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, these rules are guiding our proactive efforts to ensure safety and prevent occupational injuries, promote health maintenance 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.*1 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
- *1: 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. They also work together in providing employees with training and information.
Change in occupational injury rate and severity
|Number of accidents||Occupational incidence rate*2|
- *2 Number of occupational injuries and deaths per one million hours actually worked, an indication of the occupational incidence rate.
No. of occupational injuries and deaths / No. of hours actually worked x 1,000,000
- *3 Number of workdays lost per one thousand hours actually worked, an indication of occupational incidence severity.
No. of workdays lost / No. of hours actually worked x 1,000
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 4,180 members as of December 31, 2019.