Occupational Safety and Health

Under its Safety and Health Creed, Mazda is working to develop people, workplaces, and mechanisms that ensure the safety and health of the people who work at Mazda. Since FY March 2015, Mazda and its domestic Group companies have been working on the third three-year plan.
For overseas Group companies, Mazda is working to develop people and workplaces that emphasize safety and health with taking the laws and regulations as well as labor practices of the countries and regions into account.

Safety and Health Creed

For workers, safety and health are essential assets.
Our people are our most valuable resource, and we are committed to keeping them safe.

One Mazda Movement for an Enjoyable Workplace The Third Three-Year Plan

Policy: Realize a proactive and enjoyable workplace*1 by accomplishing safety and health activities initiated by individuals and divisions.

Slogan: Safety and health first in One Mazda, 24 hours a day

How to think or proceed :
1. Fostering human resources who go back to the basics, observe rules, and behave in a safe manner
2. Strengthening activities to prevent serious disasters and accidents, by predicting and preparing for possible risks
3. Building up a corporate culture that promotes activities in which all employees participate, and which encourages them to advise and praise each other

*1 Proactive and enjoyable workplace: A workplace where intensive problem-solving activities are implemented, taking into account the division’s characteristics, and where individual employees work as a team harmoniously led by their manager, so that individual employees and the organization are both invigorated.

General Safety and Health Committee

Mazda has established the General Safety and Health Committee, whose members include management (executive officer in charge of safety and each division’s general managers) and labor representatives (Mazda Workers’ Union leaders*2). Committee members meet to discuss and decide each year’s action plan and priority measures concerning safety and health. Occupational safety and health activities extend to all domestic companies in the Mazda Group. The person in charge at Mazda Motor Corporation participates to the Safety and Health Committee meetings of domestic Mazda Group companies to share information, observe and provide guidance to the workplace, support education activities, etc.

*2 Membership is around 90% of Mazda employees.

Safety and Health Management System (SMS)

Mazda implements voluntary and continuous safety and hygiene management through its Safety and Health Management System. This system reduces the potential risks for work-related accidents and enhances overall levels of safety and hygiene standards.

Contents of the Management System Initiative

Mazda performs risk assessments to prevent accidents before they happen. The Company also implements management system audits and evaluations to support the appropriate implementation of the system. These processes are part of the PDCA (plan-do-check-act) cycle, which Mazda applies on an ongoing basis.

<FY March 2015 Internal Audit Results (Mazda Motor Corporation)>

  • ■ Performed audits for all applicable divisions and departments (26 organizations, 121 departments)
Risk Assessments

Since FY March 2006, Mazda has conducted risk assessments at all facilities to determine potential dangers and risks in manufacturing, product development, administration, office operations and other processes, in order to determine suitable countermeasures. Through these efforts the Company reviews and identifies risks each year, improving the level of workplace safety.

Safety Record (Accident Frequency Rate)

With regard to the incident rate, the introduction of risk assessment process has promoted physical safety and health measures related to machinery and/or operation conditions. As a result, the number of accidents due to machinery or other physical problems has been on the decline. However, since FY March 2012, Mazda has seen an increasing trend in the number of accidents resulting from unsafe human behavior problems shortly after a change in operational procedures, carelessness and insufficient risk prediction. To improve the situations, Mazda will strengthen the prevention of accidents in FY March 2016 by focusing on operation methods and procedures, and checking its’ safeness in advance by risk assessment.

Accident Frequency Rate*3*4

*3 Accident frequency, measured as the number of casualty figure per million person-hours worked.

*4 Subject to independent third-party assuarance

Education and Training Concerning Occupational Safety and Health

Mazda conducts safety and health training within the Company, the domestic Group companies and with suppliers (Toyukai Cooperative Union*5). Mazda provides persons in charge of safety in overseas production sites education and training at Mazda Head Office, as part of group-wide efforts to develop safe workplaces.

Contents of Main Educational and Training Programs for FY March 2015
  • ■ Safety and health training prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Law is provided (information provided to domestic Group companies and suppliers) (Number of attending the training: 1,632, including 569 from outside the Company)
  • ■ Prediction trainer training, with the aim of achieving zero accidents (Number of attending the training: 250)
  • ■ Capacity-building training for dangerous or hazardous work engaged persons like forklift operation (Number of attending the training: 162)
  • ■ Newly appointed safety and health managerial and supervisory personnel (Number of attending the training: 116)
  • ■ Practical first aid training on AED use (Number of attending the training: 390)
Main Educational and Training Programs for Domestic Group Companies and Suppliers
  • ■ Safety and health management
  • ■ Training to enhance the skills of safety and health management and supervisory personnel
  • ■ Training for work-related risk prediction and traffic risk prediction

*5 The Toyukai Cooperative Union consists of 64 vehicle parts and equipment companies that are direct or indirect trading partners with Mazda, and is a union organization that actively engages in initiatives with a constant awareness of the need to put “quality first.” It was founded in 1952 by Mazda and 20 collaborating companies that have trading relationships with the Company, with the aim of promoting friendly relations among members and improving welfare, as well as developing a system for cooperating with Mazda. The Company offers advice and support to this group from a safety viewpoint by introducing safety information and inviting safety training provided by Mazda.