Safety Management

NSK’s Approach

The NSK Group has positioned safety as one of its core values. We continuously strive to increase our employees’ safety awareness so that safety will always be their basis for determining the best course of action. We implement various measures based on our Safety Philosophy to protect the safety and health of every employee, and to ensure the safe conduct of everyone in the workplace. Never content with the status quo, we constantly work to further raise the level of safety.

NSK Group’s Safety Philosophy
NSK Group’s Safety Philosophy

We are committed to protecting the safety and health of all employees and business partners working within the NSK Group. This philosophy expresses our conviction that safety takes precedence over any business concern and that corporate activities depend on safety. It is the foundation of each and every NSK Group employee’s mindset. In all our workplaces worldwide, employees take action on one’s own initiative to ensure safety and to create comfortable environments where they can work with peace of mind.

NSK Group Safety Policy
NSK Group Safety Policy

The NSK Group’s safety policy sets out the three priority measures listed above. These guide our efforts to create safe, secure, and comfortable workplaces. To prevent fatal and serious accidents, we engage in “STOP6 + 2” activities and strive to build environments that ensure business partners such as outside contractors can work safely. In our efforts to increase safety awareness, we seek to foster an interdependent (mutually-enlightening) safety culture, and we hold safety culture workshops at our production sites. In addition, as an opportunity to learn about “felt leadership” (leadership that enables workers to understand and “feel” management’s thoughts on safety), we have been holding core value workshops for executive management since fiscal 2020. We also work to give everyone more time to reflect upon NSK’s Four Core Values. For example, we have implemented “Look Across Activities,” which encourage each and every employee to see accidents at other sites as relevant to their own workplace and to reflect on hazardous areas, risks, and safe work practices. We also practice “Core Value Contact,” an activity where employees share their experiences as well as examples of incidents related to safety, fire prevention, and environmental issues at the beginning of meetings. To prevent accident reoccurrence, we systematically conduct risk assessments (RA) to identify risks in both equipment and work procedures and implement improvements accordingly.

The NSK Group has positioned safety as one of its core values. We continuously strive to increase our employees’ safety awareness so that safety will always be their basis for determining the best course of action. We implement various measures based on our Safety Philosophy to protect the safety and health of every employee, and to ensure the safe conduct of everyone in the workplace. Never content with the status quo, we constantly work to further raise the level of safety.

We are committed to protecting the safety and health of all employees and business partners working within the NSK Group. This philosophy expresses our conviction that safety takes precedence over any business concern and that corporate activities depend on safety. It is the foundation of each and every NSK Group employee’s mindset. In all our workplaces worldwide, employees take action on one’s own initiative to ensure safety and to create comfortable environments where they can work with peace of mind.

The NSK Group’s safety policy sets out the three priority measures listed above. These guide our efforts to create safe, secure, and comfortable workplaces. To prevent fatal and serious accidents, we engage in “STOP6 + 2” activities and strive to build environments that ensure business partners such as outside contractors can work safely. In our efforts to increase safety awareness, we seek to foster an interdependent (mutually-enlightening) safety culture, and we hold safety culture workshops at our production sites. In addition, as an opportunity to learn about “felt leadership” (leadership that enables workers to understand and “feel” management’s thoughts on safety), we have been holding core value workshops for executive management since fiscal 2020. We also work to give everyone more time to reflect upon NSK’s Four Core Values. For example, we have implemented “Look Across Activities,” which encourage each and every employee to see accidents at other sites as relevant to their own workplace and to reflect on hazardous areas, risks, and safe work practices. We also practice “Core Value Contact,” an activity where employees share their experiences as well as examples of incidents related to safety, fire prevention, and environmental issues at the beginning of meetings. To prevent accident reoccurrence, we systematically conduct risk assessments (RA) to identify risks in both equipment and work procedures and implement improvements accordingly.

NSK Group’s Safety Philosophy
NSK Group’s Safety Philosophy
NSK Group Safety Policy
NSK Group Safety Policy

System

Organizational Structure for Occupational Health and Safety Management

The NSK Group appreciates the importance of a proactive approach to safety and health in the workplace as the foundation of manufacturing and the key to providing an environment where employees can make the most of their abilities. Accordingly, we established a Safety and Fire-Prevention Enhancement Committee chaired by the president. We also adopt unified priority objectives through two bodies that hold regular meetings on global safety and fire-prevention issues—both for the regional heads of operation and for regional safety and fire-prevention managers.

