Safety and Health

Promotion of Activities Supporting Mental and Physical Health

Four Types of Care for Mental Health

We facilitate the widespread implementation of ongoing mental and physical health promotion activities, centering on the four types of care for mental health promoted by the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare (MHLW).
In fiscal 2019, we carried out stress checks for all employees and had test results analyzed by group. Based on the results of this analysis, we have a six-month program that involves training the managers of workplaces with comparatively high stress levels in improving interpersonal relations within the workplace and improving the work environment.

Four types of care for mental health. Self-care, line care, care by industrial health staff within business sites, and care by resources outside business sites.

Percentage of Employees Taking Stress Checks

Unit: %

Item Scope FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 Target
Percentage of employees taking stress checks NGK 91.4 93.4 94.9 95.9 100
Percentage with high stress levels 9.0 9.7 11.7 10.7 -

Position-Based Mental Care Education

With an emphasis on self-care for new employees and young employees, we strive to deepen understanding of mental health by combining self-care and line care for new supervisors and managers.
In fiscal 2019, we provided training for managers in areas with high occurrences of employee mental health problems with the goal of detecting and treating problems early on and putting these employees on the road to early recovery.

Position-Based Mental Care Education

Item Scope Category FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Number of employees taking position-based mental care education NGK All 558 1,009 402 567 614
New hires 199 234 158 192 143
General employees 272 325 181 306 339
Managers 87 450 63 69 132

Anti-Harassment Training

Item FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Sessions held 11 6 5 5 5
Number of participants 277 326 350 464 419

Promoting Better Health and Wellbeing among Employees

In addition to annual health exams, NGK holds collaborative health promotion activities* with the health insurance association in efforts to promote better health and physical strength among employees. These activities include health lectures, health declaration challenges, the use of health apps for smartphones, physical strength measuring events, walking-age assessment events and related lectures, and recreational walks.

An initiative in which health insurance associations work closely with companies and use their respective strengths to create a positive work environment by efficiently and effectively promoting the health and wellbeing of employees and their families.

Percentage of Employees Taking Health Exams

Item Scope Category FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 Target
Periodic health exam NGK Total employees 3,846 4,035 4,266 4,683 4,936 -
Number taking health exam 3,794 3,946 4,230 4,601 4,855
Number of exceptions* 52 89 36 82 81
Health exam ratio (%) 100 100 100 100 100 100

Employees on maternity leave, temporary retirement, etc.

Percentage of Smokers

Item Scope FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Smoking ratio (%) NGK 24.6 25.0 26.0

Percentage of Employees Taking Metabolic Syndrome Checkup

Unit: %

Item Scope FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Percentage of employees taking metabolic syndrome checkups NGK 84.5 84.8 86.3 86.3 Compilation results in about November 2020
Percentage with metabolic syndrome NGK 15.7 13.2 13.1 14.3
Percentage under medical guidance NGK 42.1 59.1 58.6 56.7

Number of Participants in Health Promotion Initiatives

Unit: Persons

Item Participants FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Health lectures NGK managers 200 270 300
Health declaration challenges NGK employees 1,306 1,590 1,199
Smartphone health apps NGK employees and families 522 742 1,127
Physical dynamism checkups NGK employees 192 191 -
Walking-age assessments and lectures NGK employees - - 64
Recreational walks NGK employees and families 223 163 223

Response to Infectious Diseases and Other Global Health Problems

There are approximately 450 NGK employees and family members posted overseas, and our employees in Japan take more than 3,000 overseas business trips a year, thus creating substantial risk of contracting infectious diseases. To reduce this risk, those posted overseas and taking business trips, as well as their families, are provided with health management training by industrial physicians.
Participants learn the fundamentals of infectious diseases, are advised to take immunization shots, and are taught ways to avoid contracting things like HIV and malaria.
During the influenza season from autumn to winter, employees going on overseas business trips can get influenza shots at the in-company clinic.

Outstanding Health and Productivity Management Company

Since 2019, we have been included in the 2019 “White 500” list under the Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program, run by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Nippon Kenko Kaigi.

Logo of the 2020 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program “White 500.”

Aichi Prefecture Advanced Health Management Company

NGK and the NGK Health Insurance Association have earned a designation as an Advanced Health Management Company by the Aichi prefectural government. The aim of this program is to recognize companies and organizations that aggressively pursue health management, in the process increasing the number of companies taking action towards a healthy workforce and increasing the healthy life expectancy of the prefecture's citizens.

Ceremony for certification as an Aichi Prefecture health management company.