Health and Safety


As a company engaged in manufacturing, the Sanwa Group recognizes that ensuring the health and safety of employees is fundamental to our sustainability and our responsibility as a Company. Thus, the Group does its utmost to create a work environment that takes mental and physical wellbeing into consideration based on the notion that this is the responsibility of the company.

Safety Initiatives

Plant Safety Initiatives

At Sanwa Group, we have set up health and safety committees, chaired by the head of the plant that include safety managers, health managers, and employees. These committees strive daily to improve safety awareness, strengthen management systems, and eliminate occupational accidents. Health and safety committees establish health and safety policies, set targets, and implement countermeasures to prevent hazards. They also conduct risk assessments based on our Plant Safety Management Guidelines.

Details of Health and Safety Committee Activities

Safety handbook
Work-assistance Suit
Heat-resistant paint on the roof of Gifu Plant
Mist fans in the entrance to Shizuoka Plant
  • Setting health and safety policies and targets for the fiscal year
  • Preparation and implementation of health and safety action plan for the fiscal year
  • Implementation of preventive measures for hazards to workers and health problems
  • Investigation of causes of occupational accidents and implementation of reoccurrence prevention
  • Implementation of training on health and safety matters
  • Notification and compliance with revisions to the Labor Standards Act and the Industrial Safety and Health Act
  • Implementation of safety measures after building new facilities and after changes in workplace layout
  • Implementation of firefighting drills and evacuation drills

The first week of July every year is designated National Safety Week. During this week, we promote ways to prevent occupational accidents and to increase safety awareness. In 2019, we carried our risk assessments in each workplace, provided hazard training to safety managers to improve their skill levels, and rolled out the results inside our plants. A safety handbook covering matters related to safety such as safety-related laws, risk prediction activities and training, and safe operation guidelines has been translated into six languages (English, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese and Indonesian) for our ever-increasing foreign workers. In addition, the Sanwa Shutter Corporation Shizuoka Plant has introduced work-assistance suits for the purpose of reducing the physical burden on the backs of its workers that handle doors. The Group will continue to strive towards improving the work environment and work efficiency in aims of reducing the burden on its diverse range of workers, including women and the elderly.
Also, we focus on training for newly hired workers due to a high possibility of taking unsafe actions owing to a lack of experience. The training includes thorough coaching on safety, such as a safety comprehension tests and watching a DVD on occupational accidents.
Examples of measures to prevent heat stroke in summer include the use of heat-resistant paint (water-based elastomer coating) on the roof of Sanwa Shutter Corporation's Gifu Plant to bring relief from the high temperatures inside the plant and boost the effectiveness of the air conditioning system and the installation of mist fans in the entrance to Sanwa Shutter Corporation's Shizuoka Plant.
We distribute acrylic face shields to workers in place of masks as a way to prevent both the spread of COVID-19 and heat stroke.

Safe and comfortable work environment

The Sanwa Group Compliance Code of Conduct states, “Along with aiming to create a cheerful work place, we maintain a work environment with consideration for mental and physical health. We make efforts to prevent work-related injuries, and strive to achieve a work place atmosphere where creativity can be expressed freely and honestly.” To ensure compliance with the Code of Conduct, we conduct audits on labor issues at each Group company, including the risk of human rights violations and preventing the use of child labor, forced labor, and excessive working hours. This allows us to better understand the current situation and to take appropriate action if a concern is found. Through due diligence prior to the start of a new business, we strive to better understand risks related to labor issues.

Occupational health and safety risk assessments at new plants and new facilities

When opening a new plant, installing new facilities, modifying present facilities, and changing operating conditions, we check for compliance with health and safety standards stipulated in regulations, laws and ordinances on occupational health and safety. In this way, we assess occupational health and safety risks. In addition, we take measures based on our Plant Safety Management Guidelines to prevent accidents caused by the misuse of these facilities.

Installation Site Safety Initiatives

The Group is taking steps to prevent and eliminate occupational accidents at installation sites through an educational program that seeks to raise safety awareness, including training for health and safety officers, training to improve skills (updated every three years) and training for employees involved in occupational accidents prior to their return. Such employees are asked to present an accident case study based on their actual experience and to propose actions to prevent such accidents occurring in the future at safety-related meetings at respective branches as a means to share information and knowledge.
TECH SANWA, the newsletter for installers issued twice a year since fiscal 2018, introduces installers working throughout Japan and provides important information installers should be aware of when installing new products and examples of incidents that almost turned into accidents. The newsletter is distributed to installers nationwide as a tool to spread awareness of safety issues.

