSAS 18001 certification:
(FY2017, Manufacturing companies of Toshiba Group in Japan)

FY 2017 Achievement

  • Target: Prevention of serious accidents
  • Achievements:
    Percentage of companies that have acquired OHSAS 18001 certification:
    (FY2017, Manufacturing companies of Toshiba Group in Japan)


Future Challenges and Approaches

To uphold OHS as one of our top priorities, we will implement measures to build a safe and comfortable work environment, including improving the safety of facilities and working conditions and ensuring compliance with basic safety rules, and will mitigate risks based on risk assessments. We will also provide education to improve employees' knowledge and skills about health management, such as factory line training for management and self-care education for all employees, and promote measures to improve workplace environments based on stress check results.

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Policy on OHS

The Toshiba Group OHS Management Policy was established in April 2004 in response to the declaration of commitment to OHS by the top management with a goal of all employees sharing the commitment.

The Toshiba Group OHS Management Policy

In our business conduct, we place the highest priority on human life, safety and legal compliance, and we make concerted efforts throughout our operations to create safe and healthful workplace environments.

  1. We position OHS as one of the most important issues for management, and strive to prevent occupational injury and disease in the workplace and achieve continual improvement in OHS management.
  2. We comply with legally mandated requirements as well as with other standards that relate to the Toshiba Group's OHS code.
  3. We set objectives and targets and act decisively to achieve the:
    • (1) Eradication of occupational accidents and disease in the workplace, and the mitigation of risks that may cause such accidents and disease;
    • (2) Maintenance and promotion of physical and mental health in order to enable all employees to bring their individual capabilities into full play
  4. We expect and support our suppliers and subcontractors to engage in to promote OHS in order to ensure the safety and health of everyone involved in Toshiba Group's business.
  5. We proactively disclose our commitment to OHS and the results we achieve, in order to contribute to improve the standards of OHS management in the society.

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Promotion of OHS

The chart below shows the framework for the management of OHS across the Toshiba Group. Under the central guidance of the Human Resources and Administration Division, OHS activities fall within the management jurisdiction of each of key Group companies and are developed at the level of operational sites (or individual Group companies). Statutory activities at each site (or Group company) include the appointment of dedicated OHS staff and the establishment of an OHS committee. Many sites and Group companies go beyond this to set up other autonomous OHS activities, such as specialist or workplace committees, which cater to the work process and the risk factors.

In order to laterally share information between Toshiba and Toshiba Group companies, we hold the Toshiba Group Health and Safety Supervisor Meeting. The Health and Safety Supervisors at Group companies and operational sites meet once a year, and report on matters such as the occurrence of work-related accidents and goals that are to be promoted across the Group, as well as efforts to high priority issues and the activities undertaken at each site.

We also hold Central OHS Committee meetings to discuss issues and exchange views with the labor union and to improve the level of OHS management from the perspective of employees.

Toshiba Group OHS Management Structure

Toshiba Group OHS Management Structure (as of October 2017)

Toshiba's heritage of OHS activities

The history of Toshiba's OHS activities goes back to the days of Toshiba's predecessor, Tokyo Electric. In 1914, Toshibumi Gamo, then chief of general affairs, witnessed a tragic electrocution accident, and thereafter dedicated his life to safety-related activities. He became a central figure in Japan's safety movement, setting up the Association for Prioritization of Safety (Anzen Daiichi Kyokai) with Kakichi Uchida and others in 1917. The green cross that is used on safety flags in Japan is said to originally be designed by Gamo, and have been used as a symbol in the National Safety Week.

Toshiba Group has inherited this DNA and placed the top priority to employees' OHS. Thanks to the efforts made over the years, Toshiba Group's domestic occupational accident incidence (accident frequency rate) has remained below the average for the manufacturing industry in Japan.

Toshibumi GamoToshibumi Gamo

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OHS Management System

In FY2007, Toshiba Group introduced OHSAS 18001*, an international certification standard for labor safety and health management system to its OHS management system and all manufacturing subsidiaries in Japan (54 Toshiba Group manufacturing companies) and major manufacturing subsidiaries overseas have been certified by external auditors. This visible OHS management system enables us to identify and assess OHS issues and make continuous improvements to reduce risks in accordance with legal compliance.

Since even before the introduction of this system, Toshiba Group has been striving to improve safety management through steady efforts of its organizations and individual employees in their daily activities. Among such efforts, small workplace groups undertake a variety of activities on an ongoing basis. These activities include workplace improvement programs, education and training for increasing risk sensitivity and activities to check whether appropriate practices are being carried out. By combining safety management based on employee networks with the OHSAS 18001-based management system, Toshiba Group will improve further its global safety management.