Global Safety and Fire-Prevention Management System
Safety Management System
Safety Management System

In Japan, company and union representatives participate in the NSK Central Safety and Health Council and the Safety and Health Committee, where they discuss and analyze occupational accidents and share insights on how to further enhance safety measures.

Occupational Health and Safety Management System

The NSK Group has developed an occupational health and safety management system that complies with requirements established by international bodies and other related regulations. We strive to foster a “safety first” culture and to fully engage employees at all sites in safety efforts. We quickly and globally share information on any occupational health and safety incidents that do occur, as well as the corresponding countermeasures, in order to prevent a recurrence of similar incidents.

In fiscal 2021, we continued efforts to acquire certification in the international standard covering occupational health and safety management systems. Eight sites in Japan and 14 sites outside Japan have acquired certification for ISO 45001.*1

*1 The international standard covering occupational health and safety management systems issued by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in March 2018.

Targets and Performance

Sixth Mid-Term Management Plan Targets (FY2019–2021) and the FY2021 Targets and Performance
PolicySixth Mid-Term Management Plan targetsFY2021 targetsFY2021 performance
Prevent fatal and serious accidentsEach production site manages its own PDCA cycle for identifying dangerous spots and their improvementRaise the level of “STOP6 + 2” self-inspection as well as self-driven risk reduction activities at each siteConducted self-inspections at each production site, improved the level of risk identification by performing remote on-site checks, shared best practices for improvement, and instilled self-driven risk reduction activities
Enhance the safety management of outside contractorsConfirm the status of implementation of a guidebook for outside construction management and improve its levelIdentified and improved operational weaknesses by performing inspections using an outside construction safety management check sheet, and improved the level of mutual recognition of outside construction safety management
Increase safety awarenessTrain and implement behavior that increases safety awareness, including KYT*2 and the safety practice of pointing and callingHold a safety culture workshop at more sites in Japan to upgrade the NSK safety culture to an interdependent level
(Plan in FY2021: three sites)
Held an NSK safety culture workshop at three sites in Japan to promote activities to strengthen the safety culture among all employees
Obtain ISO 45001 certification and further enhance the safety managementObtain ISO 45001 certification for 16 sites in Japan and 26 sites outside JapanObtained ISO 45001 certification and began implementing it at 8 sites in Japan and 14 sites outside Japan
(Certification at all remaining sites to be acquired in FY2022)
Newly establish the Safety and Fire Prevention Training Center and foster an advanced safety cultureEnhance remote operation of the Safety and Fire Prevention Training CenterConducted remote training for two fire prevention auditors at each site, and certified seven (total of 32 in Japan), contributing to self-driven fire prevention audits at each site
Prevent accident reoccurrenceExpand “Look Across Activities” (seeing accidents at other sites as relevant to one’s own workplace and learning lessons from those accidents) to operators on the shop floorEnhance “Look Across Activities” so that factory personnel become more fully aware of the risks in their own workplaceImproved factory personnel’s sensitivity to risks by enhancing “Look Across Activities,” including sharing case studies of past accidents
Identify risks through risk assessment of equipment and work procedures and implement measures against those risksImplementation of risk assessment and evaluation of all existing facilities in Japan and elimination of high-risk items
(Promotion of a three-year plan from FY2019 to FY2021)
Completed risk assessment of all existing facilities in Japan and implemented risk item countermeasures
(Completed three-year plan from FY2019 to FY2021)