Safety training with VR technology

Sanwa Shutter Corporation provides safety raining using virtual reality (VR) technology, which allows workers to experience accidents that can occur at installation sites, such as cuts from electric tools and falls from portable work structures, from the point of a view of a victim, thereby focusing on reducing the occurrence of accidents.

Installation-assist robot for "Magical Taika Plus"

We are working to save labor during installation work using an “integrated -shutter installation method” that covers from advance assembly of heavy-duty shutter shaft and slats at plants through to delivery, and a “flameless installation method” where the door is mounted without any welding, and the use of connectors for electrical components. Magical Taika Plus, released in November 2019 by Sanwa Shutter Corporation, is a partition wall between fireproof structures installed in factories and warehouses. This partition uses slide-in panels (based on changes made to the conventional panel structure and design) and is installed using a installation-assist robot (Giraffe), making installations more than twice as fast as before. This method also helps to improve safety on sites where workers are becoming older.

    the newsletter for installers
  • Safety-related meeting

Number of occupational accidents

The annual health and safety activity targets to reduce incidents for FY2019 focuses on “eliminating all serious injuries and fatalities.” Thanks to our safety initiatives, there were no fatalities from occupational accidents involving our employees, contractors,dispatched workers, and partner companies.

Please see the"Latest ESG Data"for detailed information about the latest Lost-time injuries frequency rate/severity rate: Latest ESG Data

Certification of occupational health and safety management system

Monthly safety and production meeting
at Novoferm (Shanghai)

Shanghai Baosteel-Sanwa Door and Novoferm (Shanghai), both subsidiaries in Asia, obtained OHSAS 18001 certification for their occupational health and safety management systems in 2017. Today, they continue to work to increase the level of occupational health and safety.
Novoferm (Shanghai) has established an occupational health and safety policy to “foster a corporate image where people are a top priority for maintaining health and safety and to make continual progress.” The company also strives for seven targets: (1) achieving emission gas standards; (2) appropriately disposing of waste; (3) taking countermeasures against noise; (4) eliminating fires; (5) eliminating chemical spills; (6) having two or fewer occupational accidents every quarter; and (7) eliminating illnesses, injuries, and accidents from the workplace. This company strives to achieve these targets using daily safety patrols and weekly safety training. Also, at the monthly safety and production meeting, presentations are made for training on the safe operation of forklifts and safe welding, while safety education is also provided on the electric bicycles that are used by many employees to commute to work.

* Percentage of our subsidiaries in Asia with a business site that has obtained OHSAS 18001 certification: 20% (two companies)

Health and safety management system

When an occupational accident occurs, an occupational accident report is prepared following the Crisis Management Guidelines. The results of the accident investigation, including any preventive measures, are also reported to the head of the plant, the manufacturing and engineering divisions, the president of Sanwa Shutter Corporation, and the directors of Sanwa Holdings Corporation. Information on occupational accidents is shared among plants and reminders for prevention are made quickly. In this way, we are promoting initiatives that prevent occupational accidents, including updating safety handbooks and adding new safety rules, among others. Also, Sanwa Holdings Corporation's Executive Officer in charge of CSR (director) reports occupational accidents to the Board of Directors and conducts supervision and the improvement of our health and safety risk management system through periodic monitoring.

Health Initiatives

Message from a Health Management Officer

Director,Senior Executive Officer
Hiroyuki Yamazaki
Responsible for Corporate Planning Unit

We conduct our global business activities guided by our mission of contributing to the prosperity of society by offering products and services that provide safety, security and convenience. To provide these products and services, we believe it is important that our employees and their families are able to lead healthy as well as safe, secure and convenient lives, both in their private life and working life. This focus on the health of our employees, a critical asset, is paramount to the Sanwa Group's continued growth and contribution to society.
Our Compliance Code of Conduct clearly states that "the Sanwa Group will exert maximum efforts to ensure workplace health and safety, and to maintain pleasant work environments where every employee can work with enthusiasm." Accordingly, we implement various initiatives to protect the health of employees and their families.
In addition to internal measures, we will devote efforts to ensuring that employees pay attention to their own health and can voluntarily maintain and improve their health.

Management System

In the Sanwa Group, the director responsible for the Corporate Planning Unit of Sanwa Holdings Corporation is leading the efforts of the CSR Promotion Department, Human Resource & General Affairs Department and Health Insurance Association to build an effective promotion framework and provide support for the maintenance and improvement of Group employees' health.

