The Daiichi Sankyo Group companies in Japan determine and implement measures for each fiscal year based on the mid-term policy for occupational health and safety management that the senior management and labor union have agreed on.

(Mid-term policy for occupational health and safety management)

  1. Promote employee health
  2. Bolster mental health care
  3. Implement measures for safety management and a comfortable workplace and working environment
  4. Enhance occupational health and safety system

Based on the Human Resources Management Philosophy applicable to Japan Group employees, which gives maximum consideration on employees’ mental and physical health, we strive to maintain and improve employees’ health in collaboration with the Daiichi Sankyo Group Health Insurance Association and labor union.

In fiscal 2017, we established a corporate structure with the Chief Health Officer (CHO) at the top in order to maintain and improve employees’ health in Japan. A Declaration of Health has also been issued by the CHO.

Employee Health Declaration

We at the Daiichi Sankyo Group realize that the physical and mental health of employees is indispensable to our quest to fulfill our mission and realize our vision through the mutual growth of the Group member companies and its employees. We therefore declare our commitment to proactively create a work culture and environment that is conducive to all employees improving their health.

In Japan, at the moment, Daiichi Sankyo is working with the Health Insurance Association and labor union to enhance the environment where employees can actively maintain and improve their health by accurately understanding their own physical condition. We have set performance indicators (see figure below) and goals to reinforce health guidance and employee awareness. (See “Voice” below.)

Evaluation Index Fiscal 2017 Actual Fiscal 2019 Target Fiscal 2020 Target
Ratio of Smokers 19.4% 16% 15%
Ratio of Implementing Health-Related Events at Each Workplace 28.1% 70% 80%
Self-Care Initiative Rate*1 70.6% 80% 80%
Ratio of Medical Examination 53.9% 70% 80%
Ratio of Conducting Specific Health Guidance 36.0% 40% 50%
Ratio of Individuals with Abnormal Findings Receiving Checkups at a Medical Institution*2 86.7% 100% 100%
  • *1The rate of self-care initiatives taken by people designated as having high levels of stress as a result of stress checks
  • *2The ratio of employees that have received checkups at a medical institution after being instructed to do so in regular checkups

As part of our initiatives for safety in Japan, we collaborate with occupational physicians to develop safety management activities centered around the prevention of occupational accidents.
In addition, we regularly measure the temperature, humidity, noise, luminous intensity, and other aspects, constantly checking that there are no issues so that all employees can carry out their duties in a comfortable work environment.
In addition to the above, we carry out inspections on the air concentrations of chemical substances and other materials at plants and research facilities in Japan that handle these materials, and we conduct special health checkups for employees that work at these locations.
Each operating site holds occupational health and safety committee meetings along with the labor union, working to share information on the status of work hour management, the occurrence of occupational accidents, and the health and safety of workplaces. Collaborative workplace inspections are also held on a regular basis.

【VOICE】Establishing Performance Indicators in Japan Related to Employee Health Maintenance and Improvement

Takashi Munesue

Takashi Munesue
Employee Relations Group,
Human Resources Department,
Corporate Affairs Division
Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd.

Daiichi Sankyo has established an environment in which Japan Group company employees can proactively maintain their health. We believe this will promote behavioral changes that will result in preventing health problems in the future.
We promote the PDCA cycle based on performance indicators and goals related to the maintenance and improvement of health for these employees to encourage their behavioral changes.
To meet such goals, for fiscal 2019, we will develop and execute various measures to improve the health awareness and literacy of these employees, through discussion and collaboration with the labor union.

Systems and initiatives for supporting occupational health and safety in Japan

Details Regarding Systems Initiatives
Regular Health Checkups All employees at Group companies in Japan undergo regular health checkups based on uniform standards. We cooperate with the Daiichi Sankyo Group Health Insurance Association to provide these employees suffering from or at risk of metabolic syndrome with nutrition and other guidance for improving their lifestyles from a health standpoint.
Excessive Overtime Countermeasures Consultations with physicians are provided for employees in Japan working extra hours. Those requiring additional care are offered personalized guidance that is coordinated between their supervisor and an occupational physician.
Medical Examination Program For the purpose of encouraging all employees at Group companies in Japan to receive medical examinations, we cooperate with the Daiichi Sankyo Group Health Insurance Association and offer time-off for these employees undergoing examinations. Dependents of these employees are also encouraged to receive examinations.
Mental Health Support We conduct stress checks, and individually conduct follow-up on Japan Group companies employees generally and assigned to organizations with high stress levels. Training is conducted regarding self-care*1 and line-care*2, among other initiatives to prevent mental health issues among these employees. Contracts are concluded with external mental health counseling firms that enable these employees to receive counseling at any time.
Return-to-Work Assistance We operate a return-to-work assistance program with the aim of achieving a smooth return to work after medical leave following injury or illness, as well as with the aim of preventing recurrence of illness. Based on this program, we assess whether Japan Group company employees in poor health are ready to return to work and conduct follow-up during and after their return to work while working with occupational physicians and occupational healthcare staff.
Dealing with Cancer With the objective of helping Japan Group company employees balance work and treatment, we have introduced a medical recovery leave system for those undergoing out-patient cancer treatment through which leave can be acquired in half- or full-day increments. Japan Group companies have also constructed guidebooks on living with cancer that are offered to employees to provide them with basic knowledge regarding cancer and information on the Company's support systems for helping them work with peace of mind as they battle cancer. Additionally, we have introduced a system where these Group employees can acquire leave in half- or full-day increments for treating diseases other than cancer.
Internal Health Website We have established a website featuring information about health on the Company intranet. This website presents these Group employees with information on the state of progress in promoting health management as well as applicable Company systems along with a wide variety of other aspects related to health.
Health Databank The Health Databank is equipped with centralized data management functions for medical checkup results. Employees of the Japan Group companies can access their individual results, along with self-care functions, including stress checks and fatigue assessment tests.
Health and Safety Training [Chemical safety education] Frequency: Twice a year
Participants: Researchers on synthetics
Details: Conducting education and training with the aim of thoroughly promoting the appropriate management of reagents according to laws and regulations, the prevention of accidents, and adherence to chemical compliance

[Animal testing]Frequency: About twice a year
Participants: Researchers conducting animal experiments and breeding staff
Details: Conducting education and training with the aim of thoroughly promoting the performance of animal testing appropriately and in accordance with animal testing laws and regulations, as well as animal welfare and occupational health and safety

[Radioisotopes]Frequency: Initially and once a year
Participants: Employees engaged in work involving radiation
Details: Conducting the necessary education and training to prevent radiation hazards
Health Improvement Support We are working with the Daiichi Sankyo Group Health Insurance Association to offer programs to help Group company employees in Japan adjust their lifestyles to realize healthier living, such as by walking for exercise, quitting smoking, or cutting back on alcohol. We also provide access to the KenCoM health management Internet service.
We also plan and organize health-related events independently within each workplace.
Group Long-Term Disability Insurance System To help mitigate the risk of losing one's livelihood, the Group Long-Term Disability Insurance System in Japan guarantees a fixed portion of income, possibly paid up to the retirement age, for eligible employees rendered incapable of working due to sickness or injury.
  • *1Activities are aimed at letting employees gain a better understanding of stress and mental health to enable them to handle their own stress properly.
  • *2Activities spearheaded by supervisors, who interact with their subordinates on a daily basis, include improving workplace environments to support good mental health and responding to consultations from subordinates.