As “The Gas Professionals,” we work to provide safe and stable supplies of industrial gases to customers in a wide range of industries.
To ensure safe and stable supplies of industrial gases, we are stepping up efforts at all Nippon Sanso Holdings Group production and supply facilities, as well as at the facilities of our sales partners and at our customers’ premises, to strengthen our capabilities at the production, supply, and use stages.
In line with our belief that “Selling gas is selling safety,” we rigorously implement safety management, having built a safety management system headed by the president and CEO under the president’s approach of steadily implementing independent safety measures. Specifically, the Global Strategy Review Committee, chaired by the president and CEO, meets every year, and the decisions made by the committee on matters including safety-related technology risk management are incorporated into the activity plans of each region around the world to ensure they are rigorously implemented.
Safety Management System in Nippon Sanso Holdings
The Group has established the NSHD Group Standards related to safety, quality, and the environment, and aims to further advance safe and stable supplies of industrial gases while integrating its standards in each region. Furthermore, at the TNSC Technical Academy, we conduct experience-based training to increase risk tolerance among other measures to implement training for Group employees in regions outside of Japan.
In addition to the above, the Group conducts the following kinds of safety activities in each region.
The Taiyo Nippon Sanso Group has bolstered its efforts to prevent accidents, such as presenting safety commendations to recognize the results of independent safety activities in its Production Division. In addition, to ensure the safe use of industrial gases by customers, we offer safety seminars regarding the properties of industrial gases, their dangers, and safe handling. We have also designated 55 emergency response depots nationwide to provide rapid responses to gas leaks occurring during transport of specialty gases or during use by customers, and we also conduct training and drills for emergency response personnel.
To conduct these initiatives systematically, the Taiyo Nippon Sanso Group has established the following safety management organization.
Taiyo Nippon Sanso Group Safety Management Organization
Safety and Quality and Product Safety Management Framework
* Specified sites are mixed-purpose sites—primarily production and research facilities—that are under direct divisional supervision and for which integrated safety management is necessary.
On the other hand, overseas, the Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc. Group aims to realize accident prevention through education based on e-learning and practical drills for the production and transport divisions. The Group conducts regular drills for containing leaking cylinders so that it can response rapidly to emergency situations such as leaks of specialty gases. The Nippon Gases Euro-Holding S.L.U. Group holds multiple accident prevention campaigns with full participation by all employees at its production facilities, constantly promoting and improving safety awareness and skills. At production sites in the Asia and Oceania region, we actively conduct safety patrols to promote improvements, and the regional safety officers come together at safety conferences to pursue best practices, aiming to supply industrial gases more safely and stably.
We conduct safety and environmental audits at our own sites, as well as at sites operated by affiliated companies to manage technological risks related to, among others, safety and the environment. Safety and environmental audits, the main goals of which include reinforcing compliance and preventing accidents, are conducted by the Technical Audit Dept., in principle every five years, at all Group companies in Japan and overseas. In FYE2020, safety and environmental audits were conducted at 26 sites belonging to 21 companies in Japan and four sites belonging to two companies in two countries overseas (Asia). Internal audits also were conducted in the United States and Europe and information was shared with the Technical Audit Dept..
Furthermore, in Japan we conducted management inspections, in which the general manager of the pertinent Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation division or branch assesses the status of safety and environmental activities from a management perspective.