Initiatives for Employee Safety

Our Approach to Occupational Safety and Health

The Asahi Group promotes independent safety and health activities that are suitable to the worksite with the Safety and Health Committee of each company and business unit taking the lead. As key initiatives, the following practices are being implemented: The 5S activities (sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain), compliance with safety rules, following through with risk assessment, strengthening of training and support, eradication of multiple accidents, and the effective execution of the PDCA cycle.
In FY2019, there were 28 industrial accidents at Asahi Group's factories and research laboratories. Going forward, we will further ensure the fundamentals of safety and health while we strengthen the mutual inspection and information exchange between the Group companies. Consequently, we will develop effective safety policies that correspond to the actual condition of each business unit. In addition, by raising the level of and reinforcing the spread of safety culture by practicing the aforementioned policies, we will endeavor to achieve zero accidents. Our approach to occupational safety and health toward achieving zero accidents also applies to partner companies contracted for various production services.

Occurrence of Industrial Accidents

Industrial Accidents: Numbers and Rates

Regular and contract employees (excluding temporary and subcontractors' employees)
2017 2018 2019
Asahi Breweries, Ltd. Number of industrial accidents Lost time 1 1 1
Non-lost time 1 0 1
Fatal 0 0 0
Total 2 1 2
Industrial accident rates Frequency rate 0.97 1.19 0.78
Severity rate 0.0075 0.0160 0.0242
Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd. Number of industrial accidents Lost time 2 3 0
Non-lost time 1 3 1
Fatal 0 0 0
Total 3 6 1
Asahi Group Foods, Ltd. Number of industrial accidents Lost time 0 0 1
Non-lost time 1 4 5
Fatal 0 0 0
Total 1 4 6
Total of 3 companies Number of industrial accidents Lost time 3 4 2
Non-lost time 3 7 7
Fatal 0 0 0
Total 6 11 9

Notes:
・Industrial accident frequency rate: number of deaths and injuries from industrial accidents per 1 million cumulative work hours (indicates how frequently accidents occurred)
Number of deaths and injuries (number of deaths and of injuries resulting in one or more workdays lost) / cumulative work hours x 1,000,000
・Industrial accident severity rate: Number of workdays lost per 1,000 cumulative work hours (indicates severity of accidents)
Cumulative workdays lost (number of workdays lost due to deaths or to injuries resulting in one or more workdays lost) / Cumulative work hours x 1,000
・In 2019, two accidents resulting in lost workdays occurred. They were falling and stumbling accidents. To prevent recurrence, we promptly shared information on the incidents across the Group and also established physical specifications of machinery as well as standards for their use and revamped the hazard prediction training system.

Subcontractors' employees
2017 2018 2019
Asahi Breweries, Ltd. Fatal accidents 0 1 0
Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd. Fatal accidents 0 0 0
Asahi Group Foods, Ltd. Fatal accidents 0 0 0
Total of 3 companies Fatal accidents 0 1 0

Acquisition of OHSAS18001 Certification

The Asahi Group has acquired Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series 18001 (OHSAS18001) certification for the following 16 production sites operated by Asahi Europe and International.
This accounts for 21 percent of production sites managed globally by the Group.

Asahi Europe and International
Country Business site Year certified
Italy Birra Peroni Rome brewery 2011
Birra Peroni Bari brewery 2009
Birra Peroni Pauda brewery 2011
Birra Peroni Saplo Malthouse 2016
Netherlands Grolsch Brewery 2004
Poland Poznańn brewery 2012
Tychy brewery 2012
Białystok brewery 2012
Czech Republic Plzeň brewery 2009
Velké Popovice brewery 2009
Nošovice brewery 2009
Slovakia Šariš brewery 2012
Hungary Dreher brewery 2013
Romania Buzau brewery 2005
Brasov brewery 2008
Timisoara brewery 2006
Awards Concerning Occupational Safety and Health
Name of Company and Business Unit Award Year Name of Award
Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Ibaraki Brewery FY2013 Accident-free Record Certification, Class 14.5 million hours accident-free Awarded by Labor Standards Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labor & Welfare
Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Kanagawa Brewery FY2016 Excellence Award from the Director of Labour Standards Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Nagoya Brewery FY2016 Excellence Award from the Aichi THP (Total Health Promotion) Council, Aichi Labour Bureau
THP (Total Health Promotion) Council of Japan
Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Suita Brewery FY2017 Encouragement Award from the Director of Labour Standards Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Shikoku Brewery FY2019 Excellent Business Site for Health and Safety Award (Encouragement Award) from the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare

Safety Training

In addition to education mandated by law, Asahi Breweries conducts periodic internal education and training on safety including tiered safety management seminars and disaster investigation training with a focus on brewery employees, and takes other measures to prevent industrial accidents.

Number of Participants in Training
Training FY2018 FY2019
For Managers 25 13
For Supervisors 53 41
For Employees 470 161