Mazda is promoting Company-wide health improvement activities to maintain and enhance the health of Company employees emphasizing on reduction of health risks by conducting health checkups, and recognizing as priority issues on mental health measures, lifestyle improvements, aging countermeasures and health maintenance support overseas. Similar activities are promoted and supported at domestic Group companies.
In addition to legally prescribed health checkups for all employees, Mazda carries out comprehensive medical checkups covering a variety of areas for employees when they reach the ages of 30 and 35, and when they pass the age of 40. Furthermore, Starting in FY March 2013 the Company has conducted complete physical checkups, including gastroscopy and abdominal ultrasonography, for employees when they reach the ages of 54 and 58. Based on the results of these health checkups, the Company also promotes health by offering personal guidance and health education by Company doctors and nurses in order to protect employees' health.
Health Checkup Data (FY March 2013)
- Percentage of employees receiving health checkups
- : 100%
- Number of comprehensive medical checkups (ages 30, 35, 40 or more)
(Breast cancer and uterine cancer examinations are available upon request.)
- : 11,560
- Number of general regular medical checkups (excluding the above)
- : 17,092
- Number of specific medical checkups
- : 2,000
- Number of overseas medical checkups
- : 376
- Number of people receiving personal guidance on the basis of health checkup results (including specific health guidance)
In 2003, Mazda declared its commitment to active cooperation between labor and management to promote employees' mental health in the Warm Heart Declaration. In addition, the Mazda Warm Heart Plan was formulated and is being implemented on an ongoing basis.
- A consultation by Company doctors and nurses
- Seminars for managers, and other employees
- Stress diagnoses known as "vitality checkups" to assess the conditions of individuals and the organization
- Support for employees who have taken time off to get back to work
- Labor and management cooperated to establish the Mental Health Project and construct a Company-wide support system (2007)
- Mazda has introduced occupational stress diagnoses known as "vitality checkups" for all employees to reveal individual and organization-level risks. Based on the results of these diagnoses, each division takes initiatives in promoting workplace improvements (Implemented annually since 2008)
- Mental health training for managers is conducted on an ongoing basis. An "Advanced Course" involving applications of the basic training implemented in 2008 has been launched in 2009 (74 participants in FY March 2013)
- Self-care seminar targeting third-year employees (Implemented annually since 2010) (114 participants in FY March 2013)
- Mental health training on demand of the workplace (265 participants in FY March 2012)
- Support for employees working in the affected areas by the Great East Japan Earthquake: a wide variety of support provided, including health support using physical condition check sheets and interviews via the Internet, and the distribution of first-aid kits to dealers (2011)
- Mazda distributes copies of "Genki Tsushin," a healthcare bulletin that provides employees with useful hints on self care, to help them live a healthy and lively life (Published once a month since November 2012)
Mazda has set a target of reducing the percentage of smokers in the Company to 29.0% or lower (by the end of March 2014), and to this end, offers full individual support and promotes a nonsmoker friendly environment. Since 2003, Mazda has had a Company-wide smoke-free day, which has been implemented once a month since FY March 2011. In addition, the Hofu Plant has undertaken a voluntary initiative, establishing one smoke-free day per week.
Thanks to these efforts, the smoking rate has seen a continuous decline at Mazda.
In April 2008, specific medical checkups and healthcare guidance became mandatory, and the Company has launched programs offering specific medical guidance (for both individuals and groups) by nurses and trainers. In FY March 2013, individual guidance was provided to 541 employees.
Mazda promotes walking, with the goal of having 50% or more of employees achieving 10,000 steps a day. Specific measures include: the "10,000-step Challenge" (with the goal of walking 10,000 steps a day), which is held for indirect employees; providing tools on the Company Intranet that help employees record the distances they walk, thus increasing their interest in walking, in order to support improvements in employee health; establishment of an in-house walking course; and the Interval Fast Walking training exercises.
Furthermore, the Company promotes walking through the Eco-Walk Commuting Program (with allowance payment).
Interval Fast Walking
As part the Health and Hygiene Month activities conducted in October every year, Mazda has held the Interval Fast Walking training exercises using the in-house walking course since 2011. These exercises are intended to improve participants' leg strength and muscle endurance, by teaching a walking method in which alternately fast and slow walking is repeated every few minutes. In FY March 2013, approximately 300 employees participated in the event held on October 2 and 3.
Starting in FY March 2010, a new type of healthy meal that is low calorie, low salt, and uses high-fiber ingredients, is being offered as a regular part of the Company lunch menu. It is also applied to dietary instruction of specific health guidance.
In FY March 2013, Mazda received a commendation from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as a company that had strived to improve health and nutrition and promoted sports and recreation (physical fitness promotion campaign) in local communities and workplaces, achieving outstanding results.
Data on Measures to Prevent Lifestyle-Related Diseases (FY March 2013)
- Percentage of employees who smoke: 30.3%
- Number of employees receiving nicotine patches / guidance: 39
- Number of participants in the "10,000-steps Challenge"/ Percentage of employees who achieved 10,000 steps per day: 8,607/47.0%
- Mazda Active Walking
Smile Course (2,000 km/year): 532 participants
Steady Course (2,500 km/year): 9,671 participants
Speedy Course (3,000 km/year): 237 participants
In April 2003, Mazda initiated a system where Company doctors and nurses conduct interviews with employees who work more than a certain amount of overtime and offer guidance to prevent potential sickness resulting from overwork.
In July 2007, Mazda started a No-Overtime Week system in which these employees are prohibited from working overtime and from working on holidays. The Company has also introduced a health status check tool called the SEE Check*1, which comprises health checks of members by supervisors.
- *1Confirmation of sleeping habits (Are you sleeping enough?), eating habits (Are you eating well?), and life enjoyment (Are you finding time for hobbies and enjoying life?).
Mazda has independently developed and introduced performance safety tests and fun exercises to prevent falling accidents and protect aging employees in production divisions. In comparisons between pre-introduction and post-introduction periods among employees 50 years of age or older, balance and alertness have improved. In divisions not directly connected to production, "Zoom-Zoom Stretching Exercises" for the maintenance and enhancement of sense of balance and leg strength is being implemented at each workplace so as to help workers develop healthy bodies and prevent falling accidents.
As the measures for aging of society, these initiatives are gaining attention in the occupational health field: information on the initiatives has been provided to the Japan Safety & Health Association, and research results have been presented at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the United States. In addition, a large number of inquiries are being received from both Japan and overseas.
For employees on overseas assignment, Mazda carries out health checkups before they leave Japan and provides healthcare instructions after they return to Japan. While employees are working overseas, Mazda offers consultations via e-mail, telephone and the Internet to support their health maintenance, from the time they leave Japan to the time of their return. Moreover, every time a new overseas project is launched, the Company makes efforts to reduce the anxiety of assigned employees, by obtaining information on the healthcare situation of the relevant country, and showing specific measures to be taken when a health problem arises there.
In recent years, for employees assigned to work in an emerging country, Mazda has offered on-site healthcare consultations limited to the setup period of a production site. Company medical staff members are dispatched to the local site, where they are involved in early detection of, and responding to health problems through face-to-face communication.