Safe and Healthy Working Environment

Basic Policy and Approach

We established a “Basic Policy on Disaster Prevention, Health and Safety” with the aim of protecting the health and safety of employees, maintaining a safe and pleasant workplace environment, and ensuring that work can be carried out smoothly. In addition, each employee plays their own role in maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and in taking proactive measures to prevent disasters or the recurrence of accidents, in line with the company’s“ Code of Conduct”.

Basic Policy on Disaster Prevention, Health and Safety

  1. We protect the health and safety of employees and create a safe and pleasant workplace environment in which they can fully demonstrate their talents and abilities.
  2. To realize “safe and stable operations” and fulfill “our responsibility to supply to our customers,” which constitute our duty as a manufacturer, all employees participate in health and safety initiatives and continuously implement the plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle for our health and safety policies
  3. We promote true safety enhancement by observing laws and regulations related to occupational health and safety, by implementing educational opportunities, by enhancing public awareness, and by carrying out risk assessment.

(Basic Health and Safety Regulations, Article 7)

Agreement with the Labor Union

Renesas entered into a labor agreement that contains the following provisions regarding “health and safety.”

Agreement regarding “health and safety” at Renesas Electronics Corporation (From “Labor Agreement,” Chapter 7)

Article 94: Health and Safety

  1. The Company shall take necessary measures for health and safety in the workplace.
  2. The Company shall establish a Safety and Health Committee for each place of business to achieve the purpose described in the preceding Paragraph and as necessary, install facilities, lend protective equipment and employ a physician.
  3. Union members shall observe the necessary matters provided for by the Company to prevent harm and accidents and ensure health.
  4. The Union may express opinions to the Company regarding health and safety.

Article 95: Safety and Health Committee

  • The Safety and Health Committee described in Paragraph 2 of the preceding Article shall consist of the chairperson designated by the head of the place of business and the committee members appointed by the head of the place of business.

Article 96: Education and Training for Health and Safety

  • The Company shall provide the Union members with the necessary education and training for health and safety for the prevention of harm and accidents and the promotion of health maintenance.

Article 97: Medical Examination

  • The Company shall provide medical examinations for Union members once or more per year.

Our activities

In order to “preserve the health and safety of employees and create a safe and pleasant workplace environment in which they can fully demonstrate their talents and abilities,” we set up health and safety management teams, composed of health and safety officers, at each site and group company in Japan, and these teams work in line with the “Renesas Electronics Group Disaster Prevention, Health and Safety Management Policy” which is discussed at the “Companywide Health and Safety Conference”, which is held regularly. In addition, activities are made to disseminate policies and information of various sorts related to health and safety among group companies as well as independent contractors working at their facilities, and disaster prevention and health and safety initiatives are undertaken by the whole Renesas Group.

Additionally, health and safety personnel located in overseas sites disseminate health and safety–related targets and information, participate in efforts to prevent industrial accidents, and work to strengthen the health and safety management of the Renesas Group overall.

 

Efforts to Ensure a Safe and Healthy Workplace

  • Management Targets
  • We are committed to creating workplaces where employees can engage their jobs safely and in good health and we are all working to achieve the global target of “zero occupational accidents with days away from work (note)”. When accidents do occur, efforts are made to share information throughout the company and to raise awareness in order to prevent future recurrences.

    Note: 1 day away from work or more resulting from occupational accidents

  • Safety Initiatives
  • Renesas’ manufacturing sites and design facilities are working proactively to prevent industrial accidents through an occupational health and safety management system that identifies risks and implements countermeasures using risk management and KY (kiken yochi or “hazard prediction”) initiatives. In addition, direct employees at factories undergo regular monthly health and safety education.

    When industrial accidents occur at sites outside of Japan, our health and safety personnel make efforts to track down the causes, and then provide advice and guidance for preventing recurrence where necessary. In addition, information on industrial accidents is shared across Renesas Group companies to raise awareness. As a whole, Renesas Group companies are working to prevent recurrence through the consistently applied management, tracking, and sharing of information on industrial accidents.

  • Health Initiatives
  • In addition to medical examinations for all employees and medical examinations at the time of hiring, all employees handling dangerous chemicals or working the night shift receive special medical examinations, or medical examinations specifically for employees performing such designated jobs.

