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 proper separation of waste, a company-wide initiative, are designated as “Eco-Leaders,” while those involved in the management of industrial waste to ensure compliance with the relevant laws and regulations, who are located mainly in our production plants, research and development facilities, and sales offices, are designated as “Industrial Waste Leaders,” and we provide them with training via e-learning.
To encourage recycling and proper management of various types of waste, the training includes information on the amount of waste, the recycling rate, and tips on actions to promote these efforts, as well as in-house case studies.
- Education of Energy Conservation Leaders
Regarding company-wide energy-saving activities, we designate employees who are in charge of equipment that uses energy directly and generates CO2 emissions from energy usage as “Energy Conservation Leaders” and provide them with e-learning to promote initiatives to reduce CO2 in each workplace.
The training program is designed to enhance employees’ ability to identify problems, improve their workplaces, and accelerate workplace-based energy conservation activities.
- Education Related to Chemical Substance Management
Failure to handle chemical substances properly can lead not only to violations of laws and regulations, but also to personal injury, environmental pollution, and other risks.
For staff in departments that handle controlled chemical substances, as defined in-house, we provide training on handling such materials from acquisition through to disposal, to strengthen the system for legal compliance and safe usage at each department.
Practical training is also held at facilities identified as potentially having a significant environmental impact should an accident occur to strengthen our ability to respond to risk.
4.Environmental 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.
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 2019
|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||111|
|Education for Eco-Leaders and Industrial Waste Leaders||Eco-Leaders and Industrial Waste Leaders||384|
|Education for Energy Conservation Leaders||Energy Conservation Leaders||310|
|Training sessions related to chemical substance management||Chemical Substance Managers and Handlers||256|
|Environmental Education for new employees (Forest preservation activities)||New employees||140|