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Occupational Health and Safety

Initiatives on Employee Health and Safety

Providing for the health and safety of employees is a basic requirement of companies, particularly manufacturers, and is fundamental to the continued existence of any company. The JFE Group adheres to the philosophy of safety first, and, together with its group companies and suppliers , works to consistently maintain safe working environments and secure workplaces for all employees.

Under the Seventh Medium-term Business Plan, we will strive to achieve our goal of zero Workplace fatalities . In particular, we will prioritize safety investments (around 10 billion yen per year Group-wide) to reduce risks by making workplaces inherently safe. We will also promote multifaceted occupational employee health and safety, including monitoring and detection, by harnessing advanced IT solutions.

Efforts to ensure safety at the operating companies are regularly reported to the Board of Directors, which provides direction and supervision.

Data related to Lost-Work Injuries, see:

Data related to Lost-Work Injuries and Accidents

Training Programs for Health and Safety

The JFE Group organizes seminars for newly appointed managers and supervisors to provide information on the Industrial Safety and Health Act and risk assessment regulations and on formulating work plans and policies for health and safety management. In the construction operations department, we offer programs for local superintendents in charge of construction work (Overall Safety and Health Controller ) centered on the Industrial Safety and Health Act as well as related regulations for subcontractors and the Construction Business Act (331 participants in 2020). We also conduct new employee training and position-specific training on mental health (749 participants in 2020).

Initiatives for Health and Safety by Business Segment

JFE Steel

In 2021, we are following two basic strategies: practicing autonomous safety activities while developing communication between employees and business associates and taking action based on the Group's Health Declaration. In accordance with our goal of attaining the highest level of competence in the industry, management supervisors make a point to visit work sites every day, while workers are striving to handle their tasks with discipline. We are also proactively applying IT, such as by introducing safety monitoring systems* for safety management.

To date, we have implemented safety activities based on the advice from Du Pont. We are going to develop these activities into an occupational health and safety management system in accordance with the ISO 45001 international standard as we seek to establish a corporate culture of safety that is voluntary and independent. We are working toward our goal of obtaining certification for all our construction and operating sites during FY2022.

*A system that provides managers with information about, for example, carbon monoxideconcentration and oxygen concentration in real time along with the location information of workers.

To mitigate or prevent disaster risks, JFE Steel conducts risk assessments at the planning stage for new facilities as well as prior to their regular and non-regular repairs. We also constantly strive to make each facility safer so as to lower the risk level for our workers.

We respond to industrial accidents by setting up a disaster investigation committee to determine the cause and offer recommendations for improvement to the department in charge of implementing countermeasures. At the same time, we inform the relevant departments and labor union through the Occupational Safety and Health Committee, while the department in charge implements and reports on countermeasures, which is a mechanism designated by company-wide rules. In the event of severe accidents, a response is deployed across the company, and a standard progress report is submitted to Corporate Officer Council until countermeasures have been completed. This practice has also been standardized across the entire company.

In addition, we immediately report accidents to the Japan Iron and Steel Federation (JISF) under the guidelines for reporting industrial accidents. We file an update once we have determined the cause and decide on countermeasures. We also promptly submit a report on safety, disaster prevention and environmental issues to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and the JISF.

Governance Structure for Health and Safety

Governance Structure for Health and Safety

JFE Engineering

In addition to setting up governance organizations for health and safety at each operating site to comply with the Industrial Safety and Health Act and in line with the type of work and number of employees, JFE Engineering has established a governance structure for health and safety at each operational headquarters to facilitate and effectively implement company-wide management at its construction and operating sites and manufacturing plants. JFE Engineering strives to eliminate disasters at all suppliers and Group companies by establishing priority items to be shared across the company and to which all employees and all staff at suppliers adhere. It also endeavors to identify sources of danger as well as safety measures through risk assessments aligned with the particular characteristics of each individual operational headquarters. Meanwhile, it promotes physical and mental health and the creation of comfortable working environments as a means of ensuring the health of employees and bringing occupational health to an overall higher level.

In the event that an industrial accident occurs, occupational health and safety managers will meet to determine the cause and consider countermeasures that will be deployed across the company. Since 2016, the company has been operating an occupational health and safety management system (ISO 45001 certified) for its construction activities in Japan and overseas as well as its manufacturing operations at the Tsurumi and Tsu Works. As a new initiative, JFE Engineering applies IT solutions promoting occupational health and safety, including monitoring and detection by multiple approaches.

JFE Shoji

JFE Shoji is actively working on eliminating unsafe operations that could lead to severe accidents and targeting zero severe accidents at its processing sites such as coil centers.

The company encourages compliance with rules among employees by implementing measures such as (1) risk assessment involving on-site patrols by management supervisors for identifying unsafe operations or hazard prediction by staff responsible for each operation, (2) comparative study of similar disaster cases and hazard experience training for improving the ability to recognize and avoid unsafe operations, (3) facility improvement for reducing risks, including installation of safety sensors, and (4) operation training (slinging for cranes and other skills) and review of operational standards.

