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Safety

Basic Approach

As a corporate group responsible for the stable supply of energy, resources and materials, the JXTG Group believes that ensuring safe operations is the basis of our business survival and social credibility, as well as the source of our competitive edge.
Based on this understanding, safety has been prioritized in the JXTG Group Philosophy, and our basic policy on safety and security has been stipulated in the JXTG Group Code of Conduct.
In addition, based on the above, each Group company evaluates risks pertaining to occupational safety and establishes its own safety policy in accordance with its own business characteristics, thereby ensuring multiple layers of effective safety activities.
Specifically, we aim to enhance our safety activities and safety training programs, in which the employees of our partner companies also participate, and we have established preventive and emergency measures to cope with all manner of accidents, problems and natural disasters.

JXTG Group Code of Conduct (excerpt)

  1. 2.Safety and security
    1. (1)We regard safety and security as the foundation of our business activities, set high safety and security standards, always ensure safety and security, and take appropriate measures to prevent any incidents and injuries.
    2. (2)We have established preventive and emergency measures to minimize damage to our business sites caused by natural disasters, including earthquakes. We also make every effort to protect the lives and safety of our directors, officers and employees, communities, and others concerned.
    3. (3)We shall not work under the influence of alcohol or drugs, when ill, or under other conditions where safety cannot be ensured.

See the following for further details on the safety policies of the Group's core operating companies.

Structure

The JXTG Group Environment & Safety Committee, chaired by the officer (director) responsible for the department in charge of environment and safety at JXTG Holdings, has been established under the JXTG Group CSR Council, which is chaired by the president of JXTG Holdings.
The Committee evaluates and shares information on occupational injuries and the implementation of safety activities at each Group company, and also reviews and implements measures to prevent occupational injuries.
For information on our structure, see the JXTG Group Environmental Management Promotion Structure.

OHSAS 18001 Certification

Each Group company has built safety management systems tailored to its respective business characteristics through initiatives such as obtaining OHSAS 180011 certification. Our companies are continuously making efforts to raise safety awareness and prevent occupational injuries, through means such as conducting exhaustive investigations into the causes of any occupational injuries and formulating and implementing measures to prevent recurrence based on the results, as well as conducting regular safety education and training.
Eleven business sites in Japan have obtained OHSAS 18001 certification, a certification rate of 15%.
In addition, JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration has developed and deployed its own HSE2 management system, which conforms to OHSAS 18001. Under this system, personnel in charge of HSE discuss safety-related matters with site managers and carry out safety checks.

  1. 1OHSAS 18001: Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
  2. 2Acronym for health, safety and environment.

Safety Education Programs

In order to raise the safety awareness of our employees, we regularly implement activities such as training to improve the quality of risk assessments, as well as safety management training and safety meetings for managerial staff. We also provide safety education at the JXTG Group Safety Education Center (Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture) to improve employee sensitivity to workplace risks.

JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy also holds an Environment and Safety Forum to report on environment- and safety-related matters across the company, for the further improvement of environmental and safety management. In fiscal 2017, the forum was held in November, with participation by management.
At JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration, training programs are implemented at overseas offices (Vietnam and Malaysia) to improve safety awareness. During fiscal 2017, the programs were attended by a total of 220 participants.

Building a Mutual Assistance System for Refineries and Other Sites

For response in the event that a refinery sustains damage from an earthquake and is unable to regain control unaided, JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy has established a system for emergency response operations and measures to enable organized support from within the Group. This system ensures the execution of a swift and agile response.

Results of Major Initiatives for Ensuring Safety

With the goal of eliminating all serious occupational injuries,* the JXTG Group conducts extensive safety activities and safety training programs, in which employees from its partner companies also participate.
In fiscal 2017, there were a total of 36 occupational injuries, one more than the previous fiscal year. Regrettably, there was one fatal occupational injury of a contractor company's worker. We thoroughly investigated the cause, then formulated and implemented measures to prevent recurrence and rolled them out at Group companies.
Nine regular employees suffered occupational injuries, a decrease of seven from the previous fiscal year. There were no fatalities among regular employees.
The occupational injury frequency rate (the number of injuries and fatalities per million cumulative hours worked) and the occupational injury severity rate (the number of work days lost per thousand cumulative hours worked) were well below the industry average, according to a survey by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW). Both rates have declined since fiscal 2016.
In fiscal 2017, we adopted Group-wide safety efforts for occupational injuries that occur with greater frequency or which are likely to lead to serious occupational injuries, and are making further efforts to prevent their occurrence.

