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Health and Safety

Customer satisfaction cannot be accomplished without employee satisfaction. The Kubota Group promotes the creation of comfortable and motivated workplaces where its employees can not only work safely and securely but also feel pride and joy in their work.
In accordance with the Kubota Group Charter for Action & Code of Conduct, which is our global standard for conduct, we carry out audits and interviews at overseas bases with a clear understanding of the circumstances of each country and region, in order to raise the level of employee-related policies across the entire Group.


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.
The Kubota Group’s Mid-term Plan (FY2018 to FY2022) has put forth a variety of strategies to achieve a goal of zero Class-A incidents,* with initiatives promoting inherently safe equipment; promoting safe operations; enhancing personnel development to support safety; and maintaining and improving a safe and healthy working environment as its pillars.

  • *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

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.

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

[Major tasks]


  1. Promoting inherently safe equipment
    1. Apply the risk assessment for machine safety 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 risk assessment for work operations, and based on the results of the assessment, formulate work instruction sheets 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

Initiatives Implemented for Priority Issues of FY2018

In FY2018, the initiatives below were implemented with regard to priority issues.

  1. Achievement of Level II for existing equipment and Level III for new equipment (8 domestic Group companies and 16 overseas Group companies)
    We have started activities to draft and fulfill a 5-year implementation plan by which all existing equipment that has not achieved Level II will be brought up to Level II, based on the Safety Control Guidelines for assessment and promotion of inherently safe equipment, which categorizes equipment into degrees of safety from Levels I to IV. We have commenced operations so that new equipment will be Level III at the time of its introduction, based on the risk assessment for machine safety that was revised in FY2017.
  2. Initiative to prevent recurrence of equipment abnormalities (all domestic Group companies)
    We have constructed a culture where, when equipment abnormalities occur, workers are able to stop the equipment as a matter of course. We have also promoted the prevention of such abnormalities from recurring through their visualization, and we have begun activities intended to eradicate incidents that result from not stopping equipment when abnormalities occur.
  3. Promotion of risk assessments of work operation activities (all domestic Group companies)
    Through our promotion of risk assessment of work operation activities that place an emphasis on the risks linked to Class-A incidents, we have been able to advance equipment strategies. We have also advanced the creation of work standards sheets that show that describing the details of a risk provides a reason for compliance with procedures as well as detailing the procedures for avoiding risk so that we can prevent the incidents that result from residual risk. We have also held guidance seminars where employees can receive instruction from external consultants who have observed the actual work on our manufacturing floors so that we can improve our risk identification capabilities linked to Class-A incidents.
  4. Initiatives to instill the Basic Guidelines for Safety-Aware Employees (all domestic Group companies)
    We have undertaken educational activities via the serial publication of messages from the management in our company newsletters, so that it will become a habit for all of our employees to always abide by the Basic Guidelines for Safety-Aware Employees, and that habituation will help achieve our organizational culture.
  5. Education on how to teach safe operations (all domestic Group companies)
    As part of our rank-based education initiatives, we have established a defined way of how to teach safe operations that clearly describes specific approaches to work-related teaching and methods for confirming and assessing degrees of proficiency. With this, workers can receive easy-tounderstand guidance regarding the work they are in charge of, allowing them to perform their work more safely once they learn methods to avoid risks and the rationale behind why they need to abide by those methods.
  6. Maintaining and improving a safe and healthy working environment (all domestic Group companies)
    We have designated model workplaces for particulate reduction strategies, where we have conducted source testing for accumulated particulates and implemented strategies for reducing those particulates. As we build up accomplishments in these model workplaces, we are expanding the results to other offices and workplaces.

The Kubota Group Safety and Health Target for FY2019

Kubota has clearly set the target below for FY2019, and is promoting Company-wide efforts to create safe workplaces.


Target: Zero Class-A incidents

[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 outside 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

Raising Awareness of Safety, the Environment, and Quality


In October, we cosponsored with our Environmental Protection Department the Chinese Region Conference for Managers of Safety, Health and Environmental Issues geared towards our Group companies in the Chinese region. Safety, Health, and Environmental Supervisors from Japan from our mother plant (the Sakai Plant), as well as the Hirakata Plant and the Tsukuba Plant, took part in the conference to convey policies and share issues, and executive staff from the various regional companies gathered to discuss these topics.


Safety, Environment, and Quality Forum (November 20, 2018)

In November, Kubota held a Safety, Environment, and Quality Forum. Noboru Furusawa delivered a lecture entitled “Safety, the environment and quality are the basis of corporate activity: That’s what management is all about” based on his starting of the Supporting Safety and Developing Human Resources organization after his time at Toyota Motor Corporation as the Supervising Director of the Safety and Health Promotion Division. He offered the following wisdom, including, “If you start with safety and continue to make improvements, difficult work will become more easy to perform, and quality will improve,” and, “The production line can also be something simple, and from an environmental perspective it can be linked to a reduction in energy consumption,” as well as “people who continually work towards improvement and workplace formation are important.”


Lost Time Incident Rate/Severity Injury Rate

Lost Time Incident Rate (Kubota Corporation)

Severity Injury rate (Kubota Corporation)

Severity Injury rate (Kubota Corporation)

Safety and Health Education Implementation Status in FY2018

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 6 305
Elementary (for young employees) 6 155
Semi-intermediate
(for mid-career employees)
2 45
Intermediate (for mid-career employees) 2 40
Training for newly appointed supervisors 4 70
Training for newly appointed foremen 1 10
Education for foremen, etc.
(supervisors or lead persons)
2 40

Other than manufacturing departments

Name of education program No. of
times
held
Total
participants
Education for new employees 2 145
Education at the time of appointment of safety managers 2 20
Safety and health education for midcareer entrants at the time of employment 12 120
Equipment safety education 12 200
Training for newly promoted managers 1 130
Training for newly appointed section managers 4 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
Transitioned to ISO 45001 certification in Nov. 2018
Ichikawa Plant Certification acquired in
Dec. 2002
Transitioned to ISO 45001 certification in Nov. 2018
Hanshin Plant
(Mukogawa)
Certification acquired in
Nov. 2003
Hanshin Plant
(Amagasaki)
Certification acquired in
Apr. 2005
Hirakata Plant Certification acquired in
Jun. 2007

Overseas

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

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