CSR活動2015ハイライト

Nippon Soda Group promotes CSR activity to include the responsible care(RC) activity.
The following is a part of the CSR activity worked on in 2015

Human Rights/Labor Practices

The Nippon Soda Group focuses its proactive efforts on creating a work environment where human rights are respected and all employees can find their work meaningful and maximize their abilities.

Management approach

Basic concept

Nippon Soda respects individual human rights, recognizes the importance and universality of individual human rights, understands and appreciates diversity among cultures, customs and values, and prohibits the practice of any discriminatory activities.

Nippon Soda respects the unique characteristics of individual employees and consistently takes proactive measures to maintain and improve working conditions by developing and reviewing personnel and employment systems to ensure a work environment where employees can feel comfortable and fulfilled.

CSR activities to protect the corporate value POINT

  1. 1Acceptance of diversity
  2. 2Rewarding workplace that employees can be proud of

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Environmental Protection

With the goal of minimizing the impact of our business activities on the environment, the Nippon Soda Group is engaged in environmental protection with a focus on saving energy and resources, reducing and recycling waste, and reducing emissions of harmful substances.

Management approach

It is our responsibility to protect the global environment and contribute to the sustainable development of society. The Nippon Soda Group will continue its efforts not only in preventing environmental pollution and complying with laws and regulations but also in reducing environmental impacts associated with its business activities (prevention of global warming, reduction in waste generation and the amount of final disposal of waste in landfills) and developing products and processes with less environmental impact.

CSR activities to protect the corporate value POINT

  1. 1Promotion of active energy saving
  2. 2Reduction of environmental impacts
  3. 3Promotion of 3Rs
  1. 4Promotion of zero emissions
  2. 5Reduction of CO2 emissions
  3. 6Reduction of impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems

Major environmental impacts

The environment impacts of Nippon Soda’s four major plants in Japan in FY 2016 are shown in the figure below:

Major environmental impacts

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Process Safety & Disaster Prevention/BCP

The Nippon Soda Group places emphasis on ensuring process safety and preventing disasters in order to prevent major accidents at its facilities and continue safe and stable production. We are also constantly improving our business continuity plan (BCP) to make sure we can keep providing products and services.

Management approach

Nippon Soda performs periodic inspections and constant repairs and renovations in order to prevent accidents at its facilities and ensure safe and stable operations at each manufacturing site. We also regularly conduct emergency drills and provide education to prepare employees for possible accidents. Through these efforts, we continuously improve our risk management system. When facilities are newly constructed or renovated, our internal experts conduct safety reviews and audits to verify safety at the stages of planning, before starting construction, and before and after trial operation. We also undergo regular diagnoses of our disaster prevention capability conducted by external specialists.

Our business continuity plan (BCP), which was developed to help us be prepared for natural disasters such as earthquakes and other emergencies that could result in extensive damage, is regularly reviewed and improved.

CSR activities to protect the corporate value POINT

  1. 1Prevention of accidents at plants through risk management
  2. 2Improvement of BCP

 Safety audits prior to trial operation by the Head Office

Nihongi Plant September 3 (Thursday), 2015

Safety audits prior to trial operation by the Head Office for the construction of utility facilities (1st)

This construction project was related to power receiving facilities, measures to address power outage, a package boiler, and an exhaust gas collection system for product manufacturing. While the project comprises multiple construction works, this audit only covered the installation of a new package boiler (1st phase) and a boiler exhaust gas cooling system. As a result of document and on-site audits, 13 safety issues were identified. After all of these safety issues were addressed, the trial operation was successfully completed.

Nihongi Plant September 3 (Thursday), 2015

Takaoka Plant October 27 (Tuesday), 2015

Takaoka Plant October 27 (Tuesday), 2015

Safety audit prior to trial operation by the Head Office for the construction of TBT organic titanium monomer solvent conversion

These construction works aimed to convert the organic solvent used for manufacturing organic titanium monomer into a solvent with lower toxicity and lower environmental impact. As a result of document and on-site audits, 22 safety issues were identified. After all of these safety issues were addressed, the trial operation was successfully completed.