Furthermore, for each of its Group companies, JFE Shoji assigns a safety manager to spearhead these efforts to raise the level of health and safety activities. To ensure that all JFE Shoji Group companies operate under the same values, safety managers meet every other month to share knowledge and information on occupational health and safety.

All lost-work injuries must be reported to the top management from the president of each Group company as part of the JFE Shoji Group-wide effort to address safety management. Annual safety awards are also presented to encourage employees to actively engage in health and safety activities. Through these initiatives, the company will raise the level of safety management within the JFE Shoji Group and continue to maintain safe working environments.

Employee Health

The JFE Group seeks to create safe, attractive environments where everyone can enjoy working and aggressively promotes the establishment of environments in which personnel with diverse backgrounds can demonstrate their full potential. To that end, it has developed the JFE Group Health Declaration and collaborates with its health insurance union and industrial health staff to strengthen employee health so that everyone can work with vigor.

JFE Group Health Declaration

  1. 1

    JFE, recognizing that safety and health are fundamental for fulfilling its mission, creates workplaces in which every employee can work with vigor.

  2. 2

    JFE and its health insurance union work together to advance initiatives for maintaining and upgrading the physical and mental health of employees and their families.

  3. 3

    JFE gives top priority to safety and health and to creating a health culture in which each employee takes personal responsibility

Physical Health Initiatives

  • Ensure the implementation of regular physical examinations and strengthen cancer screenings.
  • Prevent aggravation of lifestyle diseases by conducting metabolic syndrome checkups and offering health guidance.
  • Utilize the health insurance union's health promotion app, PepUp, to educate employees on physical exercise and other healthy habits.
  • Promote non-smoking areas and maintain separate areas for smokers and non-smokers in buildings. Provide guidance to help employees quit smoking through industrial physicians and public health nurses.

Metabolic Syndrome and Smoking Rates

Metabolic Syndrome and Smoking Rates

Maintaining and Promoting the Health of Employees' Families

The JFE Group works with the health insurance union to maintain and improve the health of employees and their families by, for example, encouraging spouses to undergo health examinations. The rate of health examinations for dependents (age 40 or older) has been steadily increasing, to 46.3% in FY2020, up 8.7 points from 37.6% in FY2014.

For employee health data, please refer to the following information.

Employee Health Data

Mental Healthcare

The JFE Group conducts four basic initiatives to maintain the mental health of employees: "self-care" for workers who strive to remain aware of stress and take preventive measures; "care by management supervisors" who provide advice to subordinates; "care by industrial health staff" who support employees, managers and supervisors; and "care by human resources outside workplaces," including specialist clinics and individuals.

JFE's health insurance union also provides mental health counseling, including a 24-hour hotline for employees and their families (spouse and dependents).

Initiatives on Health Issues

We operate a health management system for effectively managing the health of all employees, including those on overseas assignments and business trips and those studying abroad.

We particularly seek to ensure that employees working abroad can maintain a healthy lifestyle, along with their accompanying family members, by conducting health checkups and vaccinations before they move overseas. In a proactive effort to prevent infections, we also provide information on global health issues such as COVID-19, HIV, tuberculosis and malaria during assignment briefings. We will continue to monitor and appropriately respond to global health issues.

JFE Steel

Development of the Health and Productivity Planning Management Promotion System, Company-wide Goals and Follow-ups

To drive initiatives regarding maintaining and improving the health of employees and their families, JFE Steel launched the Health and Productivity Management Promotion WG upon the establishment of its Group Health Declaration in 2016, and it is monitoring the achievement of medium-to long-term goals.

■ JFE Steel's Company-wide Targets (2021)

  Targets 2020 Results
Thorough implementation of physical examinations Rate of complete exams: 100% 63.7%
Rate of complete exams for dependents: 60% 48.0%
Preventive health Measures Rate of providing specific health guidance: at least 70% 53.0%
Rate of obesity (BMI: 25% or higher): 25% or less 30.2%
Promotion of non-smoking Smoking rate: 27% (2% annual reduction) 29.0%

Health and Productivity Planning Management Promotion System

Health and Productivity Planning Management Promotion System

Health and Productivity Management Promotion WG


Each region, works, main office

Industrial physicians and public health nurses

Manager of Labor Management Office, Labor Management HR Department, Organizational HR Department

Office of Safety and Health (health staff), Safety and Health Department

Health Insurance Union

Directing Manager, Manager of Health Development Office

Discussion topics

Evaluation of Health and Productivity Management (physical, mental and work environment)Evaluation of indices and activities:

Company-wide activities

Reporting to the management team


February, May, August, November (once a quarter)

Active Exercise

JFE Steel business sites offer the Active Exercise program, which the West Japan Works designed to help people increase their physical strength and prevent injuries due to falling. The program's effectiveness in preventing occupational accidents and improving health has even attracted attention outside the company, so it is being actively shared not only among Group companies but also with on-site suppliers and companies in a broad range of industries.

