Approach to associate health
Honda has adopted 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 treat them appropriately. Associates whose checkup indicates a health issue are given individual guidance and counseling.
For their part, associates continuously aim to adopt healthy lifestyle habits by paying close attention to their own physical and emotional health, making adjustments to improve their exercise habits, diets and other lifestyle aspects.
To ensure associates greater independence healthwise, Honda will look into and push ahead with initiatives focused on prevention of ilｌnesses.
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. Targeted checkups for associates aged 35 or older began in 2008. We make every effort to ensure that all eligible associates undergo these checkups.
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 are also working to reduce the burden imposed on associates by physically intense labor. For example we have installed assistive devices and auxiliary lifts for work that involves lifting heavy objects. Weare also undertaking new improvement activities by adopting new analytical techniques to identify areas where further improvements can be made, and having site personnel study them at the likes of in-house classes
* 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 aimed at 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 instruction in exercise and nutrition with related training programs, and are currently working to further activities addressing exercise habits, fitness, and lowering the smoking rate - areas that are all the more important, given the ongoing aging of our associates.
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 2009, with at-risk associates receiving advice on improving their life rhythm, nutrition guidance that proposes improvements in diet, and exercise instruction witha daily exercise regimen.
Holding physical fitness measurement sessions, “Try Walk,” and other events to improve exercise habits
Honda holds, among other related initiatives, a walking event conceived to spur associates to develop good exercise habits. We also hold events such as physical fitness measurement and health measurement sessions on an ongoing basis to give associates an opportunity to review their own physical fitness and health.
In 2011, we shifted the focus of these activities from the segregation of smoking to its prohibition and are working to achieve the companywide goals of eliminating the dangers of second-hand smoke, while dramatically reducing the percentage of associates who smoke. As a no-smoking measure, good progress has been made on prohibiting smoking indoors, and while meeting with other companies to exchange information on no-smoking measures, we are strengthening educational activities. For example we prohibited smoking at specific hours, held events to coincide with World No Tobacco Day, and made the 22nd day of each month a no-smoking challenge day.