Health and Safety

Approach to Health and Safety

The SCREEN Group is working to eliminate all occupational accidents that cause four or more lost working days and we have implemented various health and safety measures to achieve this. Our occupational health and safety management system complies with OHSAS18001, a major international standard for this area.
Our Japanese operations conduct full risk assessments of workplaces while equipment undergoes advance examination and inspection at the time of installation. We also offer comprehensive training programs to educate inexperienced operators and supervisors. Our overseas bases are in the process of strengthening their own systems. In addition, the Group EHS Committee closely monitor conditions leading to the occurrence of accidents and injuries Group-wide and this data is reported at the Management Committee.
Under Phase IV of Green Value 21, we are aiming for zero occupational accidents that cause four or more lost working days. We are also striving to reduce the number of points accumulated in the SCREEN Group’s proprietary internal occupational accident point system.

Frequency Rate of Occupational Accidents

The frequency of occupational accidents at SCREEN facilities continues to be significantly below the industry average.

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Health and Safety Activities

In 2012, we established the Green Value Awards, a Group-wide system to recognize those who have made an important contribution to our environment, health and safety (EHS) activities. In the period ended March 2018, we presented an award to SCREEN SPE Service Co., Ltd. (SESV) for the development of improved safety tools.
SESV is our Group company responsible for the provision of field services related to semiconductor production equipment. Around 10 years ago, an incident occurred at a customer site in which chemical adhered to the bodies of SESV employees who were wearing borrowed protective aprons during work. This led to calls for better ways to protect staff and for better tools.
While SESV investigated commercially available protective aprons, types that covered the whole body were generally heavy and tended to cause sweating, making work difficult. In response, the company developed the Sebapron, a lightweight chemical-resistant version that is easy to work in even for longer periods.
SESV has since released the Sebapron commercially and it has gradually been adopted by customers for work performed at their own facilities. In this way, SESV has also been able to make a significant contribution to the safety of the semiconductor industry.

Health Management

Approach to Health Management

The SCREEN Group is committed to creating a healthy and safe environment in which employees can work with confidence. This includes cooperating with all employees to develop a comprehensive health maintenance and promotion plan. Group members are strongly encouraged to receive regular health check-ups. We have achieved 100% compliance with Japanese employees and are continuing to recommend these checks to overseas staff.
We are also working to reduce sick leave by targeting potential health risks that are causing an increasing number of employees to be absent for extended periods. These risks are often discovered due to abnormal results during health check-ups or may be the result of physical illness. As part of these efforts, we hold regular tailor-made fitness campaigns that are designed to raise individual awareness of the importance of health maintenance.
As specified in Phase IV of Green Value 21, our current health-related goals are to achieve year on year decreases in the rate of sick leave days and to promote workplaces that are free of passive smoking.

Reducing Sick Leave

In the year ended March 2019, the ratio for the number of sick leave days taken by employees was 0.615%. This did not enable us to reach our goal of achieving a decrease from the previous fiscal year.

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Eliminating Passive Smoking

The Group has implemented a variety of policies to ensure a healthy and safe environment in which employees can work with confidence. They include ongoing steps to reduce exposure to passive smoking at all business facilities.
In the year ended March 2018, the ratio for potential exposure to passive smoking was cut to less than 25% Group-wide. This was achieved thanks to measures such as the shortening of allowed smoking periods and the elimination of indoor smoking areas, which represent a risk of exposure.

Improving Mental Healthcare

We have introduced a range of measures to address mental health issues, including stress checks and e-learning courses on self-care and support by senior staff in the workplace. In addition, when necessary, public health nurses, doctors specializing in occupational medicine and staff from external employee assistance programs (EAP) can be called on to provide individual support and discussion.
The Group also operates a recovery program for those who must take temporary leave due to mental health issues. Our goals are to help them return to work as quickly as possible and to prevent any relapse in their condition.

Health and Productivity (White 500) Certification

In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, for the second consecutive year we received cer t i f icat ion under the Cer t i f ied Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program (White 500) promoted by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry.

Business Continuity Management for Natural Disasters

Business Continuity Management for Responding to Natural Disasters

Training drill held at the disaster response headquarters at SCREEN Holdings

The SCREEN Group’s environment, health and safety (EHS) action policy includes a commitment to improving our ability to respond to large-scale natural disasters and we are constantly working to strengthen this area in our business continuity management (BCM) system. We have also been promoting BCM as a key CSR issue. Our goal is to minimize damage and ensure the continuation and early resumption of business operations in the event of natural disasters and other emergencies.
In May 2012, we formulated the Business Continuity Management Regulations, which provide guidelines on BCM promotion, management and implementation structure. Accordingly, in the event of an emergency such as a large-scale earthquake or outbreak of pandemic influenza, a disaster response headquarters will be established and headed by the president of the holding company. We also undertake regular training and practice drills to ensure all individual disaster response offices are well prepared.

Basic BCM Policy for Natural Disasters

  1. Prioritize the safety of our employees and their families
  2. Fulfil our product and service supply obligations to our customers 

Under Phase IV of Green Value 21, we have set two main goals for the implementation of these BCM activities. They are to achieve improvements by conducting practice drills at least once a year and to firmly establish a system for operating the disaster response offices by implementing action plans including the application of the Bousaiz information sharing system.

Initial Response to Disasters

In the fiscal year ended March 2014, an emergency communication system was introduced to facilitate prompt confirmation of the safety of all Group officers and employees inside Japan as well as a first response in the event of an earthquake with a seismic intensity of upper 5 or higher. At the same time, we started to use Bousaiz, a system for sharing information on the state of damage and response measures between disaster response offices. Together these systems will help us to quickly return to normal operation if an emergency occurs.
In addition, survival cards listing earthquake survival tips have been distributed to all Group officers and employees inside Japan. These measures are part of our ongoing efforts to remind employees of the basics and rules of disaster response.

Safety confirmation system
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Survival card

ISO 22301 BCMS Certification Acquisition

The SCREEN Holdings head office and Hikone Plant and Taga Plant, which include manufacturing facilities for SCREEN Semiconductor Solutions Co., Ltd. and SCREEN Finetech Solutions Co., Ltd., have acquired ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management System certification.

Product Safety

Delivering Safe, Eco-friendly Products

The SCREEN Group is dedicated to providing products that are safe both for their users and the global environment. Each product undergoes a comprehensive risk assessment that takes into account its safety and eco-friendliness throughout the entire product life cycle. We also conduct full safety design and compliance tests to ensure our equipment conforms to international standards including Europe’s Machinery Directive, EMC Directive and so on that required to obtain CE marking.
In our semiconductor production equipment business, we design all systems based on the SEMI S2 Environmental, Health, and Safety Guideline for Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment and then have complete safety evaluations performed by third party organizations before shipment.

Training Product Safety Experts

Training session for product safety experts

We believe it is essential to perform product safety risk assessments right from the initial development and design stages to ensure conformity with international safety standards. For many years, we have operated a product safety risk assessor system that allows our development and design teams to effectively perform this key function.
In Phase IV of Green Value 21, we have made the training of product safety experts a priority measure under our product environment, health and safety (EHS) activities. In the fiscal year ended March 2018, we introduced a new Group-wide certification system and subsequently authorized 47 employees as product safety experts.