S: Managing occupational health and safety to global standards


  • Managing occupational health and safety to global standards
    (Mentally and physically safe and healthy working environments for all stakeholders)

Relevant stakeholders

Direct: Employees
Indirect: Local communities, shareholders and investors, creditors, industry groups

Our policy

Under the direction of senior executives, we implement the necessary measures based on risk assessments of our corporate activities and promote Group-wide occupational health and safety management, with labor and management working together to operate a system based on Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS Guidelines) developed by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. In addition to current work and facilities, we also conduct risk assessments for changes in their conditions and implement safety measures based on the results.
We believe that it is our responsibility to all our stakeholders to give safety our top priority, and ensure safety in all of our corporate activities.
Furthermore, the Group seeks the happiness and job satisfaction of our employees, and is committed to a health management policy of providing a healthy work environment and protecting their mental and physical health to support their performance growth.

2023 Occupational Health and Safety Policies

Safety: Build a true culture of safety at sites by fusing top-down and bottom-up approaches through leadership teams and small group activities
Disaster preparedness: Work on fire prevention efforts with all employees participating, and improve preparation and training for fires and natural disasters
Health: Ensure healthy labor conditions and good mental and physical health so that employees can achieve more while feeling positive and motivated

Occupational health and safety management system certification (2022)

Total number of manufacturing bases: 16 sites
OSHMS: 4 sites in Japan
JISHA Good Safety Company: 4 sites in Japan
ISO 45001:2 sites in Malaysia and Taiwan
China Work Safety Standardization certification: 4 sites in China


FY2023 Zero lost-time accidents (as well as non-lost-time accidents)
Work to assess occupational health and safety conditions in the workplace based on frequency and severity rates of lost-time and non-lost-time accidents, details of fire outbreaks, and other data, to improve the work environment and reduce risks.

Responsible executive (as of April 2023)

Corporate Officer and Vice President of Quality Assurance, Environment & Safety Headquarters

Action promotion system (as of April 2023)

At the joint labor-management Company-wide Safety and Health Meeting, annual policies, targets, and plans for occupational health and safety are decided and plan progress is evaluated and improved. The results are reported to the Sustainability Committee.
The Environment & Safety Division is responsible for promoting the occupational health and safety of employees, and reports on important issues at the Company-wide Safety and Health Meeting chaired by the Corporate Officer and Vice President of Quality Assurance, Environment & Safety Headquarters, and at the Executive Committee.

Action promotion system

Health management promotion system

We promote health management as a company as a whole through a group-wide collaboration system centered on the quality, environment and safety management and corporate management, as well as personnel in charge of each site and experts in industrial hygiene and health.

Health management promotion system

Grievance mechanism

  • Reporting hotline (whistle-blowing system): For executives, employees and suppliers
  • Customer Relations Department: For customers (consumers) and local communities
  • Online inquiry form: For customers (consumers), shareholders and investors, and NGOs
  • Labor-Management Council Meetings: For employees

Main resources for promoting activities (2022)

  • Qualified safety assessors*: 359 people in Japan
    •  * Staff in charge of sharing information with headquarters and promoting initiatives: Located at main manufacturing bases in Japan
  • Safety education and training facilities: 7 sites
  • Fire prevention inspectors: 442 people in Japan
  • Health managers: 21 people in Japan
  • Industrial physicians: 15 people in Japan
  •  * Employees possessing the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate machinery safety, and the overall ability to judge suitability.

Creating safe workplaces

We are working from the perspectives of equipment, personnel, and management structure development to create safe workplaces at all business sites.
For equipment, we promote safety by conducting hazard risk assessments, managing hazards through elimination, containment or interlock based on equipment safety standards, and providing personal protective equipment and ergonomic work environments.
In terms of personnel, we strive to reduce risks in order to eliminate accidents caused by human error, and improve and maintain awareness to change human behavior. Along with visualizing the residual risks that remain after improving equipment safety, we extensively manage them by indicating high residual risks, implementing operation standards, employing stop-call-wait, point-and-call and hazard prediction activities, and holding voluntary small-group activities for improvement. At manufacturing sites where employees with diverse backgrounds work, we make announcements in multiple languages and use illustrations and color-coded warning signs.
In the development of management structures, we are expanding occupational health and safety management systems, including ISO 45001, OSHMS, and GSC. We have compiled the Industrial Accident Response Manual for guiding prompt and adequate responses to prevent damage from spreading when labor-related accidents occur, with the aim of protecting employee safety and company credibility, and keeping personal and physical losses to a minimum. The manual stipulates specific steps for handling labor-related accidents, including the necessary risk management systems and procedures in normal times, as well as actions for employees to take and what to do in emergencies.
In Japan, a monthly meeting is held (currently online) between the Environment & Health Department and staff in charge of safety and disaster management at all sites. The meetings allow each site to share information on and horizontally deploy measures to prevent and mitigate disasters, thus preventing similar incidents from occurring at other sites.
We also strive to manage the health and safety of non-regular workers through steps such as distributing an on-site safety training text for those working at manufacturing sites in Japan under measures and methods managed by the Group.

