Dec 20, 2010

Toyota Europe acts on corporate safety strategy

My last post, Toyota's workplace safety philosophy is part of sustainability, and this one will look at how that plays out in Europe.

In 2010, Toyota Motor Europe created a Safety Promotion Committee made up of representatives from senior management that will set direction on safety throughout European operations.

Safety improvements are made at other workplaces besides factories. For instance, parts centers, logistics, and offices had their share of improvements.

In the parts centers, the global strategy to reduce STOP 6 accidents (see the previous post) resulted in a significant improvement. New STOP 6 risk assessment tools and check sheets revealed improvements that reduced risk. There was also a focus on separating human work and machine work, avoiding falls from heights, and developing a safety awareness plan.

Formula: No of LTI/ Work hours x 1,000,000
Note: TPCE included

The vehicle logistics group worked with rail partners to prevent falls during rail transport. People must be able to get on the top of the rail transport units, but fixed safety barriers would not fit under bridges. Working with our rail logistics partners, the vehicle logistics team came up with a system of adjustable barriers.

Adjustable barriers fixed to rail carriages
Facilities including offices, garages, workshops, and laboratories in Brussels and Zaventem, Belgium established a system for risk assessment system of chemical products from purchase to disposal.

In FY09 there was improvement in Toyota Europe’s Lost Time Injury (LTI) rate. (Ergonomic injuries are now reported separately.)

    * Toyota Peugeot Citro├źn Automobile data integrated from FY07
    * Ergonomic injuries are reported separately from FY09, previously they were integrated into these statistics.
    * Formula: No. of LTI/ Work hours x 1,000,000

Throughout the European organization, an Ergonomics Working Group (EWG) of safety specialists share best practices, working with the Safety Working Group.


Daily pre-shift meetings make safety the first agenda item. Depending on their jobs, people go through some physical exercises to warm up and avoid injury. In addition safety checks are carried out on equipment.

The attention is on safe processes and equipment, safety kaizen, and training and confirmation. To help employees develop a “safety mind,” hazard awareness training is provided. Near miss reporting also triggers safety interventions. Following genchi-genbutsu -- go, look and study -- senior management can spot safety related issues and raise awareness of health and safety issues.

The number of lost time accidents and incidents of muscular skeletal symptoms (MSS) at UK manufacturing plants has been going down:
Using the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle approach, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey’s (TMMT) started production of the new Auris with extra improvements.
The importance of employee communication in identifying and reducing risks was the focus of Toyota Motor Industries Poland (TMIP)'s annual safety month. They even stopped production to find improvements. So far, more than 80% of improvement points have been addressed. Reportedly, 70% of employees said they would like to do it again. A more robust system for employee safety suggestions is in the works.

Overview of line stop activity at TMIP

Toyota's strategy of having each workplace drive improved safety, described in my previous post, can be seen in the differing details of safety improvement in Europe. The overall goal for each is zero accidents and injuries.

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