NuFlare Technology, Inc.(“NuFlare Technology”) is a “Corporate Citizen of Planet Earth” engaged in the development and production of semiconductor manufacturing equipment and provision of related services. We conduct all activities in accordance with our corporate principles (“Committed to People,” “Committed to the Future,” and “Committed to the Society”) and accords full respect to the culture and customs of the societies in which we operate.
In its business conduct, we place the highest priority on human life, safety, and legal compliance, and make concerted efforts throughout our operations to “create safe and comfortable workplace environments and promote maintenance and improvement of physical and mental health.”
NuFlare Technology has organized an occupational health and safety promotion framework in which our president acts as the Chief Occupational Health & Safety Officer, and together with industrial physicians works to ensure workplace safety and fulfill its managerial, supervisory, and auditing responsibilities for promoting the health of employees.
The Occupational Health & Safety Committee meets at regular intervals to establish rules for safety assurance and health promotion, plan and implement measures, confirm legal requirements, and monitor progress of implementation of measures, among other activities. In addition, the president of the company an industrial physician and members of the Occupational Health & Safety Committee carries out periodic workplace patrols, while disaster drills, Specialist Committee activities, and the like are implemented to assure workplace safety. When improvement needs are identified, they will be reported to the Occupational Health & Safety Committee and corrective action will be undertaken.
A safety patrol
NuFlare Technology provides various safety training programs such as education based on the needs of different organizational levels and job functions (including those of new employees and all managers responsible for safety management). We also offer Kiken Yochi Training (KYT) (hazard prediction training) and mental health education at regular intervals to help our employees increase awareness about occupational health and safety.
NuFlare Technology places particular emphasis on clean room safety training. As our R&D, manufacturing, and maintenance operations take place in special environments, namely clean rooms, we require all employees and business partners working in our clean rooms and in customer factories to take part in clean room safety training. Moreover, we implement different levels of safety training for different job functions. Efforts include the development of safety trainers recommended by the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ). NuFlare Technology developed in-house trainers for SEAJ safety training and as a result, 480 employees of NuFlare Technology and its business partners completed safety training as of June 2017. In addition, as part of our global safety effort, all field engineers of NuFlare Technology America, Inc. have completed SEAJ safety training.
NuFlare Technology conducts awareness-raising activities including risk reduction activities through risk assessment, education, and training with the aim of achieving zero-accident operations. NuFlare Technology did not have any occupational accidents leading to absence between 2004 and 2014. However, in 2015, one “lost-time” injury occurred. NuFlare Technology promoted the following company-wide measures in 2016 with the aim of achieving zero-accident operations:
1. Cultivating an organizational culture in which safety is prioritized and raising safety awareness among employees
2. Redefine rules and providing education
3. Take effective safety measures according to the situations of individual workplaces including promotion of the 5S activities (sort, set in order, shine, standardize and sustain)
Since implementing these changes, we have had no occupational accidents that led to absence.
(Numbers of industrial accidents leading to absences of four days or longer per one million hours)
Note: Figures other than those for NuFlare Technology are calculated based on industrial accident statistics issued by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
NuFlare Technology gained OHSAS18001 certification in 2014, an international occupational health and safety management system standard. Based on this management system, NuFlare Technology promotes visualization of safety management through continuous efforts involving all employees. This reduces and manages safety and health risks by means of risk assessment and ensures compliance with laws and regulations etc., thereby making safety management visible. Some of the ways we work to reduce the likelihood of occupational accidents and accompanying management risks include: properly and systematically lowering and managing the risks relevant to occupational health and safety, and continuously improving the occupational health and safety management system. Information concerning occupational health and safety is shared with all employees including the president, to ensure appropriate management of occupational health and safety.
OHSAS：Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series
In response to the revision of the Industrial Safety and Health Act of Japan (that came into force on June 1, 2016) that mandates the risk assessment of chemical substances, NuFlare Technology has been working to understand the harmful effects that chemical substances (chemicals, gases, etc.) used at work can have on the human body, evaluate possible risks, and determine risk reduction measures. Moreover, in response to the revision of the Act in 2017, we have begun evaluating risks and determining risk reduction measures against chemical substances, including explosion and fire.
The president of NuFlare Technology sends a message on occupational health and safety to all employees during National Safety Week in July and Occupational Health Week in October. The purpose of these letters is to raise awareness about safety and occupational health, and encourage a focus on a particular theme related to a recent issue. Moreover, we announce our annual safety policy during an event held at the beginning of a quarter so that it is shared among the employees. At the foundation ceremony in August every year, we give an award to workplaces that have not caused any accidents over a long period of time. during that year. This encourages safety awareness to take root among the employees.
