Safety and Disaster Preparedness
Our plants operate in a close relationship with local communities.
Kaneka Group works to ensure that its plants earn the confidence of local communities through a variety of safety-related initiatives aimed at maximizing safety and security.
Targeting Zero Process Accidents
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Safety is a top management priority for the Kaneka Group, and we have various initiatives aimed at completely eliminating process accidents. Despite our efforts, 20 process accidents occurred in fiscal 2016. In particular, there were a large number of accidents at the plants of Group companies outside Japan; therefore, the entire Kaneka Group is working on improving the level of safety techniques, including on-site safety inspections and instructions. We will continue these activities to promote safe and secure business operations.
■Basic Safety Policies
- ◇ Safety forms our management foundation, and is the basis of all corporate activities.
- ◇ Safety is the foundation of local and worldwide communities’ confidence in Kaneka.
- ◇ Safety is based on our belief that “All accidents can be prevented.”
- ◇ Safety is the responsibility of every employee in accordance with his/her duties.
- ◇ Safety must be maintained continuously.
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In fiscal 2016, as in previous years, we held comprehensive disaster drills at all parent plants, as shown in the table below. Based on a scenario postulating a large-scale earthquake, fire due to leaked dangerous substances, and other disasters, we carry out disaster drills to enhance emergency response capacity, including joint emergency training with local fire departments.
■Comprehensive Disaster Drills
|Takasago Plant||December 7, 2016||2,356||The plant held a joint firefighting drill with the Takasago City Fire Department based on the scenario of an earthquake resulting in a harmful gas leak, and a fire outbreak due to aftershocks.|
|Osaka Plant||February 24, 2017||996||The plant held a joint emergency and evacuation drill with the Settsu City Fire Department and the city office based on the scenario of an earthquake resulting in a harmful gas leak.|
|Shiga Plant||November 22, 2016||395||The plant held a firefighting and evacuation drill based on the scenario of an earthquake resulting in a building on fire.|
|Kashima Plant||November 21, 2016||240||The plant held firefighting training based on the scenario of fire outbreak at the time of pumping hazardous substances into a storage tank.|
Emergency drill at the Shiga Plant
Plant Safety Initiatives
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To prevent explosions and fire accidents, we will continue to implement efforts to reduce the risk of accidents by hearing the opinions of experts to establish control standards for high-boiling-point substances and also determine the safety of tank conversion for construction of plants outside Japan. We will continue to improve these safety techniques to ensure the safety of our plants.
Check & Act
20 process accidents occurred in fiscal 2016, showing an increase from the 14 in fiscal 2015. Many of the accidents occurred in a non-steady state at Group companies outside Japan; thus, we will provide on-site instructions and improve the safety management level.
Fire at Foam Extrusion Equipment at the Osaka Plant
At about 3 p.m. on July 1, 2016, a foam material caught fire when extruded polystyrene foam boards were being produced at the Osaka Plant in Settsu, Osaka, and we notified the public fire department. Employees promptly extinguished the fire using extinguishers, resulting in no casualties or property damage being caused. We apologize to local residents and anyone affected by the disturbance.
Cause of Accident
It is thought that when the extruded polystyrene foam boards were removed from the production line and built up at the time of switching product types, static electricity was generated, which ignited flammable gas.
Safety Measures to Prevent a Recurrence
The mechanism of ignition was clarified in our laboratory. We will strive to prevent reoccurrence by strengthening antistatic measures from equipment and management perspectives and taking these measures at other plants.