Nihongi Plant March 3 (Thursday), 2016

Safety audits prior to trial operation by the Head Office for the construction of utility facilities (2nd)

This construction project was related to power receiving facilities, measures to address power outage, a package boiler, and an exhaust gas collection system for product manufacturing. While the project comprises multiple construction works, this audit only covered the installation of new power receiving facilities and measures to address power outage at the plant. As a result of document and on-site audits, 18 safety issues were identified. After all of these safety issues were addressed, the trial operation was successfully completed by the end of April 2016.

Nihongi Plant March 3 (Thursday), 2016

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Occupational Safety and Health

The Nippon Soda Group promotes efforts to create an accident-free working environment in order to provide a healthy and happy working experience. We are implementing various measures to achieve and maintain the goal of no workplace accidents and promote employee health.

Management approach

Nippon Soda has introduced an occupational safety and health management system (OSHMS) at all of its plants and one research center. In accordance with the OSHMS, we conduct risk assessments and constantly develop, implement, review and improve measures (PDCA) to ensure safe and healthy workplaces with the aim of achieving the goal of zero occupational accidents. To help employees maintain and improve their health, we provide them with health guidance based on medical examination results and take measures to reduce incidents of personal injury or illness. A mental health check is also conducted and consultations with qualified mental health specialists are available so that we can offer mental care services whenever necessary.

CSR activities to protect the corporate value POINT

  1. 1Prevention of accidents through risk management
  2. 2Proactive management of workers’ health
The number of consecutive days without accidents resulting in absence from work (As of April 1, 2016)
Worksite The number of consecutive days without accidents resulting in absence from work (years) The number of occupational accidents causing an absence from work for FY 2016
Head Office 4,691 days (12 years) 0
Nihongi Plant 1,295 days (3 years) 0
Takaoka Plant 66 days (0 years) 1
Mizushima Plant 8,547 days (23 years) 0
Chiba Plant 4,252 days (11 years) 0
Odawara Research Center 5,641 days (15 years) 0
Chiba Research Center 8,804 days (24 years) 0
Aizu Plant, Nisso Metallochemical Co., Ltd. 1,459 days (3 years) 0
Chiba Plant, Nisso Metallochemical Co., Ltd. 10,652 days (29 years) 0
Koriyama Plant, Nisso Fine Co., Ltd. 1,401 days (3 years) 0
Isohara Plant, Nisso Fine Co., Ltd. 16 days (0 years) 1
Onahama Plant, Nisso Fine Co., Ltd. 52 days (0 years) 1
Shinfuji Kaseiyaku Co., Ltd. 3,044 days (8 years) 0
Nisso Shoji Co., Ltd. 4,689 days (12 years) 0
Sanwa Soko Co., Ltd. (including Sanso Unyu Co., Ltd.) 27 days (0 years) 3 (one death)
Nisso Engineering Co., Ltd. 3,819 days (10 years) 0
Nisso Construction Co., Ltd. 7,921 days (21 years) 0
Nisso Green Co., Ltd. 5,845 days (16 years) 0

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Distribution Safety, Quality Assurance and Consumer Issues

The Nippon Soda Group promotes efforts to reduce risks associated with the distribution of products to prevent distribution accidents. We also provide an environment where customers can use high-quality products safely, comfortably and in a stable manner in order to increase customer satisfaction.

Management approach

The Nippon Soda Group reduces risks of hazards, toxic harm and in-transit accidents associated with the transportation of products so as to protect the safety and environment not only of customers but also of workers engaged in distribution processes and of those living in areas near distribution routes.

We also provide information that helps customers use high-quality products safely, comfortably and in a stable manner. While ensuring safety and hygiene for customers, we provide products that increase customer satisfaction.

