Health and Safety

Approach to Health and Safety

Based on occupational health and safety management system that complies with ISO 45001, an international standard for this area, all our group companies in Japan conduct risk assessments, preliminary health and safety reviews, and inspections of heavy-lift operations. We also offer comprehensive training programs to educate inexperienced operators and supervisors. Our overseas bases are also strengthening their own occupational health and safety management systems. The SCREEN Group in Japan aims for zero occupational accidents that cause four or more working days to be lost. To this end, we strive to reduce the frequency rate of occupational accidents* and the number of points accumulated in the SCREEN Group’s proprietary internal occupational accident rating system.

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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.

Healthy Work Environments

At the SCREEN Group, in order to maintain a healthy workplace environment and to prevent illness, we are working on employees’ health management through the goals we have set in reducing sick leave.

Comprehensive Health Check-ups

Starting in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, employees aged 40 and older are required to undergo a comprehensive medical check-up. This is optional for employees under 40. These check-ups cover a wide range of items, leading to the early detection of diseases or signs of illness.

Healthier Eating Habits

Another initiative we started in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020 was upgrading the company cafeteria. This is a joint labor–management effort aimed at improving the health of cafeteria users. Steps to help raise employees’ awareness of health include enhancing the menu to provide healthier dishes, using nutrient-rich rice and healthier seasonings, and showing the origin of the ingredients as well as their calorific value and salt content. We also conduct regular surveys so that we can continue improving the cafeteria and thereby boost employees’ satisfaction.

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.

Fitness Campaigns

At the SCREEN Group, to promote employees’ health, each year we hold a fitness campaign that focuses on everyday themes, such as walking, weight and blood pressure measurement, and the recording of sleep hours. Through this initiative, we aim to reduce the rate of sick leave days*, which has recently been on the rise.

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Health and Productivity Certification

In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, we received certification under the Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program 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
Prioritize the safety of our employees and their families
Fulfil our product and service supply obligations to our customers 

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
Bousaiz
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. We have made the training of product safety experts a priority measure under our product environment, health and safety (EHS) activities.