Approach to Materiality in Occupational Health and Safety
Advantest sees the assurance of safety and the preservation of the health of our employees as a major prerequisite in executing our business activities, and it recognizes the need to continually raise awareness.
|Supervising division||General Affairs Department|
|KPI||Occurrence rate of occupational accidents (frequency)|
|Results achieved in fiscal 2018||0.3|
|Relevant policies||Advantest Group Occupational Health and Safety Policy|
|Relevant commitments||Continuation of "Aiming for Zero Serious Accidents Activity," which is an independent target|
|Responsible department/division||Activities are executed at each site and the Health and Safety Committee aims to promote those activities.|
|Relevant complaint processing policy||Operation of the Health and Safety Committee and establishment of the Health Management Office|
Advantest Group Health and Safety Policy
Advantest Group recognizes that Health and Safety (H&S) is one of the important aspects of our business operations. This policy is set forth to ensure every Advantest employee’s Health and Safety.
- Health and Safety First
We will make H&S as the first priority for employees in all Advantest operations groups.
- Compliance with Laws and Regulations
Aim to achieve compliance with legal requirements through good occupational health and safety performance.
- Regular Review of Health and Safety Compliance
To support this policy, we will provide employees with an annual activity plan which will address every business location's H&S regulations through management support.
- Education and Training
Ensure that employees receive appropriate training, and are competent to carry out their designated responsibilities.
- Disclosure of Health and Safety
To raise awareness, we will announce our H&S information to all employees publicly.
At Advantest, every year we convene the "Health and Safety Committee Meeting" which decides the health and safety direction and policy for the whole group. The approach to health and safety is based on the main activity themes decided on at this meeting, upon which the health and safety committees at each location set their annual targets and plans.
We also regularly hold health and safety committee secretariat meetings throughout the company, and strengthen each location's health and safety activities through this sharing of information about relevant activities.
Members of the company-wide Health and Safety Committee is made up of the heads for the Health and Safety Committees at each business location while the members of the Health and Safety Committees at each business location is composed mostly of representatives of both the company and union employed at the business location.
Organization of Health and Safety Management (Japan)
Implementation of Occupational Health and Safety Activities
In fiscal 2018, we started enhancing education to raise safety awareness. We have prepared educational content for employees who have finished certain special education and foreman education courses, as well as safety textbooks summarizing precautions for each task for employees who are working in the factories for the first time, and distributed them to domestic research and development sites and factories. In addition, in Advantest Korea Co., Ltd., an Occupational Safety and Health Management System has been implemented, and it has obtained the ISO 45001 certification.
In fiscal 2019, we will continue to promote education in order to enhance operational safety. In addition, we will promote safety enlightenment by creating and displaying accident case examples in domestic factories with frequent accidents. Furthermore, we will also share information and hold global meetings in Japan with personnel in overseas affiliates who are in charge of safety and health, with the aim of improving health and safety levels.
Occupational accident rate in Japan (frequency rate*) Third-party assurance
*Number of injuries or deaths due to labor accidents per one million of actual total working hours
*Scope of data: Advantest Group (non-consolidated)
*FY2018 figures are assured by KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co., Ltd.
There have been no fatalities in operations in the last five years.
In addition, the rate of occupational accidents (frequency) was 0.3 at affiliate companies worldwide in fiscal 2018.
*Figures marked with the symbol are assured by KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co., Ltd.
Occupational Health and Safety Education
The Advantest Group regularly conducts occupational health and safety education and strives to build a safe workplace where everyone can work with peace of mind by preventing occupational accidents before they happen and raising awareness about occupational health and safety.
|Education category||Target employees||Number of trainees (Total)||Hours of education|
|General education||Managers, General employees||2,328||1,174|
|Specialized education (Including overseas)||Managers, General employees||2,998||4,367|
Promotion of Health and Productivity Management
At Advantest, we consider the health management of employees from a managerial standpoint. We proactively work on the maintenance and improvement of employees' health and promote environmental development, in collaboration with the Advantest Health Insurance Society (collaborative health). We aim to become certified as a Health and Productivity Management Organization (White 500), while working toward increasing the vitality and improving the productivity of employees.
At Advantest we believe that vigorous employees make for a vigorous workplace. Accordingly, our Health Promotion Office supports efforts to ensure both the mental and physical health of our employees, so that we can provide a safe and comfortable workplace environment for them. We introduced stress check in fiscal 2012 before they became required by law because we consider preventative measures as the key to our mental health activities. By quantifying stress (thus making it visible), we promote stress awareness among all employees, which is useful for self-care.
The fiscal 2018 stress check drew an 86.4% response rate. 10% of the employees with the highest diagnosed stress levels were invited to attend health consultations (and 8.2% did). We have also incorporated e-learning to reinforce self-care with a 89% participation rate.
We conducted training aimed at improving workplace environments by utilizing the results of organizational analysis for all managers, which achieved an attendance of 86.4%. In the training, we created the "Workplace Environment Improvement Plan," while sharing the activities of other departments with each other. In particular, for high stress workplaces, we work on improving stress levels by reconfirming the organization analysis results and following up on the implementation situation to create a workplace that mitigates the occurrence of mental health disorders.
We have also formulated recovery plans with industrial doctors from the latest reports as well as provide support for employees to return to the workplace after taking a break so they can take time off without worry even if their mental state worsens due to a variety of stress. In addition, an eight-step process has been set up so that employees can take leave and return to work even if their mental health has deteriorated due to various stresses.
Specifically, support for returning to work includes the formulation of a return plan through interviews with occupational physicians based on recent reports, and follow-up interviews after returning to work.
By doing this, we will take measures to avoid overstressing people and the workplace.
At Advantest's Health Management Office, a comprehensive range of health professionals (including occupational health physicians, clinical psychologists, public health nurses, nurses, and industrial counselors) provide counseling services for physical and mental problems of all kinds. Applications for counseling can be submitted easily by telephone or e-mail, or via the company's intranet. In fiscal 2018, counseling services were provided on 947 occasions.
Health Check-ups and Health Guidance
Advantest provides regular health check-ups to maintain and improve the health of employees in addition to regular physicals through subsidies from the health insurance society. We provide health check-ups once or twice each year both in domestic and overseas bases, with an examination rate of 90% or higher.
In fiscal 2018, we achieved a 100% examination rate for domestic employees. In addition, we have provided health guidance, email support, staff, and consultation with industrial physician as well as other medical measures for the main purpose of improving lifestyle diseases for 97% of the 71% of Group employees who were diagnosed throughout Japan. Part of our measures include promoting projects that allow employees who do not have the habit of exercising to start doing so easily, including organizing yoga trial lessons during lunchtime.
*The rate for the health guidance implementation is as of April 19, 2019.