Updated on August 29, 2018
Sony's manufacturing sites in China play an important role in the manufacturing activities of the Sony Group. Under the Sony Group Global Policy on Occupational Health and Safety, Sony leverages its accumulated knowledge and experience to secure safe, healthy, and engaging working environments for employees.
In China, Sony operates an OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety management system under the governance of the China Regional Safety Office and operated by manufacturing sites. Starting in fiscal 2016, Sony established overall management of safety in the China region and is reinvigorating its OHS activities, aiming to achieve its "Vision Zero" of ultimately eliminating occupational accidents and illnesses.
As part of these activities, Sony has established a working group that concentrates on occupational safety, among the activities that are horizontally implemented by OHS managers of all manufacturing sites. The working group shares accident case studies and implements measures to prevent accident recurrence.
Sony systematically implements OHS in China. In fiscal 2014, hazard maps were developed to identify risks in manufacturing processes, and since fiscal 2015, training has been conducted to adopt risk assessment methodologies for the proper identification and mitigation of risk sources. The risk assessment methodologies were partially revised and the methodologies in fiscal 2016 and applied to all manufacturing sites in China.
In 2018, Sony will build on the results achieved to date to pursue initiatives to achieve even higher targets.
In addition to initiatives that are horizontally implemented at all sites, each business site implements safety initiatives comprising basic training and drills. Sony has also expanded its collection of occupational injury data to encompass non-manufacturing companies, and strives to reduce occupational injuries throughout the Sony Group in China. As a result of these efforts, the number of occupational injuries at Sony sites in China has continued to decrease for the last four years. In fiscal 2017, Sony will continue implementing its existing initiatives while using risk assessments to further reduce risks and the rates of occupational injuries.
Additionally, traffic accidents have become common in China as economic development has sharply increased the number of cars on the road. In an effort to reduce accidents while commuting by bicycle or electric scooter, Sony has been implementing safety education since fiscal 2014. This includes safety clinics and development of safety brochures that are handed out to employees. Sony has set a goal to achieve a 30% reduction in traffic accidents in 2017 and will pursue safety initiatives in cooperation with regional offices and business sites.
Below are a few of the various safety activities developed and implemented in China in 2017.
Near-miss accidents at production sites in China have been reported since 2015, and these sites are bolstering efforts by identifying risks for accidents and sharing information with greater employee participation in these activities. The aggregate total of near-misses reported at all worksites had climbed to 6,397 by 2017. Moving into 2018, Sony is focused on increasing participation in prevention activities and promoting efforts designed to be both sustainable and effective, with the goal of 30% of all employees participating in these safety-related activities.
Approximately 1,500 employees at production sites in China commute to work on electric motorcycles. Commuter injuries have averaged 38 per year over the past three years. Although Sony has a variety of safety education activities in place in China, further efforts are needed to reduce the number of commuter accidents.
In cooperation with the China Regional Safety Office, production sites in China launched a project designed specifically to reduce the number of commuter accidents involving electric motorcycles. The project involved analysis related to electric motorcycle commuters (including interviews with those who have had accidents in the past and sharing of near-miss accidents identified based on camera footage of the commute), as well as trial distribution of safety-themed goods to raise safety awareness and information-sharing that involved the management team. Emphasizing employee participation and experience, activities such as these have increased safety awareness among employees. Commuter injuries in 2017 were reduced by 65% compared to 2016, with a significant reduction in accidents caused by electric motorcycles.
In addition to using the widely popular Chinese social media tool WeChat for its safety slogan activities to ensure that employees are able to easily participate, Sony has also designated a 100-day campaign period to focus on boosting safety. Employees appreciate the ease and convenience of being able to participate by smart phone, and Sony will continue to look for similarly effective ways of communicating and sharing information in the future.