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Safety, Environment and Quality Assurance Management Structure

 

Basic Policy

Based on the Responsible Care* policy, The Mitsubishi Rayon undertakes business activities under the Basic Policy on Safety, Environment, and Quality Assurance, Action Guidelines on Safety and Environment and Basic Policy on Quality Management.

* Responsible Care:
"Responsible Care" is a voluntary initiative in which companies ensure environmental friendliness, safety and health at all stages of chemical substance usage-from development to production, distribution, use and final disposal-while communicating with the public about these activities and achievements.

Basic Policies on Safety, Environment, and Quality Assurance

・Top priority shall be placed on safety and environment in all business activities, as these are essential for corporate existence.

・We shall supply our customers with satisfactory, safe, and reliable products.

(Established in 1998)

Action Guidelines on Safety and Environment

(1) Comply with any laws and regulations and should take measures over the legal requirement when it is considered necessary.

(2) Any incidents can be prevented and should take measures as it is responsibilities of each individual.

(3) Act with self-responsibility and self-management.

(4) All business activities shall be carried out under consideration for environmental sustainability.

(5) Every possible effort shall be made to uphold safety and reduce environmental burden throughout the entire life cycle of each product.

(6) Education shall be used to improve awareness of safety & environment, with the result put to practical use at the workplace.

(7) Active communication shall be maintained with society to raise the level of corporate transparency.

(8) Scientific and technical means shall be utilized to make improvements on a constant step-by-step basis.

(Established in 1998 and partially revised in 2001)

Policy of Quality Management

To manufacture and supply products that satisfy customers and meet their requirements, the Mitsubishi Rayon Group has established its Safety, Environmental and Quality Management Regulations. The Group takes a thorough approach to quality management through promoting cooperation between the relevant departments, and does its utmost to ensure quality both effectively and economically, thereby achieving its goal of quality assurance.

(Established in 1984)

 

Organization to Promote Safety, Environment and Quality Assurance Management (as of April 1, 2016)

The Mitsubishi Rayon Group's basic policy and measures of Safety, Environment and Quality management are determined by CSR Management Meeting (Chairman: President of Mitsubishi Rayon) which is the decision making body for all CSR activity. And according to these decisions, SEQ committee is established as the body to promote basic policy and measures by top-down type management.

Establishment of the Safety, Environment and Quality Assurance Committee

Establishment of the Safety, Environment and Quality Assurance Committee

The Mitsubishi Rayon Group has established the Safety, Environment and Quality Assurance Committee to comprehensively decide and implement policies related to the management of safety, environment and quality assurance, to formulate an annual plan and review all these, and to discuss and decide the evaluation and confirmation of their implementation.
The committee shall discuss and decide on:

(1) Basic policy and plans related to the company's safety, environment and quality assurance management

(2) Comprehensive policy related to the company's safety, environment and quality assurance management

(3) Countermeasures and policies for important issues related to the company's safety, environment and quality assurance management

(4) Regulation formulation, revision or abolition related to the company's safety, environment and quality assurance management that affect the whole company

(5) Audits the contents of the safety, environment and quality management, and product liability


Each production center and division as well as Group companies falling under the jurisdiction of a division shall conduct specific activities in compliance with matters decided by the Safety, Environment and Quality Assurance Committee.

Safety, Environment and Quality Assurance Implementation Flow (PDCA Cycle)

Safety, Environment and Quality Assurance Implementation Flow (PDCA Cycle)
 

Audit on Safety, Environment and Quality Assurance in Fiscal 2015

Audit Types

Audit type Audit target
General audit
The audit conducted by management under the Safety, Environment & Quality Assurance Committee (with corporate auditors and executive members of the union as observers)
Conducted annually for four production centers
MRC*, The Lucite International Group
Safety and environment audit
The audit to supplement the general audit; this is a detailed audit on the sampled departments
Conducted in cycles of 3-5 years
MRC*
Group company audit
The audit that implemented as part of the Group's management under approval by the Safety, Environment & Quality Assurance Committee
Conducted in cycles of 3-5 years
Group companies, (The Lucite International Group excluded)
High Pressure gas safety audit
The audit that is conducted by the Head Office on production centers authorized in accordance with the High Pressure Gas Safety Act
Conducted annually for applicable production centers
Production centers authorized in accordance with the High Pressure Gas Safety Act
Special audit
The audit that is implemented under the direction of the Chairman of the Safety, Environment & Quality Assurance Committee in the event of a serious injury or incident
The Mitsubishi Rayon Group
Extraordinary audit
The audit of the production centers and/or the Group companies that is implemented under the direction of the Chairman of the Safety, Environment & Quality Assurance Committee
The Mitsubishi Rayon Group
Product liability and quality audit
The audit that is implemented on all aspects of business activities from marketing to production under approval by the Safety, Environment & Quality Assurance Committee
Conducted in 3-year cycles
MRC* product lines
Quality audit of outsourcing manufacturing companies
The quality audit of the companies manufacturing MRC* products as subcontractors
Conducted in cycles of 3-5 years
Outsourcing manufacturing companies

* Please refer to "Scope of environment related data collection" for the scope of audit.