CSR activities to protect the corporate value POINT

  1. 1Prevention of distribution accidents through risk management
  2. 2Prevention of complaints through risk management
  1. 3Identification of and response to consumer issues

 Audit of distribution companies

Nippon Soda regularly sees from an external viewpoint whether companies to which we outsource distribution comply with all our requirements to ensure distribution safety, and makes requests to improve non-conformities in order to eliminate disasters and accidents. We also have a system to support their efforts to make improvements.

On-site audit (October 23, 2015, Kawaguchi Office, Sanwa Soko Co., Ltd.)

On-site audit
(October 23, 2015, Kawaguchi Office, Sanwa Soko Co., Ltd.)

On-site audit (October 28, 2015, Osaka Office, Sanso Unyu Co., Ltd.)

On-site audit
(October 28, 2015, Osaka Office, Sanso Unyu Co., Ltd.)

 Distribution-related safety education of distribution companies

On a regular basis, Nippon Soda provides distribution companies with education on the hazards and harms of our products, and other information on safe handling procedures that deliver our products to customers. We ensure that our products can be delivered to customers without any problems through repeatedly raising awareness of the possibilities of distribution companies.

Lecture-type education (November 17, 2015, Ohhashi Warehouse Co., Ltd.)

Lecture-type education
(November 17, 2015,
Ohhashi Warehouse Co., Ltd.)

Instructions on how to handle products in paper packages (May 15, 2015, Omiya Office, Sanwa Soko Co., Ltd.)

Instructions on how to handle products
in paper packages
(May 15, 2015, Omiya Office,
Sanwa Soko Co., Ltd.)

Training on how to wear a gas mask (November 25, 2015, Kurume Transportation Co., Ltd.)

Training on how to wear a gas mask (November 25, 2015,
Kurume Transportation Co., Ltd.)

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Chemicals and Product Safety

Giving due consideration to possible safety, health and the environmental hazards that may be caused by chemicals and products, the Nippon Soda Group complies with domestic laws and regulations, international standards, treaties and the like as well as with social norms and expectations so that we can earn greater trust from customers and the general public.

Management approach

The Nippon Soda Group complies with domestic laws and regulations, international standards, treaties and the like as well as with social norms and expectations so that we can increase the trust of customers and the general public.

CSR activities to protect the corporate value POINT

  1. 1Management of the safety of chemicals and products with a chemical substance control system
  2. 2Safety education on chemicals and products

 Safety education on chemicals and other products

1 January 18, February 2, March 4 2016 at the Head Office
Explanation session on the risk assessment of chemical substances under the revised Industrial Safety and Health Act

1 January 18, February 2, March 4 2016
at the Head Office
Explanation session on the risk assessment
of chemical substances under the revised
Industrial Safety and Health Act

2 May 11 and 14, 2015 at the Head Office
Education on chemical substances regulations for new/transferred employees

2 May 11 and 14, 2015 at the Head Office
Education on chemical substances regulations
for new/transferred employees

3 February 2, 3, 24 and 26, and March 2 and 3 at the Head Office
Education on revisions to the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc., the Industrial Safety and Health Act, and the Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Act, as well as overseas trends in relevant laws and regulations

3 February 2, 3, 24 and 26, and March 2 and 3 at the Head Office
Education on revisions to the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc., the Industrial Safety and Health Act, and the Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Act, as well as overseas trends in relevant laws and regulations

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Community Involvement & Development/Social Dialogue/
Fair Operating Practices/Compliance

We will make efforts to improve the general public’s confidence in us by participating in various environmental protection and safety activities and proactively engaging in dialogue with stakeholders regarding the effects of chemical substances on safety, health and the environment. Through these efforts, we will comply with legal requirements and improve transparency.

Management approach

The Nippon Soda Group researches, develops and manufactures products using chemicals as their ingredients and transports them. These products are used, consumed and disposed of by stakeholders. If we do not provide them with the correct information, they cannot use, consume and dispose of the products in an environmentally friendly manner. We believe that, through dialogue, we can not only provide users with information on ingredients, manufacturing, product distribution, disposal methods and other product-related issues but also convey our approach to safety and environmental protection.