*2 KYT: Kiken Yochi (hazard prediction) Training

Mid-Term Management Plan 2026 (MTP2026) Targets (FY2022–2026) and the FY2022 Targets
PolicyMTP2026 targetsFY2022 targets
Foster, spread, and instill a culture of safety and fire prevention
  • Instill an interdependent safety culture through the global rollout of NSK safety culture workshops
  • Train safety and fire prevention experts by operating the Safety and Fire Prevention Training Center
  • Deepen mutual understanding of safety culture by broadly sharing information about its significance and rolling out activities to all levels, including conducting NSK safety culture workshops at more sites (conduct at nine sites in Japan)
  • Develop risk assessment promotion leaders (one leader per site in Japan)
  • Continue training and education to have two fire prevention auditors at each site (14 certified)
Build “zero accident” workplacesIdentify and eliminate accident and fire risks by conducting comprehensive risk assessments
  • Develop a risk assessment program covering all operations to reduce operational risks
  • Expand fire risk assessment (cutting process, ball grinding process) and eliminate high risks
Put preventive and predictive technologies in place
  • Introduce and promote preventive and predictive technologies
  • Analyze existing information and use it for preventive measures
  • Create a model for accident prevention by introducing real-time monitoring and wearable systems
  • Increase the level of risk assessments by introducing an AI system to analyze accumulated data such as past fire trouble and risk information

Occupational Safety Measures

The NSK Group employs two approaches to raise individual safety awareness: ongoing activities to increase safety awareness, and initiatives to give people more time to think about safety. Kiken Yochi (hazard prediction) Training (KYT), communication of near-miss incidents, and the safety practice of pointing and calling are implemented at workplaces on an ongoing basis as continuous activities to increase safety awareness. KYT is intended to prevent workers from getting stuck in unconscious routines. Past accidents and near-miss incidents at each workplace are compiled into a booklet, and everyone recites them in unison at morning briefings and other occasions. Our initiatives to give people more time to think about safety include “Look Across Activities,” “Core Value Contact,” and group activities related to safety. In these group activities, safety-related themes are set twice a year for sites in Japan, and improvement activities are carried out with the participation of all employees. Awards are given for outstanding activities.

Increasing Safety Awareness
Pointing and Calling

NSK Group sites in Japan follow the three steps shown on the right in the safety practice of pointing and calling. We also share best practices for this activity company-wide in an effort to spread them to all sites.

Three Steps of Pointing and Calling
Three Steps of Pointing and Calling
Practicing “Core Value Contact” in Each Department

The NSK Group practiced “Safety Contact” at the beginning of meetings, morning briefings, and other occasions from fiscal 2019 to fiscal 2021. In this activity, employees shared their thoughts and ideas about safety. It gave employees more time to think about safety, with the expectation that this would enhance sensitivity to safety issues. The program received positive feedback such as: “It’s easy to relate to stories I hear from people close to me,” and “It allows me to see different ways of thinking about safety in a new light.” “Safety Contact” served as a valuable safety enhancement tool.
Starting in fiscal 2022, the NSK Group expanded the “Safety Contact” program and renamed it “Core Value Contact,” to give employees not only more time to think about safety, but also about the Group’s Four Core Values (Safety, Quality, Environment, and Compliance) and their contribution to the Core Values.

“Look Across Activities”

At the NSK Group, we ask employees to see accidents at other sites as relevant to their own workplaces and examine those incidents to identify similar risks in their surroundings. Countermeasures are then implemented for those identified risks to prevent the recurrence of the accidents. We call these efforts “Look Across Activities.” Carrying out “Look Across Activities,” either on a workplace or individual level, makes it possible to identify new risks and make the working environment safer. These activities also increase communication about safety in the workplace and help to foster an interdependent safety culture in which employees are motivated to challenge one another on the safety of their actions.

Preventing Fatal and Serious Accidents
STOP6 + 2 Activities

The NSK Group conducts “STOP6 + 2” activities as a means of preventing fatal and serious accidents. STOP6 is an initiative for occupational safety designed to prevent fatal and serious accidents. STOP6 classifies accidents in the manufacturing industry into six major types and defines key prevention activities. In addition to the accident types identified by STOP6, the NSK Group addresses “oxygen deficiency and poisoning” and “accidents caused due to an employee working alone” as two additional accident types in its “STOP6 + 2” activities.

Major Accident Types in STOP6 + 2 Activities
Major Accident Types in STOP6 + 2 Activities
Preventing Accident Reoccurrence
Using Video to Share Cases of Accidents

The NSK Group in Japan posts cases of accidents on its intranet to share information. In the past, details of accidents were posted in writing. However, we received feedback that all of the technical terminology made it difficult for employees outside of manufacturing departments to understand the accidents and what caused them. Now, we post videos depicting recreations of accidents, which we believe has made it easier for everyone to “look across” and see how such accidents are relevant to their own workplaces. At some sites, all employees watch these videos together at morning briefings in order to start the day with a heightened awareness of safety.