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.
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 of "Safety Is Our First Priority."
In FY2016, to achieve the target of zero lost work-time incidents throughout the Group, as stated in the Mid-term Plan, Kubota promoted initiatives focusing on equipment safety improvement, work safety improvement, and the development of Safety-Aware Employees as its pillars. For equipment safety improvement, Kubota implemented capital investment and various measures in accordance with the Equipment Safety Improvement Guidelines, placing particular emphasis on the prevention of entrapment and entanglement in machinery. For work safety improvement, Kubota formulated the Guidelines for Preparation of Work Standardization, in which key points for ensuring work safety are established and presented, thereby promoting the visualization of safety actions. For developing Safety-Aware Employees, Kubota formulated the Guidelines for the Implementation of Safety and Health Education and Training for New Employees, and advanced the standardization of the methods of education, training and evaluation of new employees.
At the same time, Kubota has started restructuring its safety and health management system based on the three pillars of equipment safety improvement, work safety improvement, and the development of Safety-Aware Employees. The goal of this initiative is to establish a management system that facilitates the implementation of the PDCA cycle across the entire Group, including overseas companies, by preparing Kubota's standards and guidelines that are consistent with international standards.
"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."
In FY2016, the initiatives below were implemented with regard to the priority issues. Initiatives involving overseas bases have been increasing year by year.
Kubota has clearly set the targets below for FY2017, and is promoting companywide efforts to create safe workplaces.
1) results in death, 2) may cause serious disability (disability grade 7 or above), or 3) kills/injures or affects three or more people at a time.
1) contact with high-temperature objects, 2) contact with heavy objects, 3) entrapment or entanglement in machinery,
4) falling from high places, 5) contact with forklifts or vehicles, 6) falling from or contact with agricultural/construction machinery,
7) electrocution, 8) flying and falling objects, 9) acute poisoning by harmful substances, or 10) fire or explosions.
In FY2016, Kubota revised its Equipment Safety Improvement Guidelines, which define the categories of serious accident risks, and added the risk of "falling from or contact with agricultural/construction machinery vehicles." At the same time, Kubota implemented capital investment and various measures, placing particular emphasis on the prevention of entrapment and entanglement in machinery.
In order to deploy the safety measures based on the Equipment Safety Improvement Guidelines at overseas manufacturing subsidiaries, Kubota set up a model site (subsidiary) in each of the Southeast Asia, China, Europe, and North America regions in July 2016 to start initiatives in each area.
Industrial accidents that occurred during FY2016 showed the following tendencies: 1) many accidents occurred due to lack of knowledge of work-related dangers and how to avoid them; 2) new employees with little work experience account for a large proportion of those involved in accidents; and 3) KY (risk prediction) activities before work start are not sufficient. Based on these results, Kubota formulated the basic guidelines for the preparation of work standards and the implementation of education/training and KY activities. In accordance with these guidelines, education and training were provided and KY activities were implemented to establish a foundation for an environment in which employees can work, paying attention to any change.
In July, the Kubota Group Safety and Health Convention was held, in which leading practices of other companies were presented. Good practices within the Kubota Group, including overseas manufacturing subsidiaries, were also presented, such as measures to reduce the risk of contact with forklifts, education using a danger simulation video prepared independently by a business site, and KY activities. The aim of these presentations was to have these good practices shared throughout the Group.
In the year ending December 2017, Kubota plans to provide education programs focusing particularly on mechanical safety for staff members in safety and health, manufacturing engineering, and manufacturing, based on "the Equipment Safety Improvement Guidelines" and "the Equipment Safety Improvement and Design Guidelines."
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.
|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|
|SIAM KUBOTA Corporation Co., Ltd.||Certification acquired in Jan.-Feb. 2014|
|SIAM KUBOTA Metal Technology Co., Ltd.||Certification acquired in Dec. 2014|
|KUBOTA Engine（Thailand） Co., Ltd.||Certification acquired in Jul. 2015|
|Kubota Materials Canada Corporation||Certification acquired in Aug. 2012|
|Kubota Baumaschinen GmbH||Certification acquired in Jul. 2014|
|Kubota Farm Machinery Europe S.A.S||Certification acquired in Feb. 2017|