Occupational Safety and Health

As Kureha's business involves handling hazardous materials, disaster prevention and occupational safety are our greatest responsibilities. As such, Kureha is committed to careful equipment and operational management. Moreover, to completely eliminate work-related accidents and earn the further trust of communities, Kureha continually conducts training for emergencies, patrols worksites, and identifies risks.

Occupational Safety and Health Management System

Kureha and all Kureha Group Companies prioritize the safety and health of all our workers and are actively promoting the introduction of an occupational safety and health management system in line with our business activities with the goal of zero occupational accidents.

Occupational Safety and Health Activities

We have created a mechanism that enables employees to quickly share information about accidents when they occur as a means to eliminate personal injuries throughout the Kureha Group. In addition, some Kureha Group domestic companies are conducting peer inspections that allow for identifying hazardous areas and exchanging views from fresh perspectives. Safety monitoring audits have also been under way since fiscal 2019 at overseas group companies. The audits provide opportunities to monitor safety management systems, identify unsafe practices and hazardous areas, inspect worksites with respect to working environments, and otherwise share information about problems. The audits have also led to identifying differences concerning safety awareness among different countries.


■Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate

■Injury Severity Rate

■Lost Time Accidents

Information is reported by calendar year (January to December) based on the documents sent to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and the Japanese Chemical Industry Association.

Occupational Safety and Health Awareness Programs

During National Safety Week in Japan, in the Iwaki Factory, Kureha Group employees attended seminars given by outside lecturers. This period saw business office executives conduct safety patrols and improvements are being undertaken in areas requiring safety measures. Kureha group employees also attended special seminars on lifestyle diseases.
In Kureha's Plastics Processing Factory (Ibaraki), outside lecturers were called in to conduct industrial hygiene talks concerning mental and physical health, with topics covering areas such as the use of effective stress checks and practicing sleep control techniques for improving work efficiency. Efforts were also made to establish an environment that encourages employees to consult with industrial physicians about their health. In the Plastics Processing Factory (Hyogo), a number of events were held that included a forum on heatstroke prevention, a safety workshop, and active listening training for managers.

  • Training session (Iwaki Factory)
  • Training session (Iwaki Factory)

Training session (Iwaki Factory)

Skills Training Center

At the Iwaki Factory, we are working together with Group companies and partners to raise awareness about disaster prevention and occupational safety and health, and to eradicate occupational accidents. As part of that effort, we opened the Training Center in November 2005 where we teach occupational safety through simulations of dangers to people from Kureha, Group Companies, the neighboring areas, and other companies and organizations. Since opening, approximately 40,000 people have participated as of March 2021.

Skills Training Center
Skills Training Center

Eliminating Logistics Accidents

Kureha is working to eradicate all logistics accidents that occur during transportation of our products.
As for products shipped from the Iwaki Factory, Kureha Unyu Co., Ltd., which handles the shipments, collaborates with related in-house departments to prevent accidents. With continuous safety training of Kureha Unyu crew members, strengthening undercarriage inspections, and various other measures, we are working to prevent leaks and other such things that could lead to serious accidents, and also working to reduce delivery errors and all other logistics accidents.
For household wrapping products, such as NEW Krewrap, shipped from our Plastics Processing Factory, we will continue to implement various countermeasures against logistics accidents, such as thorough education of and guidance to our transportation partners and reflecting the results of accident factor analysis in our education plans.
Accidents have been decreasing since fiscal 2018 as a result of these efforts.

■Logistics Accidents