CSR activities to protect the corporate value POINT

  1. 1Compliance with laws and regulations with a legal compliance system
  2. 2Organization of local gatherings (risk communication); Transparency and accountability practice

 Cleanup activities for local communities

Nippon Soda conducts cleanup activities in the vicinity of its business sites on a regular basis.

Nihongi Plant Eco-walk (April 26, 2015)

Cleanup activities for local communities

Mizushima Plant Cleanup of Takashima Road
(with participation of 20 employees)
(May 22, 2015)

Takaoka Plant (October 21, 2015)

Cleanup activities for local communities

Chiba Plant and Research Center
(February 10, 2016)

 Participation in a local festival

On August 24, 2015, the Manager and four staff members of Nihongi Plant participated in the Fujisawa Fall Festival organized by a shrine in the Fujisawa District. Other offices also participated in many local festivals.

Fujisawa Fall Festival, August 24, 2015

Fujisawa Fall Festival, August 24, 2015

 Involvement in hands-on learning activities

Hands-on learning, August 3 to 7, 2015

Hands-on learning, August 3 to 7, 2015

Nihongi Plant provided a hands-on learning experience to six students of Nakago Junior High School in Joetsu City.

Takaoka Plant provided a hands-on learning experience to students of Takaoka Industrial Arts High School and Tonami Technical High School, both in Toyama Prefecture, as well as eight students from Seibi Elementary School in Takaoka City over the period from July to November 2015.

Chiba Plant invited 84 students from Keiyo Elementary School in Ichihara City to tour the plant on July 17, 2015. On March 28, 2016, a plant tour for Nippon Soda’s employees and their children was conducted with 30 participants.

Students from Keiyo Elementary School in Ichihara City participating in a plant tour, July 17, 2015

Students from Keiyo Elementary School in Ichihara City participating in a plant tour, July 17, 2015

 Relations with employees

The Nippon Soda Group offers opportunities to employees who have made achievements in CSR activities to present their achievement and receive an award.

Presentation of successful cases

The Nippon Soda Group offers employees opportunities to present their successes in the areas of environmental protection, energy saving, productivity improvement, distribution safety, process safety & disaster prevention , occupational safety & health and others. At each worksite, employees who have made particularly outstanding achievements are selected to present their accomplishments to company executives and representatives of other business sites at an event known as the Company-wide Successful Achievement Presentation Meeting.

In FY 2016, the 36th Company-wide Successful Achievement Presentation Meeting was held at Chiba Plant on Friday, November 27, with 12 presentations made. The event was filmed, with both video and audio streamed in real time to all offices. The number of web-based participants was 162 in total, consisting of nine at the Head Office, 80 at Nihongi Plant, 40 at Takaoka Plant, 23 at Mizushima Plant, and 10 at Odawara Research Center. At the presentation site at Chiba Plant, about 73 participants, attended in person, including those from Chiba Research Center. At the end of the meeting, Production & Technology Division Manager Higuchi commented on the presentations and offered a token of appreciation to each presenter.