    Occupational health physicians, nurses, and our own health and safety staff work together with a focus on maintaining and improving physical health, ensuring good mental health, and preventing burn out. They carry out medical examinations for employees working excessive overtime, follow-up on the results of these medical examinations, and arrange consultation and guidance from occupational health physicians referencing the results of stress checks based on the “guidelines for maintaining and improving the mental health of workers” established by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. They also implement measures to reduce stress as well as provide mental health education based on analysis of the departments in which high-stress individuals work. In addition, a permanent and full-scale telecommuting system has been introduced as a new way to work under the “new normal,” and its adoption is expanding. Starting this fiscal year, items for assessing one’s stress level of working from home have been added to the standard stress check.

    In addition, Renesas is collaborating with a health insurance association to reduce the number of persons at risk of disease by disseminating health information via a smartphone app, offering online medical examinations using telecommunications equipment to link to medical institutions, providing tailored health guidance and advice for the prevention of serious illness, and implementing 24-hour telephone consultations and counseling with outside institutions, principally for mental health care.

    When events such as a large-scale outbreak of infectious disease affecting multiple countries occurs, we issue instructions covering government directives from various countries, collect information involving all sites, and offer a set of unified global response measures to prevent employees from becoming infected such as restrictions of business trips. We also provide support in the form of supplies such as hygiene products when necessary.

 

This fiscal year, in response to COVID-19, a taskforce was promptly established under the leadership of the CEO to rapidly roll out measures to prevent infection of employees, customers, and suppliers, both inside and outside the company, in compliance with directives from governments and related agencies throughout the entire Renesas Group. In addition to quickly implementing thorough health measures in offices, distributing masks to employees, and making telecommuting available throughout the company, we put the health and safety of our employees and their families first, by taking measures to prevent the spread of infection and create an environment in which employees could work with peace of mind, such as globally shortening work hours and suspending operations where appropriate.

Creating a Pleasant Workplace Environment

Promoting Work-Life Balance

In line with our Action Policy of “maintaining a work environment that respects work-life balance,” we set our “Work-Life Balance Promotion Month” from April through to May each year, efforts are made to maintain an environment oriented toward reducing long work hours and encouraging employees to utilize their planned annual paid leaves, and we promote activities emphasizing “mental and physical health for employees”.

We set a motto to maintain an appropriate balance in work and life: “working during work time and resting during rest time”. The aim is to achieve a synergy between “work” and “life” with ample vacation and leisure time to refresh the mind and body while realizing a way of working that combines quality of work and effective utilization of time.

 

Our Action Policy

  1. Maintaining an appropriate balance in work and life, “working during work time and resting during rest time,” is the key goal. A good balance between “work” and “life” is essential, and by enhancing the quality of “life” we can also improve the quality of “work.”
  2. With regards to “work,” we will continue our endeavors to reduce long work hours, encourage employees to utilize vacation days, eliminate industrial accidents and accidents occurring while commuting to and from work, and provide mental health care.
  3. With regards to “life,” we have designed initiatives to give employees more awareness of their fatigue levels and enable them to understand for themselves the necessity of rest, as well as activities aimed at providing employees with a sense of fulfillment and refreshment in their everyday lives, from the viewpoint of “mental and physical health for employees”.

As a result of these actions, the total work hours per employee in 2019 was 1,977.6 hours (a monthly average of 164.8 hours), and the average number of annual paid vacation days taken among labor union members was 18.1 days (Reference: the overall average of annual paid vacation days taken in 2018, surveyed by Japanese Electrical Electronic & Information Union, was 15.9 days).

Industrial Accidents

We track all industrial accidents that cause operational shutdowns on a global basis and work to prevent the occurrence of such accidents through measures such as information-sharing. The number of industrial accidents causing operational shutdowns was 13 in 2018, seven in 2019, and just two in the first half of 2020.

 

Rate of "Occupational Accidents with Days Away from Work" [Overall Renesas Group]

 

Breakdown (by Region) of "Occupational Accidents with Days Away from Work"

Number of Accidents 2018 2019 First half of 2020
Japan 4 3 1
US 5 2 0
Europe 0 0 0
Other Asia 4 2 1

Contributing to SDGs

Renesas’ efforts in Safe and Healthy Working Environment contributes to these Sustainable Development Goals targets:

8.8 Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment