Daihatsu believes that securing the safety and health of its employees is of the utmost importance, and this forms the foundation for its corporate activities.
The company seeks to ensure that none of the three elements that comprise safety and health—namely, people, things, and management—is lacking; to this end, it promotes “developing human resources with high safety consciousness and knowledge ,” “safety measures for facilities and materials,” and “careful safety management,” with the goal of zero accidents at its work sites.
Daihatsu also believes that the physical and mental health of its employees is extremely important, to enable them to work with energy and enthusiasm.
Consequently, the company carries out a range of support initiatives, including health checks, lifestyle guidance, health consultations, mental health training, and return-to-work programs.
Through such initiatives, Daihatsu encourages all its employees to work on managing their own health.
As part of its efforts to create work environments that promote health, the company is additionally engaged in wide-ranging measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. These include educational activities for its employees, creating work environments that minimize infections, and collaborating with public health centers.
Daihatsu has established “Organization for Safety and Health Management” according to internal rules, and carries out proper safety management and administration based on managers of various ranks.
The company also promotes the establishment of an occupational safety and health management system, with the goal of continually improving the level of its safety and health management.
Under this management system, Daihatsu ensures it complies with national laws and regulations as well as internal rules; it seeks to improve work safety through regular internal audits and risk assessments of dangerous work.
Daihatsu’s risk assessments fall into two categories: assessments of new facilities and processes; and assessments of existing facilities and work methods. In both these categories, the company investigates danger and hazard, and seeks to reduce risks.
A number of Daihatsu work sites have already implemented the above management systems and, in December 2008, they received Occupational Safety and Health Management System certification from TOYOYA SAFETY AND HEALTH MANAGEMENT Co., Ltd.
Daihatsu has established internal rules regarding the safety and health education of new recruits, employees being promoted to managerial or supervisory positions, and employees engaged in work judged to be danger and hazard .
Daihatsu independently identifies some work processes as Malfunction Correction Requiring Special Permission, even if it is not defined as high-risk under the Industrial Safety and Health Act; for such work processes, the company has established a Designated Work System that only allows certified employees who have completed the relevant training to carry out such work.
Daihatsu carries out activities that promote the three pillars of intrinsic safety*, primarily focused on its production sites, which are thought to be at high risk of accidents.
These activities comprise part of the company’s long-term safety and health initiatives, and their content is updated and expanded on an annual basis.
*Intrinsic safety measures seek to secure safety by eliminating risk at the source—such as materials and facilities risks—and by mitigating the potential harm caused by accidents.
Daihatsu carries out activities aimed at eliminating various abnormalities from its production lines.
To this end, it visualizes conditions leading to these abnormalities so that it can identify their fundamental causes, then implements measures that target the sources of the abnormalities themselves.
Daihatsu works to prevent accidents resulting from contact between its employees and work vehicles.
Forklifts are particularly prone to causing serious accidents. Consequently, the company is in the process of switching from forklift transportation to safer transportation methods, ensuring forklifts do not operate near areas in which people are working, and establishing walkway where people can walk safely.
In order to develop human resources who abide by rules, all Daihatsu employees take part in Safety Dojos that have been established throughout the company; employees receive training at these dojos, then takes tests—they are certified “Safety Persons” if they pass the test.
After receiving Safety Person certification, employees continue to receive training every year to renew their certification.
In addition, Safety Dojos and company work sites are home to “Risk experience corners,” where employees can learn about various risks, such as getting caught in equipment, and receiving electric shocks.
Daihatsu not only works to prevent work accidents involving its own employees, it also seeks to prevent accidents involving the employees of partner companies. This includes workers constructing buildings or carrying out repairs on Daihatsu grounds, and workers conducting cleaning and maintenance on Daihatsu facilities.
Daihatsu has drawn up special safety regulations for construction work that takes place in its grounds, in which workers are particularly at risk of accidents liable to cause serious injuries, such as fires or falls from high places. In these cases, Daihatsu demands that partner companies incorporate safety measures based on risk assessments from the planning stage of any construction work.