Our main efforts in fiscal 2017 included providing training to managers and using hand-held WBGT devices to prevent heat stroke, as well as confirming rules on the use of safety lanyards.
In addition, the Worker Safety (WS) system tire roller and wheel loader developed by NIPPO Corporation passed the Safety 2.0 certification screening and became the first devices from any industry to obtain this certification in February 2018.

  • *Fatal occupational injuries

Group-wide Safety Efforts

  • Separating people and heavy machinery
  • Preventing falls from high places
  • Preventing workers from falling down
  • Preventing heatstroke

Occupational Injuries

(Persons)

      FY2015 FY2016 FY2017
Number of occupational injuries JXTG Group Fatalities 0 0 0
Lost work time 17 16 9
Subtotal 17 16 9
Contractors (partner companies, etc.) Fatalities 0 1 1
Lost work time 23 18 26
Subtotal 23 19 27
Total 40 35 36

Note:

  • Statistics on occupational injuries have been re-aggregated for previous fiscal years to cover the three core operating companies (JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy, JX Nippon Mining & Metals and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration).

Occupational Injury Frequency Rate

Notes:

  • Scope: The refineries, plants and business sites of the three core operating companies. (For details, see Data.)
  • Data for previous fiscal years has been re-aggregated due to changes in the scope of business sites.
  • Frequency rate: The number of injuries and fatalities per million cumulative hours worked; indicating the frequency of occurrence of occupational injuries.
  • Definition of terms by MHLW (Available in Japanese only)

Occupational Injury Severity Rate

Notes:

  • Scope: The refineries, plants and business sites of the three core operating companies. (For details, see Data.)
  • Data for previous fiscal years has been re-aggregated due to changes in the scope of business sites.
  • Severity rate: The aggregated number work days lost per thousand cumulative hours worked; indicating the severity of occupational injuries.
  • Definition of terms by MHLW (Available in Japanese only)

Safety Training Program Using Virtual Reality

In 2013, the JXTG Group established the JXTG Group Safety Education Center in Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture. Established for the purpose of allowing workers to experience the risks inherent in their work, the aim of the facility is to raise the safety awareness of individual employees through simulation training.
In fiscal 2017, 1,503 employees participated in training at the facility, bringing the total number since the center opened to 8,467.
In addition, a new Group training program that utilizes virtual reality technology was launched in July 2017. This program enables workers to feel what it is like to be personally involved in an accident and think about victims' psychological state, as well as accident causes and preventive measures, with a focus on four kinds of experiential risk training: steam explosion, being struck by heavy machinery, entanglement in a high-speed rotor, and falling from a high place. Enabling participants to experience accidents from a victim's perspective increases the effectiveness of the training.
Our production sites are also equipped with hazard simulation equipment, and workers are required to undergo training using this equipment before they can begin actual work. Through these and other efforts, we are working to ensure safety across the entire Group.

JXTG Group Safety Education Center
Virtual-reality training equipment

Preventing Collisions Between Heavy Machinery and People

The JX Nippon Mining & Metals Group has designated the prevention of collisions between heavy machinery and people as a key safety issue. There is a high risk of collisions on the manufacturing floor, where heavy machinery, such as forklifts, is used frequently, increasing the potential for serious accidents. The company has considered and implemented a number of countermeasures at workplaces, including demarcation of separate routes for heavy machinery and people. Currently, the entire JX Nippon Mining & Metals Group is considering the introduction of measures that go a step beyond conventional approaches, making use of the latest preventive safety technologies. From fiscal 2017 to fiscal 2018, a system for automatically braking heavy machinery was tested at the Saganoseki Smelter and Refinery of Pan Pacific Copper, while a system that issues warnings and commands to both operators and workers was tested at JX Nippon Coil Center. The following is a description of the heavy machinery automatic braking system and its benefits. It has been determined that the system will be adopted at the Saganoseki Smelter and Refinery.

