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Health and Safety


Our basic approach and strategy

As an occupational health and safety initiative, Unicharm Group strives to ensure thorough health and safety management in the workplace with the Unicharm Group Action Guidelines in order to realize our “Pledge to Associates,” to prevent workplace accidents and to ensure that our employees can work safely and securely.

Basic Policy for Health Management

  1. Employees give priority to primary prevention and strive to improve lifestyle habits based on the idea of protecting one's health through one's own actions.
  2. The company provides a safe and comfortable environment so that employees can enjoy a fulfilling workplace and fully exercise their abilities.
  3. The Human Resources Division properly uses and manages personal information such as medical examination results and promotes health management with collaborators inside and outside the company.

Being thorough with Workplace Safety and Industrial Health Management

To prevent workplace accident and ensure that employees can work safely and comfortably, we strictly implement safety and health management and work toward zero accident. At the same time, we give top priority to ensuring employing safety at all times, do not force employees into excessive labor or overtime and provide a work environment in which safety and health managers play a central role. Managers will also keep an eye on the mental and physical health of their subordinates and promptly respond when they find an issue.

Management structure

The Iki-Iki Health Promotion Office was opened in 2017 to assist employees with physical and mental health management. We have also implemented an occupational safety and health management system (OSHMS) focused on manufacturing in order to continuously maintain and improve our health and safety activities and have specified a PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) process to promote ongoing health and safety management on an autonomous basis that assists in preventing workplace accidents, promotes worker health, creates a comfortable work environment and improves our activities for enhancing safety and health standards. OSHMS operations ensure that all employees have set objectives for health and safety activities with clear roles and responsibilities. Along with regular visits by top management including plant managers who are assigned as health and safety manager, this system allows the identification of latent risks for occupational injuries and diseases and revision of health and safety activities.

In Japan, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare sets out OSHMS guidelines.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has also sets out OSHMS guidelines as international standards. Japan's guidelines conform to the ILO standards.

We also have third-party organizations monitor our manufacturing sites in and outside of Japan. This monitoring serves to identify issues with long working hours, occupational safety, wages and building safety so we can make improvements.

In order to create a safe and comfortable workplace, we have established a Health and Safety Committee with selected employees, labor union representatives and occupational physicians. The committee meets once per month regarding activities to improve the workplace environment, prevent workplace accidents and eliminate vehicle accidents. Important actions from a PDCA perspective are reported to the directors through management meetings. Actions related to safety that have been approved by the directors are implemented as activities in each department. Progress is reported to the directors in the Health and Safety Committee and periodic reports with their decisions on actions and instructions for improvements being issued to implement the PDCA cycle for safety activities.

Additionally, by using the company intranet, we post “Health Lab,” health promotion information, and “Overseas Support Information,” information on safety/security and health issues (e.g., HIV, AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria) in foreign countries, which is provided as needed to employees going on business trips to other countries.


With the aim of zero workplace accidents and a 10 percent reduction in overtime over the previous fiscal year, production-focused top managers visit sites to promote PDCA for occupational health and safety. In FY2017, both the workplace accident frequency rate and the workplace accident severity rate were below the industry average and ongoing improvements were realized in FY2018.

  • Please see Human Resources Data for the workplace accident frequency rate and the workplace accident severity rate.

With telework and working interval programs, a monthly no-overtime day and premium Friday across the entire company, we are realizing the creation of well-balanced way to work. We have also clarified priorities, with employees thoroughly managing their actions by creating weekly plans for effective use of work time in order to promote reductions in working hours and the creation of a worthwhile working environment.

Company-wide safety conventions

We hold company-wide safety conventions as part of our efforts to ensure employee safety. The 16th convention was held in FY2018 at the Central Plant, Shikoku Factory, Unicharm Products Co., Ltd. President Ishikawa addressed all factories with the company's wish for the safety of all employees, which has been imbued in the company's sazareishi (breccia stone) monument (a metaphor for longevity). Senior executives continue to espouse the company's commitment to safety as an asset and that safety takes precedence over all and announced their determination to reduce dangerous situations and to not allow dangerous acts.

The 16th company-wide safety convention
Unicharm Products Co., Ltd.
Awards ceremony

Health and Safety Committee

Health and Safety Committee

Unicharm's “Health and Safety Committee” consists of industrial doctors and elected commissioners from the company and the labor union. The Committee implements various activities once a month, including activities related to improving the working environment and preventing work-related accidents, as well as carrying out campaigns to eliminate vehicle accidents. We have also implemented workplace improvement activities and promotion activities for new 2019 Japanese regulations that require the consumption of a minimum number of paid holidays and implemented telework and working interval programs, a monthly no-overtime day and premium Friday to create a well-balanced way to work. We have also clarified priorities, with employees thoroughly managing their actions by creating weekly plans for effective use of work time in order to promote reductions in working hours and the creation of a worthwhile working environment.

Promoting employee health

Body Composition Measurement Event
Health and Productivity

In order to make it possible for employees to be both healthy in body and mind and highly productive, we have implemented ongoing health and safety activities and improved facilities so that in FY2018, there were no fatal workplace accidents. Active promotion of annual health checkups resulted in a 100% uptake rate in FY2018. As an early prevention measure for female breast cancer and cervical cancer, it is essential for all female employees, regardless of age, to receive gynecological checkups the costs of which are fully paid by the company. With October designated as Pink Ribbon Month, we gave out pink ribbon badges and educational books to employees, providing our employees, their families and people close to them with the opportunity to think about breast cancer.

To shift health management practices from treatment to prevention, we began in FY2016 administering a stress check, providing self-care training to all employees, carrying out health awareness-raising activities by health nurses once per month, holding body composition measurement events and, based on health nurse advice, making efforts for improving the everyday life of employees. We also initiated a health management training session for employees in their 30s to convey the importance of changing lifestyle habits from an early stage and being more health conscious.

Furthermore, on January 1, 2016, we completely banned smoking across the entire company.

We also introduced an employee support program by which our employees and their families can consult with external counselors about their worries and troubles, in order to facilitate their realization of fulfilling and healthy lives without worries. In terms of health and safety education in FY2018, we conducted various kinds of training and education, such as e-learning for mental health and lifesaving training for emergencies, to a total of 1,793 people.
In recognition of these efforts, Unicharm was recognized both in 2018 and 2019 as a Certified Health and Productivity Management Outstanding Organization.

Human Resources Data


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