Presentation meeting

Presentation meeting

Presenters, assistants, organizers

Presenters, assistants, organizers

Presentation themes/presenters (assistant’s name in brackets)/sections

(1) Improvement of the method for managing packaging materials Fine Chemical Department, Nihongi Plant Sakuyoshi Hirai (Yuta Yamada), HPC Section
(2) Energy cost reduction by reviewing the temperature of electrolysis cells Industrial Chemicals Section, Takaoka Plant Takahiro Otsuka (Keisuke Noto), Industrial Chemicals Unit
(3) Efforts to save energy by reducing electricity consumption Manufacturing Section, Mizushima Plant Shunya Okazaki (Hidenobu Fujiwara), Maintenance Engineering G
(4) Reduction of operation standby time by installing filtrate storage tank fuller 2nd Manufacturing Department, Chiba Plant Makoto Minokawa (Yusuke Kobayashi), DC Section
(5) Improvement of BPS process (new BPS manufacturing) 2nd Production Department, Aizu Plant, Nisso Metallochemical Co., Ltd. Junichi Torimura (Kazuhito Sato), BPS Section
(6) Improvement of productivity by reducing sodium methylate (M-L) reaction time 2nd Industrial Chemicals Department, Nihongi Plant Satoru Maruyama (Tsuyoshi Hosokawa), Metallic Sodium Section
(7) 5% increase of the production of CPMA50 2nd Organic Products Department, Takaoka Plant Yukio Kurogoshi (Koji Mizukoshi), 2nd Organic Products Section
(8) Improvement of the mixer for PB base and change in its operating conditions to ensure stable and safe production 1st Manufacturing Department, Chiba Plant Mitsuo Kaneda (Hidemi Hosoi), FC1 Section
(9) Automation of pH measurement of Tank No. 2 for HPC D Line gelation Engineering Department, Nihongi Plant Tatsuya Maruyama (Makoto Sato), Instrument & Electric Team
(10) Measures to address abnormal wastewater discharge Takaoka Plant Takuya Maeda (Naoto Kawahara), NBL
(11) Improvement and safety measures for the filling method for Titabond T-200E and improvement of the efficiency of its filling 1st Manufacturing Department, Chiba Plant Yosuke Asai (Shigeyoshi Suzuki), FC2 Section
(12) Prevention of decrease in the feeding flow rate of hypo-emulsion Specialty Chemicals Department, Nihongi Plant Akira Okada (Hideo Shyori), Specialty Chemicals Section

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CSR Activities at Plants & Research Centers

Nihongi Plant

TOPICS : Education on “visible safety activities” for logistics operators

As an effort to ensure distribution safety, we hold meetings of the Nisso Disaster Prevention Council’s Logistics Department four times a year and provide education on distribution safety to transportation firms twice a year. This fiscal year, we emphasized “visible safety activities” in educational programs for logistics operators. Such programs included: an emergency drill on initial response and emergency communication on the assumption of a hydrochloric acid spill due to a traffic accident, the introduction of actual cases of accidents associated with poisonous substances, and a chemistry demonstration to show the risk level of substances that our plant deals with.

Feedback on our programs included the comment, “It was helpful because we were able to provide information on actual cases to other employees,” indicating that the awareness of employees regarding safety issues has been improved. The plant will continue its efforts to earn and maintain trust in the three aspects of safety (zero accidents), environment (zero environmental abnormalities) and quality (zero customer complaints).

TOPICS : Education on “visible safety activities” for logistics operators
Promotion of “Fall Prevention Project Nihongi”

<On-site reports>
Promotion of “Fall Prevention Project Nihongi”

A lost worktime injury due to a fall was reported on January 25, 2013. The incident involved an employee en route to a workplace slipping on a road inside the premises. The temperature recorded on the day in the area in front of the Security Center at the entrance to the plant was ?2°C and snow on the surface of the road had melted and refrozen, causing the employee to slip and fall, thereby sustaining an injury. Since 1975, five cases of lost worktime injuries due to a fall occurred in winter. To prevent slip and fall accidents specific to the winter season, we have taken the following measures:
1) Installation of three signboards to warn employees about the risks of slip and fall accidents?one in a location where such an accident has occurred, one midpoint of a recommended commuting route, and one near the central locker room;
2) Distribution to all employees of removable nonslip pads to be attached to the soles of their shoes;
3) Broadcasting warnings from early in the morning when road surfaces are frozen to caution employees to be careful not to slip and to avoid walking with their hands in their pockets; and
4) On the 16th of every month, which is disaster prevention day, we include a reminder in correspondence sent to employees to take care against slipping and falling when the temperature is low and road surfaces are frozen, or in other bad weather conditions. Since January 25, 2013, we have received no reports of slip and fall accidents specific to the winter season. We have observed some employees still walking with their hands in their pockets. We will continue our efforts to prevent slip and fall accidents by issuing cautions and encouraging employees to remain alert and prepared.

