Developing a global occupational health and safety management system model for Japanese companies

Shigeyuki Kajiki, Koji Mori, Yuichi Kobayashi, Kou Hiraoka, Nanae Fukai, Masamichi Uehara, Nuri Purwito Adi, Shigemoto Nakanishi

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Abstract

Objectives: To develop and validate a global occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) model for Japanese companies. Methods: In cooperation with a Japanese company, we established a research team and gathered information on occupational health and safety (OHS) practices in nine countries where the target company operated manufacturing sites. We then developed a model hypothesis via research team meeting. The model hypothesis was introduced to local factories in Indonesia and Thailand as trial sites. We evaluated the roles of the company headquarters, the implementation process, and any improvements in OHS practices at the sites. Based on the results, a global OHSMS model was formalized for global introduction. Results: The model consisted of both headquarters and site roles. These roles were well-functioning, and OHS at the sites improved. Two issues concerning the functioning of the headquarters were identified: the need to establish a reporting system to the headquarters and the need to support the improvement of specialized human resources. By improving the model hypothesis to address these issues, the model was formalized for global introduction. Conclusions: The global OHSMS model was based on the use of methods and specialized human resources relevant to each region and their common objectives, as well as evaluation indicators based on the minimum requirements of the company headquarters. To verify the effectiveness of this model, the experiment should be extended to other countries.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Occupational Health
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • global OHSMS
  • Japanese companies
  • performance audit
  • reporting system
  • specialized human resources

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