Fundamental Approach

The AGC Group has established the AGC Group Basic Occupational Health & Safety Policy and continuously implements measures to enhance health and safety levels in accordance with a “No Production without Safety” policy and based on an occupational health and safety management system.
In communications with our employees and business partners around the world, the president and CEO emphasizes our basic conviction that business activities must be premised on safety.

Fundamental Approach

Management System

In accordance with a management policy that is based on its “Look Beyond” vision, the AGC Group has established the AGC Group EHSQ Management Regulations with the aim of enhancing social trust, customer satisfaction, and employee satisfaction through rigorous management of environmental health, safety, and quality (EHSQ) in all business activities.
Based on the aforementioned regulations, the AGC Group has established the AGC Group Basic Occupational Health & Safety Policy, which comprises detailed stipulations on how occupational health and safety management must be implemented globally. In addition, the Group regularly holds reviews attended by the president and CEO to confirm that EHSQ management is aligned with the strategic direction of the organization.

Presenting Our Health and Safety Management Activities (Part 1)

Through the application of the AGC Group Basic Occupational Health & Safety Policy and the implementation of a plan–do–check–act cycle, we continuously improve workplace environments. In particular, we conduct risk assessments with a view to reducing significant risks. Meanwhile, we strive to eliminate serious occupational accidents by raising safety awareness through experiential danger-awareness training that incorporates virtual reality technology, and through a system that actively praises organizations and individuals for outstanding safety activities.

Increasing Safety Training Materials and Promoting Their Use

In ensuring workplace safety, improvement of the risk sensitivity and safety awareness of employees and business partners is essential. With this in mind, we have established a hazard simulation facility in the AGC Yokohama Technical Center’s training center, and we are developing and deploying safety training materials.

Increasing Safety Training Materials and Promoting Their Use
Increasing Safety Training Materials and Promoting Their Use

Presenting Our Health and Safety Management Activities (Part 2)

To foster a culture of workplace safety, we ask a specialized third-party organization to diagnose our organization so that we can identify its weak points and give priority to rectifying them.
In addition, AGC and Niigata University have begun an industry–academia collaboration to improve safety management at manufacturing sites. Based on the belief that accident prevention at corporate manufacturing sites requires not only individual efforts but also the establishment of an accident prevention system, Niigata University is conducting research on methods of diagnosing safety culture* and the utilization of findings to improve organizations. Recognizing the importance of this research for our goal of creating safe manufacturing sites, in June 2020 we concluded a joint research agreement with Associate Professor Akira Tose of Niigata University (Engineering Management Program, Department of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering / Social Systems Engineering, Advanced Materials Science and Technology, Graduate School of Science and Technology). Furthermore, we have adopted safety culture diagnosis as a means of monitoring our safety culture. The AGC Group begun this diagnosis by targeting 6,000 employees at 21 of its bases in Japan and Asia. Since then, we have expanded the scope of the program to cover 30,000 employees at 49 bases, and we are advancing improvement activities based on the results.

This is a safety culture diagnostic method, which a team centered on Professor Kenichi Takano of the Graduate School of System Design and Management, Keio University (currently executive advisor, SDM Research Institute, Graduate School of System Design and Management, Keio University), and Associate Professor Akira Tose of Niigata University’s Faculty of Engineering began developing from 2009 with the aim of evaluating and making visible the safety culture of large-scale plant facilities, mainly in the petrochemical industry. Questionnaires that are based on an eight-axis model of safety culture and that target employees at manufacturing sites are conducted. The results are compared with industry averages, and the strengths and weaknesses of each manufacturing site are comprehensively analyzed with a view to improving the safety culture. In this collaborative activity, Niigata University conducts the questionnaires from an independent standpoint, surveying the actual status of the safety culture at manufacturing sites while protecting the anonymity of the respondents. Based on the results of the questionnaires and analysis, AGC is conducting initiatives to improve its safety culture.