  • *OHSAS 18001: OHS Assessment Series

OHSAS18001 Certificate of RegistrationOHSAS18001 Certificate of Registration

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Raising Awareness and Education on OHS

Message from Top Management to All Employees for National OHS Weeks

Every year, during National Safety Week in July and Occupational Health Week in October, the top management of Toshiba sends a message to all employees to share his unshakable determination to ensure OHS. Similarly, the top management at all business sites and all Group companies sends messages to all their employees and leads their own OHS initiatives.

Toshiba Group OHS Congress

First held in 1975, Toshiba Group OHS Congress is held every December for the purpose of raising the level of OHS activities and generating greater awareness about OHS management. The main participants are management from Toshiba and Group companies, labor union representatives, and people in charge of OHS activities in Japan and the President's Award for Excellence is conferred to companies and operation sites that set an example for others for excellent OHS-related activities, as well as to small-group activity programs and improvement proposals. Since FY2008, the Congress has been integrated with the CSR Conference. Now the Congress is held globally and recognizes the efforts in OHS management made by overseas Group companies.

Award ceremony at Toshiba Group OHS Congress
Award ceremony at Toshiba Group OHS Congress

Education on OHS

Toshiba Group endeavors to enhance our employees' understanding and skills in OHS. On top of the education required by the Industrial Safety and Health Act, we enforce education programs for employees who are newly appointed to OHS-related posts, and employees in mid-level , or practical training programs devised by each operational site.

In FY2017, we held training for Toshiba Group employees in charge of implementing OHS activities twice in April, with 160 people taking part. The training was also provided for employees newly taking charge of activities in September, with 36 people participating.

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Occurrence of Occupational Accidents

The frequency of occupational accidents of Toshiba Group in Japan is much lower than the national average for the manufacturing industry. We will continue to implement further measures to prevent occupational accidents. In particular, we will place priority on the reduction of hazardous risks that could lead to serious injuries and diseases and conduct a risk assessment of all workplaces and tasks. Based on the results of this risk assessment, we will identify current and potential risks, review work methods, and will systematically take necessary measures to reduce and eliminate such risks as well as to improve facility and provide thorough training for employees.

Frequency of Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate at Toshiba Group in Japan

Frequency of Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate at Toshiba Group in Japan

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Ensuring Health Management

Toshiba Group strives to raise employees' awareness of the importance of health and takes various measures to maintain their physical and mental health from both a high-risk approach* and population approach*.

High-risk approach: A method of health management that focuses on people at high risk of disease
Population approach: A method of health management that focuses on the whole group rather than a specific group to lower the exposure to risk
Toshiba Group’s key health management measures
  Mental health measures Lifestyle-related disease measures Other
  • Return-to-work program support
  • Strengthen ties between workplace, personnel and industrial healthcare profession
  • Anti-suicide measures
  • Brain and cardiovascular disease countermeasures (work classification determination by regular medical checkup data level)
  • Prevent diabetes becoming severe
  • Strengthen health management of employees on overseas assignment
  • Line care education
  • Self-care education
  • Stress checks
  • Targets for improvement and support for lifestyle improvement
  • Health education for each age group
Measures to comply with regulations and prevent overwork
Toshiba Group health management standards Safety obligation

Regular Medical Checkup System

Toshiba Group operates its own system of regular medical checkups, which form the basis of employees' health management and the integrated management of information, including follow-up measures.

Employees can access the system over the intranet in order to complete questionnaires, change schedule for medical checkups / follow-up consultation, or view the results of medical checkups and stress tests. Industrial physicians and healthcare staff utilize this system when presenting changes in the results of medical checkups and risks related to lifestyle habits, such as diet, alcohol, smoking, exercise and mental health, using charts and graphs in an easy-to-understand manner and provide health guidance and education during the consultation.

Industrial physicians and healthcare staff have constant access to medical checkup data and use them to formulate necessary health management programs as part of a population approach based on comparison between one’s workplace and the company-wide average.

Method for Prevention of Brain, Heart and Lifestyle-Related Diseases

As a high-risk approach to preventing lifestyle-related diseases, Toshiba Group has provided priority support to employees at high risk of developing brain and heart diseases, such as work management and health guidance, according to work classification determination by regular medical checkup data level, shared across all Group companies since FY2011. We also run a program to prevent diabetes becoming severe in collaboration with Toshiba Health Insurance Association. The effect of these initiatives has started to emerge with a decrease in the percentage of deaths caused by brain and heart disease while still at work and in the proportion of people with limitations on the work they can do.

As a population approach, we have set target values for improving lifestyle habits and have been undertaking measures such as anti-smoking measures, improvements to canteen menu and providing opportunity to exercise, since FY2013. We introduced a health-related education program for each age group in FY2014 and supported employees to maintain their health according to their stage of life. As a result, numerous lifestyle indices, including levels of smoking and walking, are improving. There are still a number of areas where we missed our target, however, and these remain issues we need to address going forward. We plan to revise these indices and targets so as to implement more effective measures that we will monitor in a PDCA cycle.

