Occupational Safety and Health Initiatives
In January 2017, Chugai established the Basic Rules on Environmental Protection and Occupational Safety and Health, which combined previously separated rules, to move toward integrated management of EHS issues. Based on the principle that ensuring the safety of employees is the first priority in all business operations, and to promote health and productivity management, Chugai is actively working to ensure safety and prevent occupational injuries, maintain and improve health, and form comfortable workplace environments.
Health Management System
Chugai has occupational physicians, nurses, psychologists, health officers and other occupational health staffs to provide necessary support not only for employees who are unwell or on leave due to illness or injury, but for all employees who need consideration for their health condition at work, including those with abnormalities found in health checkups, those who work long hours, pregnant women, and employees with disabilities. Health staff, human resource managers and workplace supervisors cooperate as shown in the diagram below.
Basic Health Management Structure
Support for Return to Work after Mental Health Leave
Support for employees returning to work after mental health leave is conducted under the same framework as shown above, with ongoing, individualized support programs as described below. We found that with these programs, the relapse-free job attendance rate within the first year improves.* Chugai also conducts ongoing awareness activities including training for managers on promoting understanding of mental health problems and dealing with them appropriately.
Flow of Return-to-Work Program
- *: Namba, K. Sangyo Eiseigaku Zasshi 2012, 54(6), 276-285.
Work Support Measures for Employees with Cancer
Chugai has further enhanced supportive working conditions for employees undergoing cancer treatment, to ensure they can focus on their treatment while enjoying peace of mind as they continue to work. In 2015, we prepared a “Working Support Handbook for Cancer Patients” and offered it to all employees. We continue to maintain a consultation system for carrying out measures in accordance with treatment conditions and a support system for working during outpatient treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Coordination between internal help and hotlines
Staff in charge of health, career, harassment and compliance hotlines and helplines meet regularly to cooperate and support problem-solving. We also use opportunities such as employee training to make hotlines and helplines known.
Regular meetings are held at various levels between the Company and the Chugai Pharmaceutical Workers’ Union to improve communication and to build cooperative, sound labor-management relations based on trust.
The Chugai Pharma Manufacturing Workers’ Union was established in 2009. In the same year, it joined with the Chugai Pharmaceutical Workers’ Union to form the Federation of Chugai Workers’ Unions. Since 2010, the Chugai Group has been conducting labor-management consultations under a collective labor agreement. The Federation of Chugai Workers’ Unions had 4,226 members as of December 31, 2020.