JFE Engineering

Engineering Activities for Boosting Health Based on Health Checkup Data

JFE Engineering is pursuing initiatives for improving health focused on five domains, including sleep, smoking and obesity issues extracted from past health checkup data, along with cancer and mental health.

In FY2020, we appointed a supervising industrial physician and reorganized the company-wide health and productivity management promotion system while also providing support to Group companies.

Health and Productivity Management Promotion System

Health and Productivity Management Promotion System

Initiatives Based on Past Health Checkup Data

Year Launched Purpose Initiatives
2018 Strengthen cancer checkups Stomach endoscopy during regular health checkups
2019 Encourage a better understanding of health conditions to nurture awareness and promote behavioral changes Interviews with public health nurses for all new employees
Measures for preventing passive smoking Designate the 22nd of each month as a day for making an effort to stop smoking
Promote self-care among all employees Self-care seminars to practice methods for raising concentration through short naps and breathing techniques
Address obesity Recommend increased physical exercise by displaying the calories consumed by climbing stairs and healthy strides
2020 Address obesity RIZAP seminar co-sponsored by labor and management and doing workplace exercises for the home to address remote work conditions
2021 Measures for preventing passive smoking Smoking prohibited in all indoor spaces

JFE Engineering's Company-wide Targets

Key Domains FY2021 Company-wide Targets FY2020 Results
Measures related to sleep Sleep-related risk: 35% or lower 37.2%
Measures related to passive smoke Company-wide smoking rate: 22.3% or lower 23.3%
Measures related to obesity (preventing severe cases) Obesity rate: 38.3% or lowerProvision of health guidance: at least 40.0% 40.7%
JFE Shoji

Detecting Illnesses at an Early Stage, Maintaining and Promoting Health for Employees and their Families

Based on the belief that the health of employees and their families holds the key to the further development for the company, JFE Shoji is working to create workplace environments in which employees can work with vigor.

Health and Productivity Management Promotion System

Health and Productivity Management Promotion System

Past Initiatives

Year Launched Purpose Initiatives
2018 Prevent cancer Helicobacter pylori tests conducted during regular health checkups
New program for subsidizing
examination fees for breast cancer and uterine cancer
Raise employee health awareness e-learning program conducted on the importance of regular health check-ups and heart and brain disease
2019 Prevent lung cancer and stroke
Measures related to passive smoke (reduction in smoking rate)
New program for subsidizing smoking cessation clinic fees
2020 Encouraging employees to exercise as a habit Encouragement for participation in the Powering Up Health Care program

JFE Steel's Company-wide Targets

Category FY2021 Goal FY2020 Result
Rate of providing specific health guidance 50% (FY2023 goal: 60%) 41.6%
Rate of complete health examination for spouses 60% 53.2%
Smoking rate 23.9% (1% annual reduction) 24.9%

Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The JFE Group is addressing the COVID-19 pandemic through a variety of measures against infections from the perspectives of securing the health and safety of employees as well as avoiding business continuity risks. Each company practices thorough health management, including the wearing of masks, washing and disinfecting hands and monitoring body temperature. We also encourage teleworking as much as possible and promote off-peak commuting based on flexible workstyles without setting core work hours. We have installed partitions in offices and conference rooms, have been limiting the number of persons entering each room, and are also promoting online meetings in addition to other measures for avoiding crowded conditions.

Nonetheless, the steelworks and waste incineration facilities of JFE Steel and JFE Engineering must continue their operations even under a state of emergency, and the following measures are taken to prevent infection.

We minimize the number of participants attending meetings required for safety and operational management by dividing them into groups while also taking care to avoid gaps in communication with regard to necessary information. During these meetings, we seek to avoid crowding while providing adequate ventilation, limiting attendance to the absolutely necessary number of personnel and maintaining distance between participants. We also adhere to industry guidelines and conduct thorough daily checks of employees' physical conditions.

In the lounge areas, we place vinyl sheet partitions at the center of the table to avoid that people do face each other while sitting. Each work site is striving to avoid physical contact by adopting measures such as creating push-rods bearing employees' names for pressing the buttons of drink servers.

Other measures include limiting the number of employees coming to work by dividing them into three groups to stagger commuting.

In addition, to prevent infections from spreading and contribute to reducing the local government's burden of conducting vaccinations, we have been actively cooperating with the workplace vaccination program. We have applied to have about 23,000 people affiliated with JFE Holdings inoculated and are proceeding with vaccinations at each operating company.

On-site meeting
On-site meeting
Group meeting
Group meeting