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 2016 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.

2016 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

We regularly assign employees to crossing guard duty for traffic safety during the morning commuting hours that focus on such things as seatbelt wearing, observation of speed limits within the premises, observation of lane rules, and strict enforcement of temporary stops for the purpose of raising employee awareness of traffic safety and preventing traffic accidents within the premises at the Iwaki headquarters.

Safety and Health News

We publish Safety News once a month to raise awareness of safety and health among employees at the Iwaki headquarters. It provides specific information related to basic knowledge and behavior that should be learned in relation to work safety and health, including traffic accident prevention, fire prevention, and influenza countermeasures.

Safety and Health News

Safety and Health News

Number of industrial
accidents

FY2016 results

3

FY2015 results 2

Number of safety
inspections

FY2016 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

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.

Providing Cafeteria Menus That Take Employee Dietary Health into Account

At Alpine employee cafeterias, we provide healthy menus put together under the supervision of national registered dieticians. We support employee health through our cafeteria operations, including providing recommended combinations at the entrance and incorporating healthy, nutritionally balanced set meals for employees that are concerned about calories. Additionally, in fiscal year 2016 we carried out bone density measurement events and seminars on how to get your vegetable servings in collaboration with the employee cafeterias.
In the future, we will provide support for improving dietary knowledge and maintaining/promoting health, linking to health diagnosis results.

Board Displaying Calories

Board Displaying Calories

For better eating habits among our employees

AIM Services Co., Ltd.
National Registered Dietician

Sanae Takamori

Every day I think about what I can do as a national registered dietician so that the employees will have better eating habits. I try to provide creative menus, incorporating seasonal ingredients and holding events so that employees can continually enjoy food that is balanced in nutrition and both tastes and looks good, not just resorting to decreasing quantities. My desire is to support healthy lifestyles among employees through eating habits.

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 2016

Theme Implemented Organizer Description
Let's Talk About Corporate Culture May, 2016 Director in Charge of Administration Creating a corporate culture to please customers
Efforts for VISION 2020 and More August, 2016 Director in Charge of Engineering Strengths of Alpine technology and promising technical fields
Let's Talk About the Success of Women October, 2016 Outside Directors Creating a more comfortable workplace from the perspective of women
Let's Talk About the Job March, 2017 Director in Charge of Engineering How the company and employees can grow together

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

Germany: Marathon

Germany: Marathon

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 activities (badminton)

Japan: Club activities (badminton)

China

China: Family Day

China: Family Day

China: Jump-rope competition

China: Jump-rope competition

China: Team building event

China: Team building event

Asia

Thailand: Exchange event with local students

Thailand: Exchange event with local students

Thailand: Nature conservation activities

Thailand: Nature conservation activities

India: Get-together

India: Get-together

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