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. 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
- 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.)
- : 12,173
- Number of general regular medical checkups (excluding the above)
- : 14,244
- Number of specific medical checkups
- : 1,498
- Number of overseas medical checkups
- : 252
- 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 introduced occupational stress diagnoses known as "vitality checkups" for all employees to reveal individual and organization-level risks (2008)
- Based on the results of "vitality checkups", Company doctors, nurses, and workplace managers cooperate to follow up on individuals and improve workplaces (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 (2009)
- Self-care seminar targeting third-year employees started (2010)
- 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)
Mental Health Care Major Measures and Participants
- Self-care seminar (communication training)
- : 632
- Mental health training on demand
- : 316
- Line-based care (advanced)
- : 106
- Training for new managers
- : 201
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 2012, individual guidance was provided to 439 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; provision of tools on the Company Intranet that help employees record their distances walked, thus increasing their interest in walking, in order to support improvements in employee health; and the establishment of an in-house walking course.
Furthermore, the Company promotes walking through the Eco-Walk Commuting Program (with allowance payment).
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.
Data on Measures to Prevent Lifestyle-Related Diseases (FY March 2012)
- Percentage of employees who smoke: 31.2%
- Number of employees receiving nicotine patches / guidance: 85
- Number of participants in the "10,000-steps Challenge"/ Percentage of employees who achieved 10,000 steps per day: 8,393/45.2%
- Mazda Active Walking
Smile Course (2,000 km/year): 780 participants
Steady Course (2,500 km/year): 8,769 participants
Speedy Course (3,000 km/year): 258 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.
Mazda distributes copies of its Kenko Tsushin ("Health Bulletin"), offers e-mail consultations and provides traveling health consultations.