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.
Percentage of Employees Taking Stress Checks
|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
|Number of employees taking position-based mental care education||NGK||All||558||1,009||402||567||614|
|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
|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
|Smoking ratio (%)||NGK||24.6||25.0||26.0|
Percentage of Employees Taking Metabolic Syndrome Checkup
|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
|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.
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.