Our initiative on Occupational Health & Safety (OHS)In-house hands-on safety training program
Our construction department conducts "hands-on" safety training program using our own unique devices for hands-on experience. Our safety training program is not limited to the company, but gives instructions and guidance to all other related sub-contract parties involved in the our on-site construction project works. Through these efforts, we are striving to improve the OHS management level of the entire construction project sites. We always bear in mind that "safety is our top priority" and "health is wealth (health is the most valuable and precious for every individual) " We are also focusing on the Group's safety education programs not only in Japan but also overseas.
- We promote and provide safety training through "hands-on experiences"
- By loading main safety experience training apparatus into truck carriable mobile container, we travel to our project sites in Japan to provide on-site training.
- We provide safety training not only in Japan but also in our servicing hubs in Asia.
Hands-on Safety Training Program
Experiencing the electric shock
This is one training item of hands-on safety training program and one of the most important hands-on training items. The "electric shock experience" device aims to make all of our on-site construction project workers experience electric shock, and unlike the theory learning on paper, this device is designed to give lasting deeper impression to the trainees. We developed and manufactured this unique device.
- Each trainee directly touches the energized wire with both hands and monitors the current and voltage flowing through the human body from the monitoring panel.
- Each trainee feels a tingle (a low-level electric shock ( with a fuzzy feeling that runs through you – kind of like pins and needles) ) even with a small amount of voltage and current. Each trainee experiences how dangerous it is. Also, each trainee comes to be aware that electric shock is the most dangerous when sweating in the summer.
Eye-witness a three-phase short circuit case
Until now, it was extremely difficult to educate people about the visual experience of three-phase short-circuiting due to the scale and cost of the equipment, but due to strong requests from our on-site construction project workers, we conduct the actual test about once a year.
At our High Power Testing Laboratory in Meiden Numazu Works, we would conduct a large-scale test and demonstration. It uses its short-circuit generator. Watching this demonstration is very deeply memorable for the people involving the power equipment construction projects.
"Mobile Container" for Hands-on Safety Training
Every year, we would introduce hands-on safety training devices at in-house safety basic policy briefing session or site representative training program, etc., but we had only made them known to the limited number of our people. However, we believe that hands-on safety training program is most important for all our on-site workers as they are working at the actual project sites with occupational risks. Therefore, we manufactured and introduced a container with hands-on safety training devices to be anchored to a trailer. The container and trailer were from the market place. By putting it on the trailer, we can carry the container and visit our construction project site for safety training for our project-related people including sub-contractors people. Holding a hands-on safety training at the construction project site is very hard without such mobile container. In the future, we plan to visit our construction project sites in Japan to provide hands-on safety training there.
The main safety experience devices installed inside the container are as follows.
- Device for hands-on experience of a low-level electric shock
- Device for electric wire burnout demonstration
- Experiencing suspension (hanging) with safety harness
- Experiencing fall accident impact
- Experiencing a bolt drop impact
- Experiencing a child's eye sight
- Pointing and calling training device
- Experiencing intoxicated driving , etc.
Safety training programs in ASEAN Region
With the aim of raising awareness of safety among field engineers of Meiden Group firms in ASEAN Region, we introduced and implemented same on-site safety management programs there as practiced in Japan. This is to have common awareness on safety as Meiden Group firms and to keep the same high safety level among the Group firms.
Initiatives in Singapore
Singapore, where Meiden Group has a local presence, was early adopter of Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 - an international standard for OHS management systems, and is active in promoting safety programs. However, other ASEAN nations around Singapore are operating according to the OHS standards of each country. While complying with each national OHS standards and regulations, Meiden Group firms are working to have common safety awareness at home and abroad as a Group firm.
- We implement “KYK” (Hazard-Prediction Activity) method in Japan and “OHSAS” in Singapore
- Learning the significance of safety activities through the hands-on safety training programs
- Improving safety awareness by conducting classroom lectures and hands-on education
Classroom education scene
Scene of hands-on safety experience of low level electric shock
Scene of a program - suspension (hanging) experience with safety harness
Scene of demonstration of electric wire burnout