WS System – Automatic Braking System for Heavy Machinery

The Worker Safety (WS) System developed by NIPPO Corporation is the first automatic braking system for heavy machinery to be certified under Safety 2.0*, a safety standard created by the Institute of Global Safety Promotion. Unlike conventional systems that give warnings, the WS system was developed to prevent serious accidents by physically stopping heavy machinery when its sensors detect an obstacle via radio frequency identification (RFID), stereo cameras, or other means.
The system using RFID works by emitting a magnetic field from the back of the vehicle when it is reversing. When the system detects radio waves emitted from an RF tag on a worker's helmet inside this magnetic field, it automatically applies the brakes to stop the vehicle. An advantage of this system is that RFID is not easily impacted by weather, visibility, temperature or obstacles. In addition, the system can easily be installed or removed as there is no need for modification of the heavy machinery's hydraulic piping or control equipment.

  • *Safety 2.0: A standard developed to promote widespread use of cooperative safety (Safety 2.0), which utilizes information and communication technology to achieve both a reduction in accidents due to unsafe work conditions and an increase in productivity.

Acquisition of Super Certification for High Pressure Gas

JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy's Kawasaki Refinery and Sakai Refinery were the first and second businesses to be certified under the new certification regime for the High Pressure Gas Safety Act in December 2017 and February 2018, respectively. This certification, established by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, is awarded to refineries that satisfy certain criteria for such areas as advanced safety activities and operational support systems. As a certified business, we will continue to implement high-quality safety activities with the goal of improving our safety practices even further.

Initiatives at Refineries and Plants for Major Earthquakes

The JXTG Group implements various earthquake measures at its refineries and plants.

Measures to Protect Lives

Seismic reinforcement of buildings

As a precaution against earthquakes and tsunamis, we have voluntarily implemented seismic reinforcement of our offices and production unit control rooms, with priority given to the protection of human life.
We have also designated locations and methods for evacuation in case of an earthquake or tsunami, and we carry out disaster preparedness training every year.

Measures for Seismic Reinforcement of Facilities

Brace retrofitting on a spherical tank

We are moving forward with legally required seismic reinforcement work for tanks that store hazardous materials.
Upgrade work on floating-roof tanks subject to this requirement was completed before the statutory deadline (end of fiscal 2016). As for internal floating-roof tanks, which became subject to legislation in fiscal 2011, plans are in place to complete seismic reinforcement work by the statutory deadline (end of fiscal 2023).
As for high-pressure gas facilities, we have carried out seismic performance evaluations based on administrative directives, and since the Great East Japan Earthquake we have been retrofitting spherical tanks with braces and carrying out earthquake resistance measures on critical facilities.

Measures to Mitigate Damage from Disasters

We have installed seismographs at all of our refineries and plants as part of a system that automatically shuts down equipment in a prompt and safe manner in the event of an earthquake, depending on the intensity.

Major Initiatives to Prepare for Accidents and Problems

Disaster Prevention Facilities

At our refineries, plants and stockpiling terminals, we have taken measures such as the installation of disaster prevention equipment and facilities in preparation for potential accidents and disasters.

Oil Spill Countermeasures

Deploying an oil fence as part of a drill to help prevent marine pollution

We are able to respond quickly to oil leaks on land or at sea. We have multiple oil dikes surrounding our storage tanks and systems in place to prevent leaks from spreading offsite. We also have oil fences and oil recovery vessels in place to respond to oil leaks at sea.

Fire Countermeasures

Firefighting vehicles

In addition to large ladder trucks with hazardous material response capabilities, compressed air foam system (CAFS) tankers and high capacity water cannons, numerous foam extinguishing systems, sprinkler systems and large extinguishers have been placed onsite for response in the unlikely event of a major fire.
Our facilities also have disaster response vessels with firefighting capabilities to respond to accidents or disasters at sea.

Disaster Drills

We regularly implement comprehensive disaster drills for our own disaster response organizations to ensure that we can respond in a quick and agile manner should an actual disaster occur. We also hold other drills, including joint disaster preparedness drills involving local fire departments and disaster response organizations from nearby companies.

Water discharge drill using a high-capacity sprayer
Firefighting during a large-scale comprehensive disaster drill

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