Workplace Enhancement

Alpine develops a safe and healthy working environment, in which each employee can work securely.

Basic Labor Safety Concept

To secure a safe and comfortable working environment, we established a Safety and Sanitation Committee to monitor tidiness, cleanliness, and employee training at our facilities. With the goal of ensuring full employee participation in creating and maintaining a healthy, safe, and accident-free workplace, Alpine set three priority items in 2015 to promote the prevention of accidents, and enhanced both employee and workplace safety through work environment patrols and the provision of monthly safety broadcasting programs.

2015 Priority Items

  • Thorough employee training
  • Raising awareness of health management
  • Raising awareness of traffic safety

Work environment patrol

Work environment patrol

Global Safety Management

To create a secure and comfortable work environment, Alpine conducts thorough disaster prevention and risk management at all manufacturing bases.
In accordance with in-house comprehensive safety standards, we conduct periodical global safety inspections to identify problems and take prompt corrective action.

Crossing Guard Duty for Traffic Safety

Iwaki Headquarters assigns employees to crossing guard duty for traffic safety during morning commuting time to prevent accidents on the premise and raise employee awareness about traffic safety.
In 2015, we focused on seatbelt use, obeying the on-site speed limit, preventing mistaken lane use, encouraging full stops at signs, etc.

Safety Broadcasts

Iwaki Headquarters has a monthly safety broadcast to raise employee awareness about safety and health.
The broadcasts include information designed to prevent traffic accidents, fire and influenza.

Number of industrial
accidents

FY2015 results

2

Number of safety
inspections

FY2015 results

28

Overseas inspections: 2 times/ Inspections in Japan: 26 times

Safety-consciousness after the Earthquake

The people of Fukushima continue to feel anxiety after the Great East Japan Earthquake and the ensuing nuclear accident. As part of our corporate responsibility, we continue to provide support needed to create an environment in which employees and their families can enjoy peace of mind. At Alpine, we have set up radiation monitoring posts throughout our company that display radiation levels in the environment and in food served in our cafeteria to demonstrate visually that employees are safe from radiation from the nuclear power plant. We also worked with a third-party radiation examination specialist from overseas to confirm our measurements.

To further promote employee peace of mind, we have introduced buses equipped with whole body counters that measure the level of radioactivity employees and their families are exposed to. The results are analyzed by a university professor specializing in radiation, and we offer consultation session with his support.

Radiation Monitoring Post

Radiation Monitoring Post

Bus Equipped with Whole Body Counter

Bus Equipped with Whole Body Counter

Safety Project Members

Alpine’s production company, Alpine Manufacturing, participated in the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Safety Project designed to create working environments that make employees and families happier. On the Safety Project website, we declare our policy of safety activities as a fundamental concept of the corporate management, provide thorough safety management to maximize the safety and health of the employees and people in the region as we strive for workplaces that we can be proud of.

Major Safety Management Activities

Installation of large notice boards

Installation of large notice boards

Placing cargo height limit markers

Placing cargo height limit markers

Presentations by industrial physicians

Presentations by industrial physicians

Safety Committee patrols

Safety Committee patrols

Posting photos of individual SMT production line employees that show their skill level

Posting photos of individual SMT production line employees that show their skill level

Publicizing improvement activities

Publicizing improvement activities

Receiving the Encouragement Award from the Director of the Fukushima Labor Bureau

At the 2015 Fukushima Prefecture Occupational Safety and Health Conference held to improve industrial safety and health activities, Alpine's Onomachi Plant was recognized for its high level of safety and sanitation with the Encouragement Award presented by the Director of the Fukushima Labor Bureau. We view this award as an opportunity to enhance the safety and security of the working environment under the direction of the Safety and Sanitation Committee.

Award Ceremony

Award Ceremony

Mental and Physical Health

Alpine puts an emphasis on maintaining and promoting employee health, and provides regular physical examinations and medical counseling. Opportunities are also provided for employees to receive vaccinations and other health-related benefits according to the plans and environments at each facility.
We also have a consultation desk staffed by a professional counselor for employees to meet with for mental health issues. In addition to providing practical mental health advice, the consultation desk also serves to identify problems through counseling that affect the workplace as a whole, which we can then work to correct.

