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Health and Safety

Promoting a safer workplace

Kubota formulated its Basic Policies on Safety and Health in April 2013 for the purpose of creating a safer and more secure workplace. Based on these policies, Kubota is enforcing the ethic whereby all people involved in the business, including contractor employees, behave based on the philosophy that “Safety is Our First Priority.”
In September 2014, three specific instructions to ensure the “Safety is Our First Priority” philosophy were announced by the President.
In FY2017, to achieve the target of zero accident with lost workdays throughout the Group, as stated in the Mid-term Plan, Kubota promoted initiatives focusing on the Developing Safety-Aware Employees, promoting inherently safe equipment, and promoting safe operations as its pillars.
For developing Safety-Aware Employees, Kubota clearly indicated “how to teach safe operations” in the Guidelines for the Implementation of Safety and Health Education and Training for New Employees, and advanced initiatives to enable employees to work safely.
Moreover, Kubota also started an equipment safety education program to develop human resources who are capable of promoting “promoting inherently safe equipment”, targeting mainly engineers in charge of equipment design, production engineering and manufacturing.
For promoting inherently safe equipment, Kubota implemented capital investment and various measures in accordance with Safety control Guidelines for assessment and promotion of inherently safe equipment, placing particular emphasis on the prevention of entrapment and entanglement by machines.
For promoting safe operations, with the aim of preventing accidents, Kubota formulated the Outwork Safety and Health Management Guidelines in view of the trends in occurrence of accidents, specifying the matters to be ensured in outwork, the location and operations of which vary each time.

At the same time, Kubota has established a safety and health management system based on the three pillars of promoting inherently safe equipment, promoting safe operations, and the Developing Safety-Aware Employees, thereby facilitating the implementation of the PDCA cycle across the entire Group, including overseas companies, by preparing standards and guidelines that are consistent with international standards.


The Kubota Group Basic Policies on Safety and Health

“In the Kubota Group, no work should be carried out
without serious consideration of safety and health.”
To achieve this, we established the fundamental principle that all the people involved in the business shall behave based on the philosophy that “Safety is Our First Priority.”


Safety is Our First Priority

  • All the people involved in the business of the Kubota Group shall observe the determined rules and behave based on the philosophy “Safety is Our First Priority,” to protect themselves from accidents.
  • Management executives shall operate the business keeping in mind the philosophy “Safety is Our First Priority,” respect and listen to the voices of frontline worksites, and be reminded that “the worksite is a mirror that reflects yourself.”
  • Management-level employees shall identify any risk that may lead to a serious incident and take faithful action to address such risk, while endeavoring to create a corporate culture that allows straightforward talk about safety and to develop human resources that support safety.

Initiatives implemented for priority issues of FY2017

In FY2017, the initiatives below were implemented with regard to priority issues. Initiatives involving overseas bases have been increasing year by year.

  1. Communicating “how to teach safe operations” (for all Group companies in Japan)
    Clearly indicated “how to teach safe operations” in the Guidelines for the Implementation of Safety and Health Education and Training for New Employees, to clarify the specific method of teaching work operations and checking/evaluating the degree of proficiency, so as to enable each employee to receive easy-to-understand instructions about his/her duties and to understand the procedures for avoiding risks and the reason that such procedures should be followed, before starting work.
  2. Enhancing “equipment safety education” for engineers (for all Group companies in Japan)
    Started the “equipment safety education” program to develop human resources who are capable of promoting “promoting inherently safe equipment”, targeting mainly engineers in charge of equipment design, production engineering and manufacturing.
  3. Implementing preventive measures accidents in outwork operations (for all Group companies in Japan)
    Formulated the Outwork Safety and Health Management Guidelines, specifying the matters to be ensured in stages from planning to the end of outwork, the location and operations of which vary each time, with the aim of preventing accidents.
  4. Disseminating the Safety Control Guidelines for assessment and promotion of inherently safe equipment to domestic affiliated companies and overseas manufacturing subsidiaries (nine Group companies in Japan and 15 overseas Group companies)
    Promoted equipment safety improvement at domestic affiliates in accordance with the Safety Control Guidelines for assessment and promotion of inherently safe equipment, placing emphasis on equipment that may cause entrapment and entanglement by machines.
    For group manufacturing companies out of Japan, started the promoting inherently safe equipment at four model sites and started preparation for implementation at 12 other sites.

The Kubota Group Safety and Health Target for FY2018

Kubota has clearly set the target below for FY2018, and is promoting Company-wide efforts to create safe workplaces.


Target: Zero Class-A incidents

Class-A incident refers to:

1) contact with a high heat object, etc., 2) contact with a heavy load, etc., 3) entrapment and entanglement by machines, 4) fall from heights, 5) contact and the like with forklift / vehicle, 6) falling from or contact with agricultural/construction machinery, 7) electric shock, 8) hit by a flying / falling object, 9) acute poisoning by harmful substances, or 10) fire or explosions


[Priority implementation issues]

Business site and plant departments
  1. Promoting inherently safe equipment
  2. Promoting safe operations
  3. Developing Safety-Aware Employees
  4. Promoting sanitary management
  5. Operating the Kubota Group health and safety management system
  6. Taking action for group manufacturing companies out of Japan

Construction departments
  1. Developing Safety-Aware Employees
  2. Promoting safe operations
  3. Promoting inherently safe equipment
  4. Promoting sanitary management
  5. Promoting environmental management

Kubota Group’s Mid-term Plan (FY2018 to FY2022) target and major tasks

Kubota sets a target for the period up to FY2022 as the final year, and will mainly address the tasks below.