List of Audits Executed in Fiscal 2015

Audit type Department/Company Audit target
General audit Otake Production Center, Toyohashi Production Center, Toyama Production Center, Yokohama Production Center and Lucite International Group (major sites) Safety and environment
Safety and environment audit Otake Production Center (eight departments), Toyohashi Production Center (five departments), and Toyama Production Center (five departments and Yokohama Production Center (three departments) Safety and environment
Group company audit Group companies overseas (two companies) and Group companies in Japan (four companies) Safety, environment and quality assurance
High Pressure gas safety audit Otake Production Center (one department) Safety
Special audit No applicable department in the fiscal year under review Safety
Extraordinary audit Otake Production Center (one department), Toyama Production Center (three departments), and Group companies outside production centers (two companies) Safety
Product liability and quality audit MMA AN Business Bloc (two departments), Specialty Chemicals, Resins & Plastics Business Bloc (two departments), Fibers Business Bloc (seven departments),Group companies outside production centers (three companies) Product liability and quality
Quality audit of outsourcing manufacturing companies Outsourcing manufacturing companies (twelve companies) Quality

Audit Results for Fiscal 2015

Audit type Report
General audit Audits were implemented at four production centers in Japan and at the major sites of The Lucite International Group. General audits of the domestic production centers were conducted based primarily on the reports from each site using the results of site internal audits, safety and environment audits, and safety, environment and quality assurance section's internal audits based on internal audit self-check sheets. Overall, it was found that the centers tackled safety and security management with seriousness. It was recommended that operators constantly check their daily operations and environmental conditions, and work to improve their frontline standards for safety activities, while managers were required to raise employees' safety awareness and were reminded of their responsibility to ensure a safe and secure working environment.
Safety and environment audit In safety and occupational health, the results of internal audits based on a checklist of 1,500 items were checked, and audits conducted with an emphasis on frontline inspections. A check of internal audit items provided a visualization of the strengths and weaknesses of each workplace. Each department was required to make improvements where necessary.
Safety, environment and quality assurance audits were held separately, covering company-wide issues for the fiscal year, and separating the progress with priority items at production centers into safety and environment categories, with the head office safety, environment and quality assurance department conducting audits at each location.
Group company audit At targeted domestic companies, safety activities were being promoted with the participation of all employees, and the communication with employees was good. At companies overseas, a high level of safety management activities were being conducted, included regular meetings between workplace managers and workers, "Know-why" training based on operating manuals, plant safety checks via internal audits and external audits by third parties, and a system of preventative maintenance and regular equipment inspections. Audited companies were each required to provide safety instructions to new employees, ensure skills are passed from retirees to younger workers, and engage in technology exchanges with other Group plants regarding security, disaster prevention and safety management.
High pressure gas safety audit The audit focused on the safety rules for industrial complexes and other facilities stipulated by safety management systems, status of conformity with certification notices, and the effectiveness of safety management activities. While conformity with rules for safety management systems and the effectiveness of safety management activities were good, the department was required to make improvements where deficiencies were found in execution of those activities. The adequacy of countermeasures against injuries and troubles, the outbreak and investigations into the cause were verified in order to enhance the audit effectiveness and eliminate the cause of incidents and injuries. The status of compliance with certified safety management inspections was also audited and found to be good. However, instructions were given on how to further raise the quality of inspection management work.
Special audit Not implemented in the fiscal year under review
Extraordinary audit Extraordinary audits under the safety and environmental audit rules were conducted at the departments and group companies where there were concerns about injuries and incidents. These included verifications and discussions about approaches to identify the causes of injuries and incidents and the status of countermeasures, along with discussions of safety management systems, and sites were required to conduct risk prevention training covering safety measures and work within safety fences.
Product liability and quality audit Audits were conducted on a total of 14 departments, including five target product lines, business divisions, factories, R&D departments and group companies. The audit focused on compliance in the areas of product liability, risk management system, screening status until new product release, management of change, contract manufacturing partner management and chemical substance management during new product development. Each department was given specific instructions to make improvements.

Scope of environment related data collection

Only companies that mainly engage in manufacturing and processing are subject to the aggregation of environment-related data. See (1) through (4) below for expressions used in this report.

(1) MRC Group: companies that come under the following categories (2) to (4)

(2) MRC: Mitsubishi Rayon and Group companies operating at Mitsubishi Rayon's production centers

(3) Domestic Group: consolidated subsidiaries in Japan other than those which come under the above category (2)

(4) Overseas Group: consolidated subsidiaries in other countries

Subject companies and data