Risk management system
We have established a risk management system led by the CSR Committee, so that in the case that we face/predict a serious risk, we can take prompt and appropriate action and ensure sound business operation.
We have prepared a risk map, in which risk items for each job level are organized according to the degree of importance and urgency.
We regularly review and revise this risk map. The development of a disaster prevention/reduction scheme that enables a quick response to emergencies is underway, including the setup of emergency Company headquarters in the case of earthquakes or other disasters. After the January 8 accident, we have increased efforts to both develop alternative production systems for emergencies and prevent similar fires or explosions.
Risk management education
We have newly developed a curriculum for "risk management" designed for training of all job classes, where we explain how risk management is positioned and emphasized in CSR and actual cases of crisis at Aichi Steel to heighten employees' risk awareness and ensure they understand what to do to prevent crisis occurrence/recurrence and initial actions to take when a crisis occurs.
To prevent risk events from occurring, and to ensure the January 8 accident is never forgotten, we are working to transfer this understanding of risk management to all our employees, and to build a culture of trust with all stakeholders.
Disaster prevention measures
Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, we established the Earthquake Preparedness Committee, under which three subcommittees—the Human Safety, Facility Safety, and Production Recovery Subcommittees—were set up to enhance our earthquake preparedness. We are also working to improve our BCM (Business Continuity Management) plans.
In December 2016, we completed construction on a new administration building with a seismically isolated structure and private electric generators, and finished transferring our computer and server installations, to avoid operation stoppages and enable rapid recovery in the event of a large earthquake.
In fiscal 2016, the following measures were taken by each subcommittee.
Human Safety Subcommittee
Measures to ensure the safer evacuation of people
- Educating employees through regular publication of “Disaster Prevention News”
- Replenishing and stocking sufficient food and other emergency relief supplies
- Regular evacuation drills
- Early-stage fire extinguishing, transporting injured people to hospital, etc.
- Evacuating to a high place in the case of a tsunami
- Prompt safety checks
Facility Safety Subcommittee
Measures to prevent injury from buildings and other structures during earthquakes
- Promoting measures to prevent equipment from collapsing or falling over so that people can evacuate safely (ongoing)
- Installed battery-run emergency lights in the building and on the grounds
- Reviewing necessary countermeasures and check for any omissions, using the Kumamoto Earthquakes as a reference
Production Recovery Subcommittee
Measures to ensure products are delivered promptly to customers
- Reinforcing facilities to prevent fatal damage due to earthquakes or liquefaction (ongoing)
- Establishing a restoration organization using obeya for times of large-scale emergencies or accidents
- Storing extra essential parts as preparation for any damage to equipment
- Backed up information systems and data
Disaster prevention system
Disaster prevention measures at new administration building: Seismic isolation rubber bearings
Liquefaction measures: Redesigned in-plant transformer substation