Target: Zero Class-A incidents

Class-A incident refers to:

1) contact with a high heat object, etc., 2) contact with a heavy load, etc., 3) entrapment and entanglement by machines, 4) fall from heights, 5) contact and the like with forklift / vehicle, 6) falling from or contact with agricultural/construction machinery, 7) electric shock, 8) hit by a flying / falling object, 9) acute poisoning by harmful substances, or 10) fires or explosions


  1. Promoting inherently safe equipment
    1. Apply the “risk assessment for machinery” to all new equipment.
    2. Complete measures for existing equipment to achieve the target levels determined in the Safety Control Guidelines for assessment and promotion of inherently safe equipment.
    3. Work to prevent the recurrence of equipment abnormality.
  2. Promoting safe operations
    1. Review the Work Risk Assessment, and based on the results of the assessment, formulate work instruction sheet in which a description of content of risk and the risk aversion procedures are provided.
  3. Enhancing personnel development to support safety (the Kubota Group Safety-Aware Employee Development)
    1. Promote activities to enable all employees to follow the “basic daily cycle” described in the Basic Guidelines for Safety-Aware Employees as a habit.
  4. Maintaining and improving a safe and healthy working environment
    1. Accumulate improvement examples at model dusty workplaces before deployment to other offices and workplaces.

Basic Guidelines for Safety-Aware Employees

Basic Guidelines for Safety-Aware Employees

Promoting the “promoting inherently safe equipment”

In FY2017, Kubota held briefing sessions on revisions to its Safety Control Guidelines for assessment and promotion of inherently safe equipment, which define the categories of serious accident risks, including the newly added risk of “falling from or contact with agricultural/construction machinery vehicles.” At the same time, Kubota continued to implement capital investment and various measures, placing emphasis on the prevention of entrapment and entanglement by machines.
As to the deployment of the safety measures based on the Safety Control Guidelines for assessment and promotion of inherently safe equipment at group manufacturing companies out of Japan, Kubota advanced from the activities at a model site (subsidiary) in each of the Southeast Asia, China, Europe, and North America regions to the stage of starting the activities at all the other sites.



Lost Time Incident Rate (Kubota Corporation)

Lost Time Incident Rate (Kubota Corporation)

Severity Injury rate (Kubota Corporation)

Severity Injury rate (Kubota Corporation)

Promoting the Kubota Group Safety-Aware Employee Development (personnel development)


Among the Class-A incidents that occurred during FY2017, accidents during irregular process (for troubleshooting and maintenance) and accidents involving new employees with little work experience accounted for a large proportion. In FY2018, therefore, Kubota will promote initiatives to ensure observation of work rules (stop, call for help, and wait in the case of any abnormalities), as well as the top-down initiatives to instill the Basic Guidelines for Safety-Aware Employees.


The Kubota Group Safety and Health Convention (July 18, 2017)

In July, the Kubota Group Safety and Health Convention was held at the Sakai Plant. The Convention comprised two sessions. The first session served as an opportunity to help raise the safety and health standards of the entire Group, where the personnel in charge of safety and health at each business site learned on site the initiatives taken by the particularly safety-aware workplaces of the Sakai Plant and the method of providing education at the Safety Dojo, and shared good practices within the Company. The second session served as an opportunity to help foster the corporate culture based on the “Safety is Our First Priority” philosophy, where the participants listened to a lecture on the theme of the role that each one should play in establishing a safety culture by Masao Mukaidono, professor emeritus of Meiji University, who is a leading expert in the field of safety science.
In October, the Safety and Health/the Environmental Manager Conference in Asia, targeting the Group companies in the Asia region, was held jointly with the Environmental Protection Department, where discussions were held on initiatives to reduce accidents involving new employees and initiatives to raise the safety awareness of employees.

Safety and health education implementation status in FY2017

Safety and health education is provided for each rank, including for new employees (education at the time of employment).


Manufacturing departments

Name of education program No. of
times
held
Total
participants
Education for new employees 6 360
Elementary (for young employees) 5 130
Intermediate (for mid-career employees) 2 50
Training for newly appointed supervisors 2 45
Training for newly appointed foremen 1 20
Education for foremen, etc.
(supervisors or lead persons)
2 25

Other than manufacturing departments

Name of education program No. of
times
held
Total
participants
Education for new employees 2 160
Education at the time of appointment of safety managers 2 30
Safety and health education for midcareer entrants at the time of employment 12 110
Equipment safety education 3 45
Training for newly promoted managers 1 140
Training for newly appointed section managers 3 60
Training for newly appointed department managers 1 20
Education for officers(*) 1 28
  • Figures for the total number of participants are rounded to the nearest five, except in the case of “education for officers.”

Sites with occupational health and safety management system certification (OHSAS 18001)

To ensure safety for employees and provide them with a workplace environment that allows them to feel safe concentrating on their duties, Kubota has acquired OHSAS 18001 certification for its business sites below, while establishing an occupational health and safety management system focusing mainly on risk assessment for other sites


In Japan

Tsukuba Plant Certification acquired in
Dec. 2000
Keiyo Plant Certification acquired in
Dec. 2002
Ichikawa Plant Certification acquired in
Dec. 2002
Hanshin Plant
(Mukogawa)
Certification acquired in
Nov. 2003
Hanshin Plant
(Amagasaki)
Certification acquired in
Apr. 2005
Hirakata Plant Certification acquired in
Jun. 2007

Overseas

SIAM KUBOTA Metal Technology Co., Ltd. Certification acquired in
Aug. 2012
Kubota Materials Canada Corporation Certification acquired in
Jan.-Feb. 2014
KUBOTA Engine(Thailand) Co., Ltd. Certification acquired in
Jul. 2014
SIAM KUBOTA Corporation Co., Ltd. Certification acquired in
Dec. 2014
Kubota Baumaschinen GmbH Certification acquired in
Jul. 2015
Kubota Farm Machinery Europe S.A.S Certification acquired in
Feb. 2017

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