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JISHA's Main Activities

  1. Support for the introduction of risk assessment and establishment of occupational safety and health management systems (OSHMS)
    1. In response to enterprises' demand for skilled manpower that will immediately be useful in the field of risk assessment and OSHMS, JISHA organizes a set of seminars ranging from a fundamental course covering the basics of risk assessment to a more sophisticated course which teaches how to introduce, operate, and audit OSHMS in a workplace.
    2. Upon request from enterprises, JISHA also sends experts to the workplace to give employers certain advice necessary for introducing or establishing an OSHMS appropriately.
      JISHA also conducts its own OSHMS Standards Certification service in accordance with the guidelines of the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) and of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
    JISHA OSHMS Standards Certification
  2. Physical and mental health promotion and mental health measures
    1. With a view to promoting both the physical and mental health of people in the workplace, JISHA organizes seminars for instructors of enterprises in the field of physical exercise, nutrition guidance, health guidance or counseling, and/or sends experts to enterprises upon request for practical in-house training of the instructors. JISHA also provides a health-advice service that has been developed in the form of health guidance tools to promote workers' self-awareness.
    2. In order to promote mental health measures in the workplace, JISHA organizes several types of seminars: e.g., those where preventive measures ranging from grade one to three can be studied comprehensively, or those designed to help supervisors or occupational safety and health (OSH) staff learn the approaches and techniques required to exercise their specific responsibilities. JISHA, as in the case above, sends experts to the workplace upon request to help arrange in-house training.
  3. Promotion of OSH education
    1. JISHA organizes a set of seminars targeting different ranks of people in enterprises, corresponding to their specific roles: e.g., OSH Top Seminars designed to help top managers learn the importance of OSH management in business; trainings for newly employed staff or for foremen or team leaders, which are obligatory based on the Industrial Safety and Health Act; or technical training designed to help OSH-responsible staff or line managers learn practical know-how and techniques about OSH affairs. JISHA also sends experts to workplaces upon request to provide technical advice or to help organize in-house training.
    2. The Occupational Safety and Health Education Centers in Tokyo and Osaka run a variety of OSH technical training courses for the OSH trainers/instructors of enterprises.
    3. JISHA holds a National Industrial Safety and Health Convention once a year, where, in addition to ceremonial events including award ceremonies, special lecture(s) and workshops are organized to expose participants to the latest OSH-related information and knowledge, and give them opportunities to learn OSH-related practical experience from other enterprises.
  4. Assistance in the introduction and operation of Zero-Accident-Campaigns
    1. A Zero-Accident-Campaign is a culture-oriented activity that places priority on OSH and a lively workplace. Based on the philosophy of respect for human beings, all managers and employees participate as a whole in industrial-accident prevention activities at their workplaces, striving to find solutions to problems and to realize “zero accidents” as their ultimate goal. Currently, JISHA is promoting campaigns under the 8th five-year Campaign Promotion Plan that started in 2008.
    2. In order to promote campaigns across the country, JISHA organizes a set of seminars, namely: seminars for top managers who are planning to introduce campaign activities; seminars for line managers who are primarily responsible for the campaign in the workplace on zero-accident theory and practice; or training for the KYT trainers who will educate leaders of KYT activities, or hazard-prediction activities, in the workplace. Recently, in addition to the above-mentioned activities, JISHA also implements KYT training on safe driving and in the medical occupations.
  5. JISHA's on-demand technical services
    1. Upon request from enterprises, JISHA sends experts such as safety/health officers to workplaces to diagnose OSH conditions and give employers necessary advice on problems, if any, with the machinery or operational methods.
    2. Upon request from enterprises, JISHA implements analysis, investigation, research or consultation on hazardous chemicals such as the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which cause sick house syndrome, electromagnetic waves, or airborne asbestos in the air.
    3. Regarding working conditions stipulated by law, JISHA conducts measurements of dust, lead, noise, intensity of illumination for VDT work, velocity control of local exhaust ventilation systems, or the status of use of organic solvents and specified chemical substances. Based on the measurement results, JISHA proposes countermeasures to improve conditions, or sends experts to the enterprises to help with in-house training.
    4. JISHA analyzes employee's blood, urine, or hair to detect chemical substances, and analyzes raw materials to determine silica, asbestos or poisonous substances such as metal or organic solvents.
    5. JISHA implements regular health examinations. JISHA also implements special health examinations for workers dealing with chemical hazards, engaged in VDT work, or working amid vibration or noise, and gives overall advice on health management that takes into consideration each type of working environment.
  6. International cooperation
    1. JISHA promotes international exchange with overseas OSH organizations in the form of receiving guests on an ad hoc basis or attending international meetings including those of ILO/CIS and the Asia Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organization (APOSHO).
    2. JISHA organizes the JISHA OSH Seminar annually to provide technical cooperation for overseas OSH organizations. In addition, JISHA arranges training courses on OSH policy-related affairs, on commission from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
  7. Assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises
    1. Commissioned by the MHLW and based on cooperation with the local Prefectural Labour Offices of the ministry, JISHA offers the “Tampopo (Dandelion) Project” to group(s) of enterprises with less than 50 employees. The project consists of guidance and assistance by OSH experts, supply of funds necessary for the activities of the groups, OSH education, and measurement of the working environment.
    2. Also on commission from the MHLW, JISHA provides SMEs that are members of the Tampopo Project or accredited for another project by the local Prefectural Labour Office director(s) with financial subsidies for the improvement of machinery or working conditions.
  8. Dissemination of publications and provision of the latest information
    1. JISHA issues monthly magazines and other publications, and produces posters and other OSH-related goods.
    2. JISHA also provides information via the Internet. In particular, JISHA's Japan Advanced Information Center of Safety and Health (JAISH) provides a large variety of information at its website, including information on laws and regulations, examples of industrial accidents, statistics, chemical substances and material safety data sheets (MSDS) which are compliant with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
    3. JISHA provides the latest information on safety and health-related protective equipment and devices at the Green Cross Exhibition, which it holds concurrently with the National Industrial Safety and Health Convention.
  9. Investigation of chemical substances for toxicity and safety testing
    On commission from the governments and private companies, the Japan Bioassay Research Center conducts a variety of animal toxicity tests on chemical substances and mutagenicity tests using microorganisms and cultured cells, and provides the output data.

 

International Affairs Center

The International Affairs Center was established in the headquarters of JISHA in Tokyo on July 1, 2008, with the purpose of promoting international activities concerning industrial safety and health. The former Japan International Center for Occupational Safety and Health, or JICOSH, which had been established on the outskirts of Tokyo to implement the activities commissioned by the Government, was permanently closed down at the end of March, 2008.