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Disaster-Preparedness and Safety Initiatives
Mitsuboshi Belting raises employee awareness of disaster by conducting companywide emergency communication drills, as well as disaster-preparedness drills in league with local communities and evacuation drills. In addition, during National Safety Week in Japan, management and employees at each of our plants patrol their local areas, scout out any potential dangers and participate in efforts to address them.
General Disaster-Preparedness Drills
Every month, each of our offices conducts disaster-preparedness drills, and we have designed January 17 as Mitsuboshi Belting Disaster Preparedness Day, marking the date of the Great Hanshin Earthquake. On or around that date, each year we conduct a larger-scale general disaster preparedness drill with cooperation from the local fire department. Assuming an earthquake measuring 6-upper on the Japanese seismic intensity scale, we visit local elementary schools and, eliciting support from the neighboring community, conduct evacuation drills, drills on searching for injured people, fire extinguishing drills and food distribution drills. On an irregular basis, we also conduct other drills, such as bucket relays, stacking sandbags to keep out flooding, building emergency stretchers, transporting people on cloth stretchers and transporting emergency goods.
Safety Training for New Employees
As part of their safety training, new employees take part in woodworking activities (building chairs).
Within our core domain of manufacturing, incorporating woodworking within the new employee training program serves two purposes: demonstrating the joys of manufacturing and boosting awareness about the safe use of tools.
Working in teams of around six, trainees begin by measuring the dimensions of the wood they will be using from discarded pallets. After discussing what type of chair they will build, the team dismantles and cuts up their pallets. They have four hours to complete the project.