Approach to associate health
Honda has embraced a policy of helping associates lead healthy, well-balanced lives.
As a company, we work to discover health problems early on through medical checkups and to treat them appropriately. Associates whose checkup indicates a health issue are given individual guidance and counseling.
For their part, associates strive continuously to adopt healthy lifestyle habits by paying close attention to their own physical and emotional health and actively taking advantage of opportunities to exercise and improve their health.
Honda has implemented a program of medical checkups for new hires, regular checkups, and special checkups as required by law. In addition, we offer government-designated checkups for VDT workers and other checkups as needed. We began offering targeted checkups to individuals judged to be at risk for adult-onset diseases in 2008, and in 2009 we added targeted health guidance in an effort to bring these services to 100% of at-risk individuals.
Mental health initiatives
Honda has implemented a number of companywide policies designed to foster associates' mental health through rules that address the prevention of mental health problems and improvement of individual motivation, their early discovery and appropriate treatment, and support for associates returning to work after a mental health-related leave of absence.
The company, its associates, and its managers all play a role in helping to create an environment where all associates can take pride in their work, approach their jobs with enthusiasm and passion, and maintain an energetic outlook by valuing individual diversity and communication.
In October 2009, we distributed leaflets and pamphlets to associates in an effort to help create a work environment conducive to both physical and mental health.
Preventing muscoskeletal disorders*
Honda is incorporating the perspective of ergonomics into the creation of work environments in line with its concept of people-friendly production processes. Under this approach, worker movements are analyzed and improvements made in order to ensure optimal work position and scope. We're also working to reduce the burden imposed on associates by physically intense labor, for example by installing assistive devices and auxiliary lifts for work that involves lifting heavy objects. We're also using new analytical techniques to identify areas where further improvements can be made.
*Injuries to the nerves and muscles of the neck, back, arms, and legs as well as surrounding tissues due to simple, repetitive tasks or work that imposes too great a physical burden on the body
Total Health Promotion Plan (THP)
In 1988, as part of a health and welfare program designed to help associates enjoy healthy and satisfying lives, Honda established a THP Committee and formulated a Total Health Promotion Plan offering ongoing, systematic support to encourage associates to maintain and improve their health. Consisting of a series of companywide policies based on raising awareness and motivating associates to take the initiative to live healthily, the plan encourages associates to prevent adult-onset diseases, track their physical fitness, participate in "Try Walk" events, and quit smoking. We also offer a range of exercise instruction, nutrition guidance, and related training programs and plan to strengthen efforts to improve exercise habits in response to the aging of the population, boost physical fitness, and redouble our no-smoking activities.
Guidance for preventing adult-onset diseases
Honda offers guidance in how to prevent adult-onset diseases based on the results of associates' regular medical checkups. We began offering targeted health guidance in April 2009, with at-risk associates receiving health guidance that encourages them to improve their life rhythm, nutrition guidance that proposes improvements in diet, and exercise instruction that proposes a daily exercise regimen.
Holding physical fitness measurement sessions, "Try Walk," and other events to improve exercise habits
Honda holds "Try Walk 21," a walking event conceived to spur associates to develop good exercise habits. We also hold events such as physical fitness measurement sessions and exercise courses on an ongoing basis to give associates an opportunity to review their own physical fitness and health.
From segregated smoking areas to a no-smoking policy
Honda has segregated smoking throughout its facilities by creating smoking areas in office and production floor break rooms. In fiscal 2012 and beyond, we plan to shift the focus of these activities from the segregation of smoking to its prohibition as part of a more aggressive organizational program of no-smoking activities.