Safety and disaster prevention are among the most important responsibilities of a chemical manufacturing company. Kureha manages its facilities and operations in strict compliance with relevant laws and regulations as well as voluntary safety standards set to best protect its employees and community. Moreover, in order to enhance our preparedness for emergent situations, comprehensive safety and emergency drills are regularly implemented at our plants, in addition to various safety training held in each manufacturing section throughout the year.
Disaster prevention and emergency drills
The Iwaki Factory
On October 29, Kureha conducted a comprehensive disaster prevention and emergency drill at the Iwaki Factory, with an assumption that an earthquake of seismic intensity of 6 lower occurred in the Iwaki area.
About 1,450 employees of the Kureha Group participated in the drill, which included a simulation exercise to fight against a fire caused by chemical leak. Kureha members also put in practice the lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake back in 2011 and performed all the exercises swiftly and efficiently. The whole drill was conducted under the supervision of 27 officials and members from the Iwaki City Fire Department, the Iwaki City South Police Department, the Iwaki City Environment Monitoring Center and also nearby community districts.
The Plastics Processing Factory
A major disaster prevention and emergency drill was held at the Plastics Processing Factory in Ibaraki Prefecture on April 26. The members of local fire departments supervised the entire drill and confirmed that the factory’s fire protection equipment and disaster prevention management were all in place and well-functioning. In the drill, use of electric transceivers was newly adopted so as to facilitate communication among disaster management members in and outside the factory.
Top management inspection for disaster prevention measures
Kureha continues to seek uncompromising standards for security and safety at our manufacturing plants. On September 6 at the Iwaki factory, annual disaster prevention inspection was conducted by Kureha’s CEO and Responsible Care Committee members. They walked through the plant and observed the safety and disaster prevention activities demonstrated at all the manufacturing facilities. They also participated in the emergency drill themselves, assuming a large earthquake and an incident of gas leak, and confirmed safety and disaster preventions measures at first hand.