2022 Safety performance

Lost-time accident frequency rate at manufacturing bases (number of lost-time accidents per million hours worked)

Japan: 0.27 (0.17 in 2021)
Outside Japan: 0.43 (0.00 in 2021)

  • Note: Rubber product manufacturing industry average in Japan is 0.45.
Boundary, period, and calculation method for safety and disaster preparedness data
FY2022 safety performance: Lost-time accident frequency rate at manufacturing bases (number of lost-time accidents per million hours worked)
Boundary Japan: 7 sites
Toyo Tire Corporation (Sendai Plant, Kuwana Plant, Hyogo Manufacturing Complex), Fukushima Rubber Co., Ltd., Toyo Soflan Co., Ltd., Ayabe Toyo Rubber Co., Ltd., Orient Machinery Co., Ltd.
Americas: 2 sites
Europe: 1 site
Asia (excluding Japan): 5 sites
Period From January to December of that year
Calculation method For bases in Japan, calculated based on the number of work-related accidents resulting in at least one day off from work or physical disability with lost body part or function. Outside Japan, calculated based on the number of reported cases according to statutory standards in each country.

Improving our safety training program

Each Toyo Tire Group base conducts training following a level-specific safety education system. We are focusing on improving our hazard prediction (known as kiken yochi, or KY, in Japanese) training and hands-on learning. We have thus set up Safety KY Training Halls at seven business sites (as of 2022) where employees are taught the importance of working according to rules through hands-on experience of the dangers of equipment, using machines for educational purposes.
We additionally use data on past accidents and near misses at each base to analyze accident trends, and use the findings to improve and enhance the effectiveness of safety measures and educational programs. For safe handling and management of chemical substances, we distribute safety data sheets (SDS) for raw materials to concerned bases and conduct training at each base. We are also improving the education of employees authorized to perform non-routine hazardous tasks with high risk of accident, as well as educating safety assessors and training qualified personnel at equipment planning and design departments and plant equipment management departments. At the end of 2022 there were 359 certified employees.

Promoting health management

The Toyo Tire Group views the management of employee health from a business perspective and supports the idea of strategic health management.

Toyo Tire Group’s Commitment to Health

The Toyo Tire Group is committed to maintaining the physical health and mental well-being of every employee as a necessary condition to realizing our Philosophy.
Being a company where employees work in a healthy environment is to ensure that we continue to reliably provide value to wider society.

Takashi Shimizu
Representative Director, President & CEO
Toyo Tire Corporation

We have been focusing on greater prevention of mental health issues, which are the main cause of long-term absences.
For example, as part of work engagement efforts and building the basic foundation for health management, in Japan we provide mental health care seminars for all employees, from managers and supervisors to general staff, as well as e-learning for mental health. To better understand employee health issues and investigate necessary measures, we have also been conducting stress checks at all business sites in Japan even before it became required by Japan’s Industrial Safety and Health Act. Over 90% of employees undergo a check each year, and we are analyzing the collective results to help improve working environments.
As a specific measure to promote mental and physical health in our employees, we are offering an employee assistance program and promoting early detection and counseling through individual guidance and consultation in cooperation with industrial health staff. Through this measure, we aim to reduce long-term absences.
To support a smooth return for employees after a long-term absence, we are reviewing our return-to-work support measures so that we can provide the right assistance for each case according to the employee’s physical and mental condition.
At the end of 2021, we set specific targets for reducing our number of smokers. From January 2022, we designated the 22nd of every month as a non-smoking day, and from January 2023, we set a weekly non-smoking day to provide further opportunities for behavioral change in our employees.

We are also working on the following as part of our efforts to improve internal communications.

  • We conduct employee opinion surveys to bring out the opinions of employees, identify issues for organizational management, formulate and implement action plans at every organizational layer – department, division, and headquarters, and thereafter monitor their progress company-wide. (Survey conducted every two years)
  • Since 2020, we have been taking stock of work tasks and streamlining operations to promote an organizational structure that does not require overtime throughout the company. (Company-wide overtime work hours decreased from 2019 level)
  • For employees posted overseas, we conduct pre-assignment training to raise awareness of workplace safety measures and provide cross-cultural communication and required language training for interacting with local supervisors and subordinates, as well as conduct post-assignment health checkups. We also provide the necessary training for employees on overseas business trips based on the above.

To cope with infectious or contagious diseases in a way that mitigates damage, protects the safety of employees, and minimizes the occurrence of risks, our Group Infectious and Contagious Disease Response Manual stipulates the necessary crisis management system and procedures in normal times, as well as actions for employees to take and what to do in emergencies.
Finally, heat stroke while on the job has emerged as a new occupational health and safety risk in recent years, and we take measures to control the climate in workplaces, as well as strongly encourage employees to hydrate regularly. Our special subsidiary Showa Estate Co., Ltd. has taken steps to both prevent infection and heat stroke, such as by introducing a uniform that dries quickly and feels cool against the skin to reduce the stress of employees while cleaning outdoors, where they are more susceptible to high temperatures.

The Group participates in joint research activities with other companies and conducts health management initiatives throughout the year. We share the outcomes of these activities with other companies, including those working on initiatives other than health management, in order to help expand the reach of health management promotion activities.

Key measures, KPIs and performance

We created a health management strategy map, identified the management issues that we need to address through health management, and have been working on various measures.

Mental health measures

We provide support to employees returning to work from leaves due to mental conditions, which accounts for over 60% of company leaves. At the same time, we are also working to improve our stress check analysis to ensure that we implement effective measures to prevent further cases from developing.

• KPIs and performance (Improve on the previous fiscal year)

  2020 2021 2022
Employee absence rate 0.72 0.78 0.68
  • (Total for the entire Group in Japan. Calculated by the number of absent days divided by the total number of work days)

• Programs

  1. (1) Stress check (FY2022)
    •   - Test rate: 96.6%
    •   - High stress rate: 9.0% for engineering and administrative staff, 19.5% for production staff
  2. (2) Organizational reform initiatives based on stress check group analysis results
    •   - Mental health seminars for health promoters (organized by department responsible for health management promotion)
    •   - Mental health seminars at sites (organized by health promoters at sites)
    •   - Appointment of an outside counselling service
    •   - Active intervention at Group companies with high rates of absenteeism
  3. (3) Introduction of presenteeism metrics

Smoking measures

On the occasion of the full enforcement of the revised Health Promotion Act of Japan in April 1, 2020, we closed down indoor smoking areas and enforced other measures to stop smoking. Together with stepping up our efforts against smoking and taking measures to combat secondhand smoke, we are also working to foster a work environment that accounts for health hazards.

• KPIs and performance (Target: Smoking rate of 20% or less by 2025)


2020 2021 2022
Smoking rate 41.5 40.6 38.8

(Data collected from company employees aged 40 or over, in accordance with the Health and Productivity Management Survey)

• Programs

  1. (1) Non-smoking day: Gradually reduce opportunities to smoke and foster a work environment that discourages smoking
    •   - 2022: Set the 22nd of each month as a non-smoking day
    •   - 2023: Set one day each week as a non-smoking day
    •   - 2024: Total ban on smoking during work hours, closed down smoking areas
  2. (2) Stop smoking support program (in collaboration with the Health Insurance Association)
    •   - Provide a “quit smoking program” (aids to stop smoking, stop-smoking clinics, etc.)
  3. (3) High-risk approach
    •   - Provide health guidance to smokers through counselling

Lifestyle-related disease measures

With the increase in remote work opportunities, we have seen a downward trend in the practice of healthy habits* by individuals. We are therefore enhancing measures aimed at improving lifestyle habits. Here, we focus on proper weight maintenance rate, which is affected by all lifestyle habits. (* See “Breslow’s seven health habits” for more details on the practice of healthy habits)

• KPIs and performance(Target: A two-point improvement from the previous fiscal year)


2020 2021 2022
Proper weight maintenance rate 62.6 64.6 64.1
  • (Data collected from company employees aged 40 or over, in accordance with the Health and Productivity Management Survey)

• Programs

  1. (1) High-risk approach
    •   - Recommend to see a doctor or face-to-face guidance by industrial physicians or public health staff based on the results of health checkups
  2. (2) Population approach
    •   - Step up number of seminars on diet (including alcohol consumption), exercise and sleep

Other achievements

Creating disaster-resistant workplaces

We have improved our Group fire prevention management, and used the experiences gained through the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and other major disasters to strengthen our initiatives for disaster preparedness and mitigation.
Each base engages in activities such as practical firefighting training and no-scenario earthquake drills, which are being held repeatedly to improve their effectiveness and increase participation. Firefighting training is conducted for hazardous materials in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 600 standard. In Japan we have held fire prevention inspector training since 2018, and 442 employees have participated as of 2022. Thanks to these continued efforts, there were zero major fires reported in 2022, and 25% fewer minor fires compared to 2020.
In regions outside of Japan, we are also engaging in measures and disaster preparedness drills according to the disaster risks of each area.

2022 Disaster prevention drills

Japan: 19 sites (4,625 total participants)
US: 1 site (266 total participants)
Asia (excluding Japan) and Oceania: 4 sites (1,216 total participants)

Boundary, period, and calculation method for safety and disaster preparedness data
FY2022 disaster preparedness performance: Disaster preparedness drills
Boundary Toyo Tire Corporation and Group companies (consolidated subsidiaries)
* For details, see Editorial Policy.
Period From January to December of that year
Calculation method Actual number

Cases of labor standards violations

There were no cases of labor standards violations in 2022.