Employee Health Initiatives

Initiatives toward global health issues

The Sanwa Group provides employees traveling overseas on business or assigned to work overseas, as well as their accompanying family members, with vaccinations prior to their departure recommended for each location by the Quarantine Information Office of the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare. Through pre-departure training, we educate these employees about global health issues, such as HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria.

At the overseas business sites of the Sanwa Group, we have stockpiled supplies as a safety measure against novel influenza pandemics. At business sites located in areas with malaria, we pay the costs for preventive anti-malarial medicine for employees traveling overseas on business or assigned to work overseas as well as their accompanying family members. We also have rules in place on how to respond in case of an infection. In this way, we are implementing health measures for employees and their families.

In addition, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Sanwa Group and partner companies ensure that employees wear masks, that we have sanitizer on hand at every business site, and that we encourage hand washing and throat rinsing, and check body temperatures.

Health Checkups

The Sanwa Holdings Corporation Health Insurance Association assists with the cost of complete medical checkups, screenings for lifestyle diseases (after age 30), dental health guidance, and flu vaccines in order to prevent illness and facilitate the early discovery and treatment of disease.
We have established a health management system where employees and their family members can work safely and healthily overseas. Employees assigned to work overseas and their accompanying family members receive health exams before leaving, after returning home, and annually during their assignment. To detect cancer, the number one cause of death for Japanese nationals, Sanwa Shutter Corporation participates in the “Cancer Countermeasure Promotion Company Action” and distributes handbooks to every department recommending cancer screenings. In this way, we are raising awareness of cancer and encouraging employees to undergo screenings.

Partnership with a Private Fitness Club

To promote maintenance and improvement of health and physical strength, the Sanwa Holdings Corporation Health Insurance Association partners with a private fitness club to provide exercise opportunities for Sanwa Group employees and their families.

Morning Radio Calisthenics

Radio calisthenics are conducted in workplaces at the morning assembly each day. Exercising the whole body can improve concentration, enhance safety awareness and increase productivity of employees.

Establishment of Health Care Room

A Health Care Room has been set up next to the cafeteria of the head office of Sanwa Shutter Corporation. In addition to maintenance and improvement of employee health, it is a place where employees can work on and think about their physical condition.

Establishment of Company Holiday Facilities

The Sanwa Group owns health resorts and vacation condominiums in 10 locations throughout Japan, including in Izu and Yufuin. These facilities promote the health improvement and physical and mental rejuvenation of Sanwa Group employees, retired employees and their family members.

Reinstatement Diagnosis Program

  • In fiscal 2012, the Sanwa Shutter Corporation introduced a “reinstatement diagnosis program” for employees returning to work after a period of absence due to a mental illness. The program provides support to employees to clarify the reinstatement process and facilitate their return to work.
    Personnel from general affairs and an industrial physician carefully check the intention and volition of the employee returning to work as well as his or her physical condition before making a decision on whether reinstatement is appropriate. Efforts are made to ensure employees do not relapse after returning to work by taking a flexible approach to working hours and duties, and for one year after returning to work the Sanwa Shutter Corporation conducts detailed follow-up interviews to check on the employee’s health and work performance and to recommend medical examinations as necessary.

  • Program

    • (1)Apply to return to work
    • (2)Receipt and confirmation of application
    • (3)Three-person interview
    • (4)Check work environment and share information
    • (5)Consult with an industrial physician
    • (6)Decision on eligibility to return to work
    • (7)Check reinstatement diagnosis program
    • (8)Final decision on eligibility to return to work
    • (9)Follow-up after reinstatement
      Interview with personnel from general affairs

Company-wide Introduction of EAP Service

Sanwa Shutter Corporation introduced an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in August 2019 to promote mental health. With this service, a specialist counselor (clinical psychologist, industrial counselor) provides counseling on employee concerns and worries, such as their work, workplace, and personal relations.

Workshop to Seek the "Sanwa Way"

A workshop titled "The Sanwa Way" was held for mid-level employees of domestic Sanwa Group companies to strengthen engagement with the Group's shared values.

Initiatives of the Sanwa Group Health & Safety Month

Entry from "My Healthy Meal"

As a first step for improving the physical and mental wellbeing of every employee, starting in FY2019 the Sanwa Group has designated May as Sanwa Group Health & Safety Month. During May, we carry out multiple health promotion initiatives.
During the first attempt in FY2019 , we asked employees to set their own targets for improving their habits and carried out the “My Health Declaration” initiative to encourage changes in behavior.
During the second Health & Safety Month in FY2020, we carried out the “My Healthy Meal” initiative where employees can manage their health even when they are at home. Information provided over our intranet and through our company newsletter is fostering even greater employee engagement.