Occupational Health & Safety

Creating safe, healthy working environments

Securing employee safety in the workplace is a crucial component of Astellas' management philosophy. Astellas considers a pleasant workplace as essential for its employees, who are key Company stakeholders, and its ability to fulfill its corporate social responsibilities.

Fortunately, since its inception in 2005, Astellas has not experienced any accidents leading to loss of life. However, the number of incidents with the potential to cause a major accident is not few. In line with the prevention of such occupational disasters, Astellas is promoting initiatives to ensure the safety of its working environments by further stressing the importance for minimizing accidents due to workplace mishaps and hazards. Initiatives also include the consideration of countermeasures and the elimination of various activities and operations associated with certain risks based on accumulated experience. In addition, the Company is implementing a safety education curriculum and working to boost on-the-job skills through interdepartmental/facility collaboration.

Also, continuous support for the fostering of health and safety managers with specialized skills along with training are essential to ensure employees follow set procedures on a daily basis. Going forward, the Company will share information regarding occupational safety and disaster prevention throughout the Group, with the idea that facilities will be able to utilize this information including disaster case examples to lower risk on an ongoing basis.

 

Safety Action Plan

Severity Rate of Work-Related Injuries
  • Prevent the incidence of major occupational accidents while maintaining a severity rate of work-related injuries at or below 0.005 at all business sites
Risk Assessment
  • Assess all business operations to identify risks in all areas as well as establish self-regulations to reduce such risk

 

To prevent work-related accidents and minimize accidents caused by workplace mishaps, Astellas has formulated the Astellas Environment, Health & Safety Policy. In line with this, we have created and been promoting an environmental and safety management system for each business field in workplaces. In addition, we share work-related accident and near-miss information in Japan and overseas. We are striving from more diverse perspectives to ensure a safe work environment.
From 2017, Astellas began consolidating occupational health & safety data for offices and research bases outside Japan. From January to December 2017, there were no work-related fatalities and 11 cases of injuries requiring leaves of absence. The longest leave of absence was 61 days due to a traffic accident. We are working to further reduce risks in the future with the goal of achieving a global severity rate of work-related injuries of less than 0.005.

 

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Global

  2015.1-12 2016.1-12 2017.1-12
Number of work-related injuries (leave of absence) - - 11
Frequency rate of work-related injuries *1 - - 0.33
Severity rate of work-related injuries *2 - - 0.007

 

Japan

  2015.1-12 2016.1-12 2017.1-12
Number of work-related injuries (leave of absence) 2 5 2
Frequency rate of work-related injuries *1 0.14 0.34 0.13
Severity rate of work-related injuries *2 0.007 0.001 0.001

 

Americas

  2015.1-12 2016.1-12 2017.1-12
Number of work-related injuries (leave of absence) - - 5
Frequency rate of work-related injuries *1 - - 0.83
Severity rate of work-related injuries *2 - - 0.020

 

EMEA

  2015.1-12 2016.1-12 2017.1-12
Number of work-related injuries (leave of absence) - - 4
Frequency rate of work-related injuries *1 - - 0.51
Severity rate of work-related injuries *2 - - 0.012

 

Asia/Oceania

  2015.1-12 2016.1-12 2017.1-12
Number of work-related injuries (leave of absence) - - 0
Frequency rate of work-related injuries *1 - - 0
Severity rate of work-related injuries *2 - - 0

 

*1 Frequency rate of work-related injuries: This rate shows the number of employee deaths or injuries resulting from work-related accidents causing leave of absence per million hours of work. The larger the number, the more frequently work-related injuries occur.
*2 Severity rate of work-related injuries: This rate shows the number of days absent from work due to work-related injuries per thousand hours worked. The higher the number, the more serious the injury.
*3 In addition to its previous targets, Astellas has begun consolidating data for non-Japanese offices and research sites. We have been disclosing global results and the regional consolidated results outside Japan since 2017.