Plant safety

Plant safety begins and ends with people, such that each employee can make a difference.

Tosoh’s approach to safety revolves around a proactive, groupwide culture that promotes personal responsibility in observing laws and ordinances. That approach also encompasses measurable plans that guide everyone’s actions, the careful management of facilities to prevent accidents and disasters, education and training in emergency systems and related technologies, the elimination of accidents and disasters through meticulous analysis, the building of trust through openness and dialogue with the community, and checks and balances designed to improve subsequent action plans.

Tosoh strives to prevent accidents and lost-time incidents by implementing an occupational safety and health management system (OSHMS), which includes the risk assessment of processes and facilities and the analysis of close-call incidents. Our safety assurance activities were strengthened in fiscal 2011 with an examination chiefly of the initiatives and conditions of the production divisions in the Nanyo Complex by independent Risk and Crisis Management (RCM) project teams. Other such efforts focused on the Yokkaichi Complex. Meetings to exchange information on safety-related matters were held for four group companies in the Toyama region and for two in the Miyazaki region to bolster safety throughout our organization in fiscal 2011.

Despite these efforts, the number of incidents in fiscal 2011 increased compared with the previous fiscal year. Two lost-time incidents were reported by the parent company in fiscal 2011 and seven were reported by parent-company affiliates. Tosoh, therefore, continues to make improvements toward eliminating accidents and lost-time incidents.

To raise safety awareness among workers and to reduce occupational accidents, Tosoh maintains a database of accidents, occupational injuries, and close calls from inside and outside the group. Reporting and sharing experiences of close calls and analyzing the data yield valuable insights into ways to prevent similar incidents and to execute safety measures.

Chemical and product safety

Chemical and product safety is assured through strict compliance and optimal management. Tosoh promotes product safety through global and domestic activities, and undertakes initiatives to remain compliant with environmental regulations.

The 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, held in Johannesburg, set goals for minimizing the environmental and health impact of chemical products and their manufacturing by 2020. That summit led to the establishment in 2006 of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management as a policy framework for promoting chemical safety worldwide.

Tosoh is a signatory to the Japan Chemical Industry Association’s declaration of support for the Responsible Care Global Charter promulgated by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) in connection with that framework. Through this charter and the execution of the Global Product Safety strategy (GPS), our entire supply chain and management of chemicals are being strengthened.

The Japan Challenge Program is a government-industry collaboration launched in 2005. Tosoh works with that program to collect data on and evaluate substances to promote chemical safety. The Japan Chemical Industry Association, meanwhile, is developing a Japanese version of the GPS initiative in which Tosoh is engaged. Tosoh has participated in the development of what is known as the Japan Initiative of Product Stewardship (JIPS) from the outset to strengthen product safety domestically.

Tosoh complies with revisions to Japan’s Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture. The revision in fiscal 2011 requires annual notification be made by manufacturers of new chemical substances as well as those already in use. This is applicable when both the old and new substances are manufactured and transported above a set amount. Tosoh is therefore working with its business units to confirm manufactured and transported volumes as well as applications.

We also are registering substances designated by Europe’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals, or REACH, regulation. During fiscal 2011, we completed the registration of all substances listed under the first-phase deadline of November 30, 2010. We have begun work on the list of the second- phase deadline, set for May of 2013.

Enhancing chemical and product safety is a foremost aim at Tosoh. In this regard, we generate and manage material safety data sheets (MSDS) and labeling in compliance with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. In fiscal 2011, we completed the notification of our compliance with the Classification, Labeling, and Packaging (CLP) Regulation for chemical substances being exported to the European Union.

We also are completing GHS-related activities for designated substances for China and for Korea and Singapore. We completed these activities by the deadlines and will continue to act accordingly as the anticipated introduction of GHS takes place in other countries.