Updated on August 29, 2019

Occupational Health and Safety Initiatives in Pan Asia

Sony's Pan Asia sites employ individuals from a wide range of nationalities and cultural backgrounds. A key objective of occupational health and safety (OHS) activities in the region is to raise awareness of safety issues by providing training, education and activities. To enhance and raise safety awareness, Sony's Pan Asia sites hold various type of OHS events.

Establishing an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Management System

All manufacturing sites in Pan Asia Region have already established an OHS Management System (OHSAS18001), aiming to prevent any kind of incident or occupational health/illness from affecting employees and others working to support our Sony operations. From fiscal 2019, Sony sites in the Pan Asia Region plan to transition to a new management system (ISO 45001:2018) that includes non-manufacturing sites.

All Pan Asia Region manufacturing sites have already been certified in OHSAS18001, and we plan to acquire ISO 45001 certification within fiscal 2020 for all sites.

Enhancing safety awareness

In fiscal 2018, one of the key activities was raising safety awareness among both employees and external contractors. Various training courses were arranged to enable employees to acquire the basic/intermediate safety knowledge required for their job. Contractors are also required to hold “Safety & Environmental Mindset” training, aiming to prevent any incidents from occurring at Sony sites.

Safety & Environmental Mindset” training for a contractor at
Sony Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (Bangkadi)

Health promotion

In fiscal 2018, various health promotion campaigns were carried out, including Health Talk, First Aid Training including CPR/AED training, influenza vaccinations, and ergonomic knowledge training.

CPR training at
Sony Middle East Asia (Dubai)

Emergency preparedness

All sites hold annual fire evacuation drills in corporation with the local government. Emergency preparedness activities are determined depending on the risk assessment results for each site, and they address themes such as chemical emergencies and X-ray machine emergencies.

Emergency Response Team practice at
Sony Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd (Bangkadi)

Safety Campaign

Safety campaigns are held at each site to reduce high-likelihood risks in operations and raise awareness. Campaigns address themes including:
1. Electrical fire risk – The following activities were organized at many sites.
・Establishment of safe electrical wiring criteria
・Regular site inspection on electrical wire condition
・Electrical safety training courses for person in charge
2. On-site safety assessment for new production line – Safety, production and engineering teams conducted joint efforts to assess a new production line from the perspectives of productivity and safety.
3. Near Miss Program – The purpose of this preventive program is to build a safety culture among employees and across operations. Site employees identify near-miss conditions or behaviors and take corrective actions to reduce those risks.
4. Road Safety – This road safety training program raises awareness among employees who use private cars, motorcycles or company transportation for their commute.

Near Miss Program
at Sony EMCS (Malaysia) Bhd. Sdn (Kualar Lumpur)

Employee participation in OHS activities

To raise safety awareness and cultivate a “Safety Mindset,” all sites in the Pan Asia Region hold OHS events for workers including management and contractors. These include Safety, Occupational Health, Environment and Anti-Drug week, where exhibitions, contests, competitions and games are held to enable employees to gain more knowledge by participating in fun activities. In addition, the Safety Committee operates a safety suggestion system, which provide a channel for communication that enhances employee participation and consultation.

Safety, Health, Environmental and Anti-Drug Week at Sony Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (Chonburi)

External communication

Sony companies in the Pan Asia Region share their OHS knowledge not only internally, but also with interested outside parties such as college students and government agencies. This helps spread awareness of Sony’s implementation of good OHS activities.

College students visit for Construction and Industrial Safety Training at Sony EMSC (Malaysia) Bhd. Sdn (Kuala Lumpur)

OHS award recognition

In fiscal 2018, two sites in the Pan Asia Region were recognized with third-party OHS awards. These awards provide further motivation to ensure that operations continue to comply with the safety criteria of each award and that our employees and other stakeholders can work safely at Sony.

Sony Device Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd. received two awards: the National Health, Safety and Well-Being Award from Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health, which recognized performance not only in the area of safety and occupational health but also employee well-being based on criteria such as mental health, nutrition, and happiness; and the National Safety Management Excellence Award at the Gold level from Thailand’s Ministry of Labor, which recognizes good implementation of the Ministry’s safety standards in the workplace.

Sony EMCS (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. in Kuala Lumpur received the MSOSH Gold Award from the Malaysian Society for OSH, a non-governmental organization. This award recognized the outstanding performance of OHS activities identified during the MSOSH committee site audit.

National Health, Safety and Well-Being Award
from Ministry of Public Health received by
Sony Device Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
National Safety Management Excellence Award
at the Gold level from the Ministry of Labor received by Sony Device Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
MSOSH Gold Award from Malaysian Society for OSH received by Sony EMCS (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. in Kuala Lumpur
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