Takaoka Plant

TOPICS : The 8th Responsible Care Local Dialogue in Toyama/Takaoka

On February 26, 2016, we organized the 8th Responsible Care Local Dialogue in Toyama/Takaoka as the organizing company, working on behalf of the six member companies in Toyama Prefecture of the Japan Chemical Industry Association’s RC Committee. The Dialogue was attended by 120 people, with the majority being neighboring residents and the balance made up of government agency representatives and educators.

The RC Local Dialogue is held once every two years in Toyama for the purpose of introducing daily RC activities conducted at chemical plants to promote mutual understanding and “coexistence and co-prosperity” between companies and local residents. At the 8th Dialogue, we introduced activities undertaken by three member companies in Takaoka and provided detailed answers to questions from participants. We believe that participants understood the efforts made by companies to maintain harmonious relationships with local residents. Prior to the Local Dialogue, we offered a tour of Takaoka Plant, the organizer of the event.

Due to time constraints, the discussion we had may have been limited. But it was meaningful enough for us to use the results in planning our future business activities. We will continue to implement RC activities with a focus on environmental protection, process safety and disaster prevention, and product safety to give local residents peace of mind.

TOPICS : The 8th Responsible Care Local Dialogue in Toyama/Takaoka
Completion of work for TBT* organic titanium monomer solvent conversion

<On-site reports>
Completion of work for TBT* organic titanium monomer solvent conversion

The construction of facilities for TBT organic titanium monomer solvent conversion at Takaoka Plant has been completed. We have traditionally used chlorine-based solvents for organic titanium. Because chlorine-based solvents have been reported to have substantial impacts on both humans and the environment, we have used them in manufacturing under strict control in compliance with relevant laws and regulations. However, in response to both internal and external requests, we started planning a conversion to non-chlorine-based solvents. In April 2014, we launched a working group to discuss the plan and, in September, we established a project to create a detailed design.

Because the new solvent is categorized as a hazardous material under the Fire Defense Law, we needed to newly register our plant as a hazardous materials facility. In addition, we had to renovate facilities under the instruction of the regulatory agency (the Fire Defense Agency), which took longer than anticipated. As a result, the completion of the construction project was somewhat delayed. During trial operation, we also encountered many unexpected problems. However, thanks to the untiring efforts and improvements made by those involved?and their cooperation in making prompt responses possible?we completed the trial production operation in January 2016 without any quality problems or accidents. We then successfully launched full-scale operations and have been continuing to operate without any problems.

*TBT : tetrabutyl orthotitanate

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Mizushima Plant

TOPICS : Participation in volunteer activities

The “Himawari-go (a specialized train for people with disabilities)” program for this fiscal year was held on May 24 under a clear sky. A total of 324 participated, including those with disabilities and volunteers who assisted them. We chartered a seven-car train to cross the Great Seto Bridge and visit Ritsurin Garden and Tamamo Castle. Ritsurin Garden is a beautifully lush traditional Japanese-style garden and we enjoyed a leisurely stroll through it. We believe that the participants with disabilities, who usually have few opportunities to get out and about, enjoyed the tour very much. It was wonderful to see their smiling faces. We will continue this program.

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Emergency drill for accidents during product transportation

<On-site reports>
Emergency drill for accidents during product transportation

Mizushima Plant manufactures products quite different from those manufactured at other plants. We therefore provide RC education to product storage and transportation companies every year. The objective is to provide information on how to prevent quality-related problems during transportation, the characteristics of products, how to handle them, and how to respond in emergencies. We also conduct a joint drill in cooperation with each transportation company on the assumption that a serious accident occurs during product transportation. This year, we conducted a drill on the assumption that an accident occurred at an intersection of a public highway, resulting in a chemical spill from the vehicle. The drill unfolded as follows: Upon the occurrence of the accident, the transportation company made an emergency call and started to mop up the spilled products. After receiving the emergency call, the plant set up an emergency operations center and sent an initial response team to the accident site. A hazard elimination team and a technical team were also sent to the site with emergency response materials. They took charge of responding to government agencies and assisting the transportation company. The center conducted an emergency communication drill with those involved and kept them informed of the situation on the ground. While confirming the situation, the head of the center gave instructions and informed those involved of the ongoing situation. The drill increased the risk awareness among participants from both the transportation company and the plant. We will conduct more drills on the assumption of the occurrence of all kinds of accidents so that we can promptly respond to any emergency situation.

