In order to ensure that employees can live healthy and active lives both physically and mentally, Sumitomo Chemical is promoting a variety of health support programs under the company-wide supervision of industrial physicians, including health guidance by medical staff.
In addition, the Company and its health insurance association present the Sumika Healthy Employee Declaration as the fourth “Sumika ‘Take Action’ Declaration.” We have put forward the slogan of “Good health is a prerequisite for good work and a good life!,” and we are working on specific action plans in five areas: food, exercise, sleep, quitting smoking, and mental health.
Sumika Healthy Employee Declaration
Five Action Items
At the annual occupational health physician liaison meeting, the chief occupational health physician and the occupational health physicians of each worksite hold discussions and decide on Company-wide measures and targets. In addition, the occupational health physicians, medical staff (public health nurses, registered nurses, etc.), and health managers of each worksite work together to implement measures to maintain and promote health in collaboration with the Company and its health insurance association.
Furthermore, at Health Manager Meetings, the measures taken at each worksite are shares and the results are assessed. The Health Management Promotion Committee shares financial information, including that related to medical fees and the healthcare business of the health insurance association.
As for Group companies, through liaison meetings attended by executive offices in charge of human resources at Group companies, we circulate such information as key points regarding legal amendments related to health management and raise employee awareness to ensure appropriate responses.
Promotion System for Health Maintenance and Promotion Measures
Targets and Results
After analyzing medical examination results and medical interview responses, we set quantifiable targets, such as improving the rate of positive findings, and take various measures to maintain and promote health.
In addition, Sumitomo Chemical was certified as a Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organization (White 500) for the third year in a row. The Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organization Recognition Program was created in 2016 by the Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry. The program recognizes companies that practice outstanding health and productivity management based on the health promotion efforts of the Japan Health Council. The Company’s various measures and systems related to health and productivity management received a positive evaluation.
Examples of Initiatives
Regarding employees of Group companies in Japan, we are working to improve their health by enrolling them in health insurance based on the Health Insurance Act. In addition, we are appropriately implementing regular health checkups based on the Occupational Safety and Health Act, including for Group companies. Sumitomo Chemical implements in cooperation with its health insurance associations specified health checkups and specified health guidance which are required of the health insurance associations to implement by law and periodical medical examination. We analyze these results and questionnaire responses to study employee health. As a result, the Company has expanded the eligible age range for specified health guidance to include all ages as we work to prevent lifestyle disease with the goal of 100% of employees receiving such guidance.
In addition, we ensure employees get better sleep through programs to improve sleep habits under the guidance of experts who use sleep monitoring devices to observe employees’ while sleeping so as to be able to visualize their sleeping issues. This leads to improved health outcomes and helps employees give their best performance. With the amendment of the Health Promotion Act, we have banned smoking as a general rule during work hours and on the Company’s premises, and the Group’s health insurance association is supporting employees’ smoking cessation efforts through specialized programs.
In addition, the Company dispatches its chief occupational health physician to provide overseas medical counseling and evaluate medical service environments to support employees working overseas and their accompanying families. In fiscal 2019, medical counseling and environmental evaluations were implemented twice in Saudi Arabia, twice in China, and once each in Belgium, France, Singapore, and South Korea.
We have been cooperating with medical staff to properly implement the stress checks required by law for companies. We are working to prevent mental health problems by encouraging employees to take care of themselves and encouraging superiors to look after their subordinates. Employees are able to receive counseling from the Company’s medical staff.
We are involved in employees’ mental healthcare. We conduct group analyses of stress checks and analyze trends at worksites and workplaces to provide feedback to workplaces and set themes for lectures and other meetings.
In addition, during the new employee training and the grade-based promotion training, we hold appropriate mental healthcare training for participants eligible for training encouraging employees to take care of themselves and encouraging superiors to look after their subordinates.
Sumitomo Chemical will continue creating and implementing various initiatives to maintain and promote the health of employees in line with the Sumika Healthy Employee Declaration. In addition, we will assess the results of these initiatives, make improvements, and implement PDCA cycles in our continuing efforts to develop more effective measures and support employee health.