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The purpose of the Panasonic Group's Occupational Safety and Health Management activities is to promote the achievement of a comfortable, safe workplace, which will contribute to the welfare of our employees and the development of our business. In addition, it is also required to give consideration to the safety and health of those working on premises.
In order to maintain and continuously improve our occupational safety and health, all manufacturing locations and major affiliates have implemented the Occupational Safety and Health Management System, which is based on the international OHSAS 18001 standard.
The OHSAS 180001 standard defines the roles and responsibilities of safe and healthy activities, while promoting them systematically through continuous improvement and regular inspections. We have implemented this system in all production sites of Panasonic Corporation and its major affiliates in Japan, and are implementing similar initiatives in places outside of Japan to raise safety and health standards globally.
We have also continued to support our Occupational Health and Safety Committee, consisting of members from both labor and management at each business location to investigate and discuss health and safety management issues that affect all employees. The Occupational Health and Safety Council was also established for contractors working on-site, and to ensure compliance with health and safety policies and disseminate information, among other activities.
In order to raise the standards of our overseas safety and health activities above or at least to the same level as those in Japan, we have introduced our "Overseas Safety and Health Assessment," which exists to identify specific trends in overseas countries, as well as areas for improvement in our safety and health management processes outside Japan.
In emerging markets such as China, Malaysia, Thailand,and others, our accident rate is increasing due to the increase in overseas production. In fiscal 2012, we suffered serious incidents in Thailand and China related to the use of machine presses. As a result, we took serious measures to prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future across the Panasonic Group. In addition to awareness raising, training, and information sharing, we revised the safety equipment and working procedures for pressing machines, and we took similar preventative measures with other injuries in the workplace caused by conveyers and processing machines.
Source:"All industry average" and "Electric, machinery and manufacturing industry average" figures were from the website of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan.
Note: Total time-lost of victims due to labor accidents
Note: Proportion of time-lost per 1,000 hours of total working hours
Based on the basic management philosophy of respecting people, Panasonic Corporation is committed to creating safe and healthy Workplaces, both physically and mentally, through appropriate and careful attention and consistent effort.
October 1, 2008
Panasonic Corporation President
Panasonic believes that, armed with the proper knowledge, HIV/AIDS can be prevented and unnecessary confusion and worry avoided in the work place. Thus, Panasonic has undertaken to educate all its employees about HIV/AIDS as the cornerstone of its initiatives in this area. We are also taking steps to protect the human rights of employees with HIV/AIDS with the following four rules:
Panasonic established the following consultants to address the topic of preventing or dealing with mental or physical stress.
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