NuFlare Technology received the Encouragement Award of Commendation by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare in June 2015, for its exemplary and outstanding achievement in the area of occupational health and safety. NuFlare Technology has been engaged in OHSAS activities since 2010 and received the "Chief of the Kanagawa Labor Bureau Encouragement Award" in 2011. In 2015,NuFlare Technology was commended for its continuous efforts to maintain the occupational health and safety management system, namely: a) none of its employees suffered accidents that required absence from work for more than four days during the last ten years; b) company-wide efforts to identify the sources of risks and promote safety activities to eradicate them in 2014; c) enrichment of employee training and education; d) proactive safety patrols etc. by management. At the award ceremony held on July 3, 2015, at the No.2 office complex of the Kanagawa Prefectural Government, we received the plaque and award certificate from the chief of Kanagawa Labor Bureau. A total of 15 companies in Japan were commended for their achievements and NuFlare Technology was the only company to receive the Encouragement Award in Kanagawa prefecture. Taking this opportunity, we will make further efforts on a company-wide basis to identify and eliminate risks in workplaces and provide a safe and secure environment.
Commendation by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Encouragement Award
NuFlare Technology places the highest priority on protecting the lives and ensuring the safety of our employees. To achieve this, we conduct evacuation drills for all employees every year in preparation for major earthquakes and tsunamis, including the simulated use of a safety confirmation system. NuFlare Technology also conducts an evacuation drill twice a year for clean rooms in which hazardous substances and gases are used.Further, employees practice evacuating in the event of an earthquake or fire, and practice going upstairs in the event of a major tsunami.
Gas evacuation drill
NuFlare Technology strives to raise employees’ awareness of the importance of health and takes various measures to maintain their physical and mental health, including periodic medical checkups, counseling provided by industrial physicians in person, and mental health education.
NuFlare Technology has introduced a medical checkup support system for periodic medical checkups and follow-up interviews that employees can access online from their own desk PCs in order to complete questionnaires, register and change scheduled times for checkups and follow-up interviews, view the results of checkups, and perform other functions. Industrial physicians and healthcare staff also have access to the online medical checkup data, as necessary, for use in identifying the health status of employees and visualizing checkup results through health checkup report charts and graphical illustrations used in follow-up interviews. These charts and graphs are designed in a manner that allows them to be readily understood by employees.Periodic health examination of fiscal 2014, 100% employee are conducted.
At present, we give priority to brain and heart diseases and promotion of healthy habits, and provides employees with health guidance on topics such as lifestyle and diet.
With a view to preventing health problems caused by excessive work, NuFlare Technology requires all employees who have worked for no less than 45 hours of overtime per month for three consecutive months to undergo interview guidance with an industrial physician (Interview Guidance for Employees Working Excessive Overtime).
NuFlare Technology works to address the issue of employees’ mental health by developing a comprehensive system of mental health care involving industrial physicians and occupational health nurses, as well as individual workplaces. We also hold mental health meetings for all our directors and employees at regular intervals and provides telephone counseling on both mental and physical health issues conducted by specialists.
In response to the revision of the Industrial Safety and Health Act of Japan (December 1, 2015), NuFlare Technology has been conducting stress checks since 2016 in order to aid employee awareness of their mental condition so that they can improve their working environment and maintain a healthy mental state.
As we are a company with extensive overseas operations, NuFlare Technology offers a medical assistant service worldwide to overseas employees, their families, and those on overseas business trips so that they can feel at ease working overseas. This medical service shows hospitals online in the event of an emergency and arranges for patients to be transported to hospitals. In addition, NuFlare Technology distributes global safety information as necessary.
NuFlare Technology invites a trainer from a third-party organization to conduct training on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and operation of an automated external defibrillator (AED). The company promotes this training session on a company-wide basis. Our plan calls for all employees to learn how to use an AED by receiving practical training and a lecture, thereby ensuring that they can administer emergency medical treatment when necessary. To date, 200 employees have completed the program. We continue to hold the AED training session once every quarter to systematically increase the number of employees who can use an AED.
Each training session is joined by many employees who are eager to learn the technique.
NuFlare Technology considers the 5S activities as an important basis for safety. All our employees promote the 5S activities to make their workplaces safe, comfortable and efficient. We also hold presentations and other events to recognize employees who made outstanding achievements so that they can be shared among the employees.
NuFlare Technology’s business continuity plan (BCP) provides action guidelines for measures against earthquakes and new flu pandemics.
As part of its efforts to become better prepared for large-scale disasters, NuFlare Technology holds periodic disaster drills and proactively implements a wide range of disaster preparedness measures, including setting up a satellite-telephone system and building stockpiles of food, potable water, and other supplies. At the same time, we also have in place a safety confirmation system that will automatically confirm the safety of employees in the event of a large-scale disaster in order to assure the safety of employees and their families.
In addition, as NuFlare Technology is a company with extensive overseas operations, we also collect information concerning restrictions on overseas travel, infectious diseases, and other relevant issues from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant ministries and agencies and proactively alerts those assigned to work overseas, including those on short-term business trips, regarding such risks.