Mental Health Care

Toshiba was one of the first Japanese companies to address the issue of employees' mental health and have developed an advanced, comprehensive system of care to support our employees' work and daily life. In the future, we will enhance our programs based on the population approach in addition to the high-risk approach while encouraging each individual to consciously maintain their physical and mental well-being.

  1. Workplace Care

    Employees are encouraged to pay attention to their co-workers and talk to them in order to detect any unusual signs that imply poor health through opportunities that include education and messages from the top management. This practice has become the norm in the workplace.
    In order to raise health and safety awareness at each workplace, we have been promoting communication by holding periodic informal CSR workplace meetings.

  2. Self-care

    Self-care e-learning materialSelf-care e-learning material

    A special magazine "Kenpo Information" published by Toshiba's health insurance association is one of the tools to promote awareness and education about mental health.

  3. Return-to-work Support Program

    In 2003, Toshiba became one of the first companies in Japan to introduce a return-to-work support program. It was revised in 2011 to facilitate employees to smoothly return to work after a lengthy absence due to mental health problems. Industrial physicians and occupational healthcare staffs coordinate with the employee's doctor, workplace members and family to devise proposals for appropriate returning date, working place and contents.

  4. Management Education

    Example of material for the management seminarExample of material for the management seminar

    Since 1977 that started the training of "listeners", Toshiba has implemented mental health education for managerial ranks in response to the trend of times. At present, each site of Toshiba offers health-related self-care education programs to employees as well as courses for managers. An in-house training center provides optional management seminars on mental health-related topics.

  5. On-site Health-related Consultation System

    Industrial physicians and occupational healthcare staffs Toshiba respond to onsite health-related inquiries and coordinate with workplace, households and medical institutions as required. They also respond to inquiries from workplaces as well as from individuals.

  6. Outside Helpline for Mental and Physical Health

    Toshiba was one of the first companies in Japan to introduce an outside Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in 2000. Even now, we provide counseling for both mental and physical health issues by external specialists in conjunction with its in-house health insurance association. The contact ensures privacy of the individuals seeking help. Employee family members can also avail of the helpline.

  7. Stress Check

    Toshiba Group started to conduct stress checks under the guidance of the main office department in FY2016. As a result of timely follow-ups, we achieve a response rate for Toshiba Group that is higher than the national average. We have been implementing stress checks throughout the Group since FY2018, making them mandatory at workplaces with fewer than 50 people.

Health management for employees working excessive overtime

Toshiba Group has been working to prevent health problems caused by overtime work since before the revision to the Industrial Safety and Health Law in 2006 by setting standards that exceed legal requirements; for example, employees who work 80 hours overtime per month are required to receive health guidance from industrial physician (Interview Guidance for Employees Working Excessive Overtime). At the same time, our first principle is to transition to a working style in which employees are not expected to do overtime.

Overseas Medical Service Visits

Toshiba Group has a specialized division in Japan to support the health management of employees who work overseas. In addition to medical checkups prior to the posting and upon return in accordance with the law, we have made it compulsory to provide a checkups once a year while away, including for the employee’s family. We are taking steps to ensure our overseas transferees receive the same level of health management support as our employees in Japan based on the results of each individual's medical checkups.
The services include providing employees and their family members consultation and information on local medical institutions, arranging emergency transport in line with each county's medical care system. Especially for those employees and their families who are located in parts of the world with inadequate medical care, we arrange periodic visits of industrial health specialists. The medical teams have been dispatched to countries and regions around the world, including Mexico, China, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and some parts of Europe.

Infectious Disease Countermeasures

Based on information released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning outbreaks of infectious diseases in foreign countries and their transmission, the Legal Affairs Division compiles the latest information on the matter and distributes it to the subsidiaries in the affected countries via the related divisions of Group companies in order to alert the employees on such risks.

Toshiba Group in Japan also provide orientation to employees assigned to work overseas and their accompanying families, on medical, safety, infectious diseases measurements and other lifestyle-related issues pertaining to the relevant country. Once the overseas assignment is confirmed, an orientation is held, including prior medical checkups and courses of vaccination.

New recruits in Japan are provided with booklets also containing information about HIV AIDS. Other awareness-raising programs also cover topics such as the prevention of HIV infection and the prohibition of unfair discrimination due to insufficient knowledge about the disease.

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OHS Management in the Supply Chain

Toshiba Group promotes its procurement activities in accordance with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Code of Conduct. We also ask our suppliers to respect basic human rights and to realize safe and clean workplace environments during their business activities.

We explain and request all our suppliers to comply with the Toshiba Group Procurement Policy which includes consideration for human rights, labor, OHS in their operations.

Toshiba Group Procurement Policy

CSR Management in the Supply Chain

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