In Japan, Bridgestone conducts regular and special health check-ups, as well as health exams, for employees working overseas as required under the Industrial Safety and Health Law. Employees facing health issues are given proper healthcare guidance, typically by resident industrial physicians at the Company’s Health Care Center.
In addition to having 12 industrial medicine specialists available at 12 sites nationwide, Bridgestone holds an annual meeting in which all industrial physicians participate. The Company also has a full industrial health staff, including public health nurses, for handling special examinations and health insurance guidance.
Bridgestone recognizes the need to avoid long hours at the office and unusual amounts of overtime or late-night work to prevent health risks caused by overwork. In Japan, Bridgestone complies with the Labor Standards Act by working to reduce overtime and encouraging employees to use their annual holiday leave.
In 2017, the rate of employees taking annual paid leave was 73.3%, with an average of 14.7 days.
Bridgestone also has a program requiring employees working more than a fixed number of hours to consult with industrial physicians to help maintain good health.
Total annual hours worked* 2,051 hours (FY 2017)
Annual overtime hours worked 291 hours (FY 2017)
* Total annual hours worked = (Annual regular hours worked) + (Annual overtime hours worked) - (Annual paid holidays taken) - (Other holidays taken)
Thorough Smoking Area Enforcement
Bridgestone complies with the Health Promotion Act executed in Japan in May 2003 by thoroughly enforcing smoking in designated areas only. This policy applies to visitors.
Mental Health Efforts
In Japan, Bridgestone supports its employees psychological and physical health. Industrial physicians and medical staff serve as the core of the company’s mental health efforts, along with an external Employee Assistance Program (EAP). In line with Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare guidelines (covering self-care, consultation line care, on-site industrial medical staff care and off-site care), Bridgestone has established a mental health plan for each office.