Chiba Plant

TOPICS : Goi Rinkai Matsuri (Goi Rinkai Festival)

Held in June every year, the Goi Rinkai Festival is jointly organized by companies and neighborhood associations in the coastal area of the Goi district of Ichihara City. Its goal is to strengthen the relationship between local residents and companies. Every year, our company sets up a raffle stall for dagashi, or cheap traditional Japanese sweets. The stall always attracts a good crowd, with all raffles sold out before the festival ends. In addition to stalls, events at the festival include a squadron show, a popular songs performance, and a Soran Bushi dance performance by local elementary school children. In short, people of all ages come along to enjoy the lively and bustling atmosphere of the festival. By hosting this kind of event, we hope to win for our plant the love and support of local people.

TOPICS : Goi Rinkai Matsuri (Goi Rinkai Festival)
Efforts to maintain zero accidents

<On-site reports>
Efforts to maintain zero accidents

Many companies in petrochemical complexes are required by law to have a disaster prevention team and certain facilities (fire engines, etc.) in order to be prepared for disasters. Each group of Chiba Plant Disaster Prevention Team has traditionally consisted of five Nippon Soda employees. However, due to automation aimed at maintaining stable and safe production, the number of personnel at the manufacturing site has been reduced. For this reason, we established a working group to discuss the possibility of making the disaster prevention team leaner and more efficient without compromising its capabilities. As a result, we identified some labor-saving tools, including the adoption of a high performance chemical fire engine, bone conduction radio transmitters to facilitate communication among team members, and hose carts designed in such a way that the hose can be extended quickly by one person.

The first thing we did, in 2014, was to replace our Class A ordinary chemical fire engine with a model equipped with labor-saving functions. We then established infrastructure that meets necessary conditions after consultation with the Fire Department and other relevant organizations. At the same time, disaster prevention team members (employees) conducted drills repeatedly until they successfully passed a review by the Ichihara Fire Department and received permission to reduce the resources for disaster response in December 2015. As a result, each five-member group was replaced by a three-member group on January 12, 2016.
Despite the decrease in the number of team members from five to three, the capabilities of the team have not changed. For example, they can spray water with a forked hose and extinguish a fire more quickly than before. We will continue our efforts to maintain zero accidents that require the dispatch of the disaster prevention team, and to maintain and improve our preparedness for possible disasters.

On January 10, 2016, Chiba Plant was awarded a letter of appreciation from the director of the Ichihara Fire Department for its achievement of zero accidents.

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Odawara Research Center

TOPICS : A new occupational physician specializing in mental health

In November 2015, we were joined by occupational physician Dr. Karube, who is a specialist in mental health. She visits our research center once a month. Partly for the purpose of introducing her to our personnel, we asked Dr. Karube to give a series of three lectures titled, “Coping with stress and self-care,” starting in December. From her presentations, we learned about how to deal with stress. There are currently no employees absent due to mental health problems. It is hoped that, through her education and face-to-face counseling sessions, we can not only prevent employees from developing mental health problems but also improve communication among employees and enhance the vitality of the workplace.

TOPICS : A new occupational physician specializing in mental health

Chiba Research Center

TOPICS : Enhancement of research and development through cooperation among industry, government and academia

In its research and development efforts, Chiba Research Center aims to create functional materials that meet the needs of society, with living polymerization, inclusion, self-assembly, sustained-release formulation, and developer assessment as core technologies.

We not only participate in academic conferences to further improve our technologies but also present our technologies at exhibitions in search of possible applications for various purposes so that we can develop new materials and new products and improve existing products, thereby contributing to the global community.

TOPICS : Enhancement of research and development through cooperation among industry, government and academia

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