Vaccinations in Thailand

Vaccinations in Thailand

Stress Checks

In accordance with the December 2015 revision to the Industrial Safety and Health Act, we will be conducting stress checks for our employees starting in 2016. Employees will answer 57 questions related to stress to help them be aware of their own stress levels and prevent mental health problems from arising. The results will be tied in to improvement activities for creating a better working environment.

Food Education at Regional Seminars

In response to a request from the Iwaki City Health Center, we gave a presentation on employee health at the 2nd seminar for personnel in charge of regional public health on November 10, 2015 with approximately 100 personnel employed at schools and companies registered as specific lunch facilities in the city.
We explained our approaches to health checks, health guidance, and food education activities in cooperation with company dining facility staff.

Seminar

Seminar

Reference materials for the presentation

Reference materials for the presentation

Creating menus designed to improve employee health

Alpine Business Service, Inc.
General Affairs Support Center

 Orie Sato

Alpine strives to create healthy and appealing menus based on annual periodical health checks in cooperation with company dining facilities.
Since 2014, we have provided support to employees whose checkups revealed health issues in collaboration with the Health Management Office. We provide health seminars to help employees prevent health problems from developing in the future.
We strive to ensure that our restaurants are able to satisfy individual employee needs.
In 2016, we have scheduled events designed to promote health and lead to the development of a vigorous workplace.

Mental Healthcare

A significant number of employees feel work-related stress on a daily basis. To address this, Alpine provides counseling three times weekly with professional counselors. This service places a priority on reducing mental health issues in individual employees by seeking to identify specific issues and tendencies utilizing the results of counseling to develop measures that facilitate the creation of an environment in which all employees can work more comfortably.

Communication

Comprehensive Awareness Survey

Alpine has conducted a Comprehensive Employee Awareness Survey since 2003 to improve the working environment. Results of the 2015 survey showed that employee satisfaction with the company environment increased over the survey conducted in 2012.
Results also showed problems in communication, management, and work-life balance in the workplace. These will be discussed between labor and management to plan measures for improvement.

15th Comprehensive Employee Awareness Survey Results

15th Comprehensive Employee Awareness Survey Results

Comprehensive Satisfaction with the Company

Comprehensive Satisfaction with the Company

Labor-Management Council

At Alpine, we have frequent communication between labor and management in order to maintain or improve working conditions for our employees and to improve their economic status. Labor and management discuss various issues for improving the workplace environment on a fair and level playing field, including revisions to the labor-management agreement, promotion of operational efficiency and leave privileges, and bonus negotiations.
Labor and management interaction is also actively promoted at our office in China. Feedback is gathered from employees on the workplace environment and submitted to the management team six times a year, and direct discussions by labor and management on the company’s policies and wages are held 12 times a year. These efforts are used to improve the workplace environment. These activities have also been highly rated by outside parties.

Round Table Discussion with Top Management

Alpine holds round table discussions between top management and young employees periodically for face-to-face communication to increase mutual understanding. In 2015, the company executives in sales, production, and technology and young employees actively exchanged opinions on each theme.

Round Table Discussion Content 2015

Theme Month Director in charge Content
Let's talk about VISION 2020 July Director in charge of sales What is expected of the sales division/ Sales strategy/ Future vision
Enjoy challenging work October Director in charge of production The importance of being engaged in challenging work/ Goal setting
Let's talk about the Alpine sound December Director in charge of technology Sound creation/ Product development responding to changing needs

Creation of a Workplace that Embraces Individuality

Each Alpine office carries out a wide range of activities aimed at creating working environments that facilitate employee communication.

Americas

USA: Softball team

USA: Softball team

Mexico: Special lunch event

Mexico: Special lunch event

Mexico: Team building event

Mexico: Team building event

Europe

Hungary: Christmas party

Hungary: Christmas party

Hungary: Soccer team

Hungary: Soccer team

UK: Costume party

UK: Costume party

Japan

Japan: Soccer competition

Japan: Soccer competition

Japan: Iwaki dance

Japan: Iwaki dance

Japan: Club activity (baseball)

Japan: Club activity (baseball)

China

China: Family Day

China: Family Day

China: Mid-Autumn Festival

China: Mid-Autumn Festival

China: Team building event

China: Team building event

Asia

Thailand: Exchange event with local students

Thailand: Exchange event with local students

Australia: 100km walk

Australia: 100km walk

India: Get-together

India: Get-together

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