Disaster Prevention Activities
Disaster Prevention Activities
Protecting Local Communities and Employees from Disasters
In order to prevent accidents and disasters such as explosions, fires, and leaks/spills of hazardous substances, we adhere strictly to disaster prevention management standards, and we are committed to preventative action/recurrence prevention including earthquake/tsunami countermeasures.
Corporate Code of Conduct
Respect human life and give due consideration to safety and health concerns
The Teijin Group has respect for human life and strives to maintain people's safety and health at all stages of its business activities.
System to Promote Disaster Prevention Management
The Teijin Group is engaged in disaster prevention management and has established group-wide Disaster Prevention Guidelines. For each fiscal year, we design plans based on these guidelines relating to preventative measures such as disaster prevention assessment, fire prevention and earthquake countermeasures as well as disaster prevention training, drills and upgrading of fire prevention equipment.
Business groups manage the implementation status and achievements of these disaster prevention activities, and they give guidance to improve any areas of non-compliance. The results of this are then audited by the Chief Social Responsibility Officer at the end of each fiscal year.
Activities Aimed at Realizing Zero Serious Accidents
To achieve our aim of zero “serious accidents,” which we have defined as including explosions, fires and external leakage/spills of hazardous substances, we are working to enhance disaster prevention management.
In FY2014, working to maintain zero serious accidents, we continued efforts to prevent explosions, fires and leakage of chemical substances. Information regarding accident causes and countermeasures involving fires caused by explosions at other company’s chemical plants in Japan were shared among our factories, and in order to prevent similar accidents from happening, inspections were carried out at all companies. In line with the safety and accident prevention guidelines of the Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA), we also implemented measures such as inspections and improvements, and disaster prevention education/training.
Activities such as these enabled us to achieve zero serious accidents. In the future, with the objective of maintaining zero serious accidents, we will strive to further enhance our accident prevention management level.
Trends in the Number of Serious Accidents and Disasters
Implementing Disaster Prevention Assessments
The Teijin Group has been conducting disaster prevention assessments since 1980 and mini disaster prevention assessments since 2008 in line with our own independent standards.
In disaster prevention assessments, safety is assessed every five years by experts in manufacturing, facilities and environment, safety and health at a total of 19 plants in Japan and internationally. These are plants where large amounts of high-pressure gases or hazardous substances are handled. Assessments were conducted at three plants in FY2014. Additionally, from FY2013, we began carrying out disaster prevention assessments including facility seismic diagnosis and measures, and in FY2014 we conducted this at three targeted factories.
Mini disaster prevention assessments mainly examine fire prevention, focusing on locations where there may be a risk of small-scale fires, such as near boilers and places where hazardous materials and combustibles are stored (19 factories). These assessments were implemented in seven factories in FY2014.
Trends in the Number of Disaster-prevention-assessed Plants
Activities of the Specialist Disaster Prevention Team
The Teijin Group has set-up a team consisting of current and former employees and external experts who have vast knowledge and experience in disaster prevention. This team, known as the Teijin Group Chemical Accident Preventions Specialist Team (TCAP), provides technical support for voluntary disaster prevention activities at our chemical plants and in-house power generation plants.
In FY2014, the team provided guidance to the division responsible for implementing disaster prevention assessments and supported accident-prevention measures being put into practice at each factory by such guidance as mini disaster prevention assessments, the prevention of electrical fires, and other accident-prevention activities on the front lines.
Fire Prevention Activities
Since 2008, November 10 has been the Teijin Group Fire Prevention Day. On this day, each Group company conducts its own fire prevention activities as well as common activities for the whole Teijin Group such as the periodical fire prevention check. These activities are shared group-wide, helping to strengthen the fire prevention system.
Measures for Compliance with the Law for Promotion of Building Earthquake-Resistance Reinforcement
In order to minimize damage caused by a large-scale earthquake, we are systematically continuing with earthquake-resistance measures for buildings. Of 61 buildings specified under the Promotion of Building Earthquake-resistance Reinforcement Law in 1995, we have already completed earthquake-resistance reinforcement or removal of all 38 buildings which were found to be non-compliant. We are now continuing with measures for the 19 buildings that were found not to comply with a 2006 revision of the Promotion of Building Earthquake-resistance Reinforcement Law and we completed earthquake-resistance measures for 17 buildings by the end of FY2014. We plan to complete measures for the remaining two buildings in FY2016.