Labor Relations and Safety and Health Activities
Efforts to protect the safety and health of working companions
In order to protect the safety and health of all working companions of the pulp and paper industry and to realize better work environment, the Japan Paper Association (JPA) carries out a number of sectoral and inter-sectoral programs including sharing of best practices and incident cases among member companies as well as various educational activities.
In February 2018, JPA established its Action Plan for Industrial Accident Prevention to bring the occupational safety and health of the industry to a higher level.
Action Plan for Prevention of Industrial Accidents
Adhering to the belief that “it is the responsibility of the site manager and of the top management to see to it that anyone who is received into the site complete the objective of his/her entry and leave uneventfully,” JPA set out the action plan in February 2018 with a view to “bringing down fatal accidents to zero.” The JPA effort in this regard is consistent with the activities of the Public-Private Council for Safety Measures in the Manufacturing Industry.
National Conference of the Pulp and Paper Industry on Safety and Health
The conference has been annually held continuously since 1961. In 2019, JPA holds the 59th Conference. Around 350 participants of the member companies and their affiliated companies attended the conference. The schedule is three days and two nights, composed of safety and health award ceremony, lecture, workshops, and plant visits.
The second day was fully dedicated to the discussion of workshop sessions (in small group of less than 10 people). The discussion of workshop sessions by participants characterized the conference, together with the schedule of three days and two nights.
Safety and health award
By recognizing the sites and the contractors with outstanding occupational safety and health performance or good practices, JPA aims to improve the occupational safety and health standards of the pulp and paper industry and contribute to the eradication of industrial accidents and injuries.
Apart from the JPA awards, JPA select candidates for recommendation to the Green Cross Award given by the Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association (JISHA) and the Outstanding Safety Supervisor Commendation given by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW).
Response to the Public-Private Council for Safety Measures in the Manufacturing Industry
The Public-Private Council for Safety Measures in the Manufacturing Industry was inaugurated on March 6, 2017, by MHLW, Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI), and JISHA together with the top management of major manufacturing industries for the purpose of strengthening the safety measures in the manufacturing sector and spreading relevant information. This is the first time that an inter-sectoral public-private council has been formed in order to jointly study occupational safety and health issues and spread the outcome nationwide. JPA served as the Acting Chair of the council in the very first year and has been actively engaged in the council activities.
JPA offers workshops, plant visits of different industries and training texts to occupational safety and health managers and staff of the member companies from time to time.
ANZEN Project (MHLW)
ANZEN Project is a government-run project to help companies earnestly address the safety issue of their employees and make the workplaces bright and lively to the “workers,” the “companies” and the “families.”