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CEBU CITY (Oct. 15, 2014) — Safety champions from affiliates Taiheiyo Cement Corporation (TCC) gathered for two days at the corporate headquarters in Tokyo, Japan to share their best practices and learn from each other in safety and environmental management.
Senior vice president for operations and plant manager Seiichi Nakamura and Eng’r. Romeo M. Gebilaguin, head of the Environment and Safety Department, represented Taiheiyo Cement Phils., Inc. (TCPI) in the gathering.
Both returned over the weekend.
Eight other TCC subsidiaries joined TCPI in the International Safety Meeting last Oct. 9, 2014 that was followed by a field trip on the following day at the Kumagaya Plant at the Saitama Prefecture, 60 kilometers northwest of Tokyo.
During the Oct. 9 gathering, Gebilaguin with Nakamura shared the Safety Strengthening Management Plan (SSMP) of TCPI to the participants.
It focused on the 32 items of concern in using the 5W’s and 1H in pursuing corrective measures and preventive action to address the safe working conditions in the workplace
As the plan also emphasizes the frequent practice of 5S, safety is now incorporated under the same SSMP in the job description of every TCPI employee to inculcate the sense of responsibility in work undertakings.
The 5S method for housekeeping and operations is capsulized in five Japanese words as seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu, and shitsuke. In English, they mean sort, systematize, shine, standardize and self-discipline.
Meanwhile, delegates from Rillito Cement Plant shared their safety program, while those from Qinhuangdao Asano Cement Co., Ltd. and Ssangyong Cement Industry Co., Ltd. shared their safety education system.
Taiheiyo Cement Ltd. of Papua New Guinea imparted on the use of a safety notebook with the advantage in having it printed in the local language as well as its conduct of safety patrols at night, while Nghi Son Cement Plant of Vietnam shared its expanded safety, hygiene and environmental patrol.
Dalian Onoda Cement Co., Ltd, representatives shared innovations in safety control during shutdown for periodic maintenance, while Jiangnan Onoda Cement Co., Ltd. tackled safety control after an incident.
Shenzhen Haixing-Onoda Cement Corp., on the other hand, emphasized on safety reward and penalties for employees.
By Oct. 11, Nakamura personally gave Gebilaguin a grand city tour in Tokyo that made him now attest that the practice of the 5S is very evident in the daily activities of the Japanese people.
“I’ve observed their orderliness and the cleanliness of the surroundings,” he said, adding: “What impressed me most is the discipline of the Japanese people, morally and socially.”