Internal Environmental Auditing/Education

Internal Environmental Auditors

Internal environmental auditing is for checking whether we are making reliable progress with respect to the goals and targets that we have prescribed for ourselves as well as for remedying any deviations from these targets at an early stage and is a very important measure to maintain ISO 14001.
Internal environmental audits are performed efficiently in line with the implementation plans for each year. Business organizations and departments that pose significant environmental risks are monitored selectively based on items designated in previous internal environmental audits and external audits, as well as revisions to environmental related laws and regulations, and the management status of environmental facilities and chemical substances. In addition, the activities performed include not only the discovery of con-conformities, but also the identification of case studies of favorable activities within the measures of departments being audited, which can then serve as a pattern for other departments, thereby sharing them within the company through horizontal deployment.

In 2016, internal environmental audits were implemented with respect to 32 departments and 3 committees. As a result, 14 cases of con-conformity were identified in 8 departments. In all cases however, measures to remedy the situation were pursued according to plan in order to prevent a recurrence.

Environmental Education and Training

A diverse environmental education program is prepared, varying by hierarchical level and objective.
In part, implementation is mandatory due to ISO 14001. However, there are also voluntary measures being taken internally, with practical details implemented in each department related to lessening risks.

1.General Environmental Education

The objective of such training is to disseminate environmental policies, the importance of compliance with environmental management system requirements, significant environmental aspects through the results of environmental impact assessments, environmental laws and regulations related to business activities, and the company-wide and departmental objectives and targets for each year.
This applies to all personnel in the site at Shimadzu Corporation and their related business organizations subject to ISO14001 authentication. It is also implemented separately in each department for personnel who are reshuffled or transferred.

2.Education for Internal Environmental Auditors

Increasing the capabilities of each and every internal environmental auditor is indispensable to enhance the quality of the audits held every year. For this reason, periodic training is implemented for internal environmental auditors, with all personnel required to participate on an annual basis, thereby deepening their knowledge and raising their level.
In addition to amendments to environmental laws and regulations as well as changes to internal regulations, exercises are implemented to discuss what sort of environmental impacts and administrative impacts arise from cases of internal and external environmental risk. This is based on environmental risk sensitivity training, which was developed by the Environmental Risk Management Society in the electrical and electronic instrument industry.
Themes include waste and chemical substances but differ every year, and simulated audits are implemented as group work based on conditions and information from a fictitious business organization. This training is performed while holding discussions on the standardization of items pointed out on an individual basis, and from the point of view of uncovering problems.

3.Special Environmental Education and Training

As a result of environmental impact assessments, education is implemented with respect to relevant personnel involved in activities identified as needing to be addressed as a priority.

  • Education of Eco-Leaders and Industrial Waste Leaders
    Employees involved in the company-wide measures for discharging paper trash (business related general wastes) and using copy paper are designated as Eco-Leaders. Similarly, relevant employees involved in the discharge of industrial wastes centered on manufacturing, R&D, and sales & marketing sites are designated as Industrial Waste Leaders. Education is implemented for both types of leaders via e-learning.
    With the goal of reducing and appropriately managing the amount of waste discharged, as well as reducing the amount of copy paper used, courses are constructed using content integrating internal cases including trends in discharge quantities, strategies for reducing discharge quantities, and methods for considering the environment when using copy paper.
  • Education of Energy Conservation Leaders
    Employees involved in the company-wide measure for discharging CO2 from energy usage are designated as Energy Conservation Leaders. Education for them is implemented via e-learning based on measures related to reducing CO2 at each workplace.
  • Education Related to Chemical Substance Management
    With regards to the management of chemical substances used in various departments in the company, if appropriate measures are not taken, in addition to the occurrence of chemical and physical accidents, there is a risk that laws will be breached. To increase knowledge and awareness of such matters, education is implemented by departments in charge of laws and regulations, targeting the departments involved in handling chemical substances.
    In 2016, training was implemented at seven locations in Japan involved in the handling of chemical substances, including Sanjo Works in Kyoto, with 435 attendees.
    In addition, as measures by the departments themselves, practical training is implemented in anticipation of leaks and other emergencies, thereby increasing the ability to cope with risks.

4.Education for New Employees

New employees are also educated with respect to energy saving activities, the separation and recycling of waste, and the management of chemical substances. In particular, energy saving products and other eco-label products, a feature of Shimadzu, as well as products that contribute to the environment such as environmental measurement instruments, are proactively introduced.
In addition, philosophies and attitudes towards environmental activities are shared by working in the Shimadzu Corporation Forest in Nantan City, Kyoto Prefecture, where Shimadzu is engaged in forest preservation activities.

List of the Number of Attendees in 2016
Name of Training Applicable Personnel Number of Attendees
General environmental education All people in the site All people
Education for internal environmental auditors Internal environmental auditors 87
Education for Eco-Leaders and Industrial Waste Leaders Eco-Leaders and Industrial Waste Leaders 326
Education for Energy Conservation Leaders Energy Conservation Leaders 288
Training sessions related to chemical substance management Chemical Substance Managers and Handlers 435
Education for new employees (Forest preservation activities) New employees 99