Updated on August 29, 2018
Sony is working to establish its own occupational health and safety (OHS) management systems based on OHSAS 18001 international standards at each of its sites around the world. Sony also continues to work to ensure compliance with national and regional laws concerning OHS, as well as to fulfill its own voluntary targets. Sony is acquiring external OHSAS 18001 certification for all manufacturing sites in China and Pan Asia that have been requested to do so by their clients (30% of all manufacturing sites). With the publication of the ISO 45001 international standard for OHS management systems in March 2018, Sony plans to migrate its own OHS management systems to ISO 45001.
The Sony Group recognizes the health and safety of employees as a top management priority, and all group companies manage relevant programs under a single structure. Furthermore, to promote global OHS programs, Sony has established six regional safety offices in North America, Latin America, Europe,*1 Japan,*2 China,*3 and the Pan Asia*4 Region that are responsible for implementing cross-regional programs, and it has appointed regional safety officers in each region.
Management reviews are also conducted for managers each year based on reports covering OHS activities, including regional compliance with relevant laws and regulations, education and training, and related audits, as well as occupational accidents and other incidents. Each business site has identified occupations in which workers are at high risk for occupational accidents and illness and is taking steps to reduce risk in priority areas and manage conditions to keep risk low.
In the unlikely event of an accident, each business site investigates the cause and puts measures in place to improve conditions. The Headquarters OHS Office shares detailed information on accidents and injuries with all Group companies around the world to help prevent recurrence and future accidents.
Under a philosophy of "placing the highest priority on employee health and safety," Sony has formulated the Sony Group OHS "Vision Zero" with the ultimate objective of ensuring zero occupational accidents and zero illnesses.
Regional Safety Offices conduct corporate audits to verify compliance with corporate rules. Audit teams are assembled to address the specific risks at business sites, to carry out corporate audits for the efficient and continuous improvement of management systems. In the Japan Region, the audit teams include an occupational health physician and an audit for compliance with occupational health regulations.
The Japan Regional Office implements risk assessments using the Sony Group's recommended methodology. Sony is establishing a system to identify hazards relating to chemical substances, machinery, and work, to serve as a common tool for conducting risk assessments in the Japan region. The risk assessment system helps in identifying and mitigating risks while simultaneously checking that legal requirements are met. The chemical substance risk assessment results are linked to environmental pollutant release and transfer register (PRTR) data to enable the centralized management of transfer and emissions data, as Sony works toward realizing its Road to Zero management plan. Sony is looking into rolling out the Sony Group's recommended methodology for risk assessments beyond the Japan region.
Sony Group companies designate auditors based on the results of risk assessments for workplaces, in order to audit the legal requirements and verify any issues with management. Auditors apply their specialized expertise to ensure that concrete steps are taken to reduce risks. Sony has trained some 300 qualified auditors through in-house courses that are held several times throughout the year.