In addition, Daihatsu organizes safety patrol teams comprising construction planning staff and partner company employees; these teams undertake inspection patrols, and work to prevent construction accidents.
In compliance with the Industrial Safety and Health Act, Daihatsu conducts health checks for all its employees once a year as part of its health management initiatives; the company also conducts follow-up based on the results of these examination
In addition, Daihatsu provides consultation-based guidance to employees working long hours, and provides special medical examination for employees who deal with harmful substances such as organic solvents.
Daihatsu conducts regular health checks for its employees during their months of birth. In addition to the check items stipulated by the Industrial Safety and Health Act, Daihatsu also carries out a variety of further screenings and inspections for cancer and other ailments. These include fecal occult blood tests （screening colon cancer), ABC tests (screening stomach cancer), sputum tests (screening lung cancer) PSA tests (screening prostate cancer)in the prostate, and echo tests in the neck and abdomen regions.
Female employees additionally undergo screening for breast and uterine cancer.
Starting at the age of 36, Daihatsu conducts ““occasional medical examination” for its employees every four years. In the morning, they undergo health checks; in the afternoon, they receive dietary and exercise training with the aim of preventing lifestyle-related diseases.
Based on the results of the morning health checks, employees also take same-day health guidance and consultations on the same day.
Based on its Light you up slogan, Daihatsu promotes health and productivity management that encourages each of its employees to shine, through the combined efforts of its management and labor unions.
Daihatsu implements a range of initiatives both to combat metabolic syndrome and to encourage health in old age; as part of its measures to promote voluntary and independent health management and dietary education among its employees, the company is building employee cafeteria
Light you up Healthy cafeteria are employee cafeterias that meet various certification criteria based on the smart meal system advocated by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. The goal of the cafeterias is to promote employee health through dietary education. They provide healthy menus through the collaboration of labor and management, food service businesses, human resources departments, and safety and health departments of each business site.
1. Nutritional information labels, and other visualizations
2 Color-coding for staple dishes, main dishes, and side dishes
3. Provision and promotion of nutritionally balanced menus
4. Implementation of “low-salt days”
5. Active implementation of health promotion measures
Since fiscal 1988, Daihatsu has provided mental health training for employees in managerial and supervisory positions.
The training seeks to improve careful listening, assertiveness*, and other communication skills, with the goal of ensuring that as few company employees as possible develop mental health issues.
In fiscal 2010, Daihatsu distributed Mental Health Self-Care Manuals to all its employees. The company also provides self-care training to new recruits.
*Assertiveness is the quality of communicating what you want to communicate in an effective manner. It is a communication skill that helps establish positive human relationships.
Mental health consultations carried out by occupational health nurses are attended not only by the consultee. They also carry out activities involving the consultee’s superiors and safety and health managers.
As a result of mental health education and training for employees in supervisory positions, the number of superiors and safety and health managers undergoing consultations is increasing.
Mental health consultations contribute to improved self-care and early detection and treatment of issues, and thereby help prevent any mental health issues from worsening.
The consultations also help reassure employees that there is someone who will listen to them if the need should arise.
Since fiscal 2010, Daihatsu has operated return-to-work (RTW) support programs, with the goal of ensuring that employees do not suffer from a recurrence of mental health issues after returning to work.
Based on consultations with industrial physicians, where necessary returning employees can work shorter working hours, and be granted restrictions on work and employment; in this way, the company seeks to ensure a smooth return to work.
In order to create safe and healthy workplaces, Daihatsu implements company-wide measures aiming at preventing the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, influenza, and tuberculosis.
The Daihatsu Group seeks to maintain clean work environments that restrict the spread of infectious diseases, through education activities highlighting the importance of hand-washing, gargling, and other hygiene fundamentals. It also seeks to ensure the “Three Cs” are avoided to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Workplace), human resources departments, and safety and health (care) departments work together to provide a rapid initial response in the case of infection.
Where necessary, worksites also share information frequently with local public health centers.
For employees who have been infected, clinical psychologists, nurses, and occupational health nurses carry out follow-up consultations via telephone and other means, in order to reduce any mental strain they may be experiencing.