SUSTAINABILITY Occupational Health and Safety (Security and Safety Services)

Basic concept

“Ensuring the well-being of employees” is one of the Air Water Group’s Materiality. We believe that ensuring safety is a fundamental priority for any corporate activity, and that a company cannot survive and thrive without the safety and security of its employees. Based on this idea, our Group is striving for occupational safety, traffic safety, occupational health, and safety and disaster prevention in accordance with our Safety and Health Basic Policy.

Safety and Health Basic Policy

  1. We aim to achieve zero work-related accidents, and advance comprehensive and systematic safety measures.
  2. We ensure the safety and health of our employees, as well as create a comfortable work environment and realize the well-being of our workers.
  3. We comply with all related laws and operating procedures, and create workplaces with clear lines of responsibility concerning occupational safety, traffic safety, and occupational health, as well as safety and disaster prevention.

Our safety and health structure is available on the website.
Ensuring a Safe and Secure Work Environment (Commitment to Employees)

KPI: Lost time injury frequency rate

Based on the identified Materiality, we have set the frequency rate of lost time injuries (during operations* ) for the entire Group as a KPI. We are working to improve workplace health and safety with the goal of reducing this figure to 0.9 or less by FY2024.

Our Group is involved in a number of industries through its diversified business portfolio. According to Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare statistics for FY2022, the frequency rate for the manufacturing industry (100 or more workers) is 1.31. Under the same condition, our Group’s rate would be 1.32.

* An index of the number of deaths and injuries due to work-related accidents per one million total working hours.

Initiatives to reduce workplace accidents

The business that our Group develops is “related-type diversification” originating from industrial gases. Because industrial gases are required to provide a stable supply to society, ensuring safety management systems such as security and disaster prevention is extremely important to fulfill corporate responsibility through business continuity. Furthermore, ensuring worker safety in the workplace and creating a comfortable work environment are prerequisites for human capital management. Accordingly, our Group regards occupational health and safety in all our businesses as a critical management issue, and is promoting initiatives to reduce occupational accidents.

In FY2022, we focused on “pinched or caught in machinery,” “falls,” and “falls from height” and thoroughly enforced the three safety principles (eliminate, isolate, and shut down hazardous sources) set to reduce risks associated with machinery and equipment. For “falls” and “pinched or caught in machinery”, which had a high probability of occurrence in the previous fiscal year, we set June and December as periods for reinforcing activities to eliminate them. Using a check sheet to check the status of implementation of occupational injury prevention measures, we identified and reduced risks such as aisles and work stations where falls are possible.

Also, we held in-house training for key persons in charge of health and safety at each business site to educate them on specific methods to reduce occupational accidents, such as risk assessment methods and documentation of work procedures. For new employees, we provide experiential education through the use of VR and small hands-on equipment to improve their sensitivity to danger. As for group companies that had experienced serious accidents, we regularly inspect accident sites and conduct risk assessments to prevent recurrence.

Kosuke Komura

Executive Officer, General Manager of CSR Center