Associate safety is a top priority for DMTN. As part of the Body Electronics expansion in Building 204, pedestrian safe walkways were built into the design.
Over the past couple of weeks, new green walkways began being striped in Building 203 and 204.
“With the new safety routes, associates will see a clear path to walk and can stay clear of mobile equipment,” said Senior Specialist Erik Ramsey, Safety, Health and Environment.
New technology – such as automated guided vehicles – will make staying on segregated walkways even more important for the future.
“Technology is growing rapidly and we must stay safe,” said Senior Vice President Chuntao Ye. “No matter where you are on campus, safe walkways will look the same to reduce confusion and reinforce safe working habits, which are critical.”
The next step will connect Building 203 and 204 walkways with Logistics and Building 302.
Earlier this month, associates drove a Lexus RX equipped with DENSO’s Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). The active driving system can take over a vehicle and assist in avoiding traffic accidents, should a driver be distracted. Associates drove the vehicle at 15 mph toward a target and within seconds, ADAS stopped the car and protected the passengers.
The event showcased the impact of quality for associates and showed first-hand how producing a quality product plays a critical role in the future of mobility.
Hear what associates had to say about their experience:
As Safety Day/Month 2018 approaches, I want to remind everyone why DENSO is so committed to safety in the workplace. Forty-nine years ago, on September 8, there was an explosion at our ANJO facility that ultimately resulted in the tragic deaths of six DENSO associates.
Ever since, DENSO has made safety the foundation of everything we do. We are creating products and technologies that are advancing driver safety for everyone, but, just as important, we aim to set the industry standard in workplace safety for all our employees. This is why it is imperative that within our R&D Engineering team we have a continuous safety mindset.
What I mean by this is that no matter where you are or what you are doing, you are conscious of your safety and the safety of your co-workers. That you’re thinking about how to protect yourself and others. In an office, in a test lab, in our parking lot, in a manufacturing plant or at a customer site, we all must take ownership to ensure the safety for ourselves and those around us.
At DENSO, we implement safety processes and best practices, follow global safety standards, and require extensive training and reporting, but I believe in my heart that our associates keeping a continuous safety mindset is one of our greatest differentiators. Knowing we’re all coming to a safe place to work is what motivates us to continue to help shape a future where people can enjoy freedom of mobility with peace of mind.
In honor of Safety Day/Month on September 8, please consider how you can continuously promote safety for you and your associates every day. If you witness a dangerous or unsafe working environment, please communicate that immediately to your colleagues and supervisor.
Senior Vice President of Engineering, DIAM
By now you’ve had a chance to read the letter from our North American CEO Kenichiro Ito in reference to DENSO Safety Day.
I hope each of you take the time to reflect on the tragic event of September 8, 1969, when an explosion at the ANJO Plant resulted in six fellow DENSO Associates losing their lives.
This was the worst accident in DENSO’s history, and as a result, DENSO made a commitment that SAFETY would be the foundation for everything we do.
As we reflect on the tragedy and honor those who lost their lives, I ask all Associates – regardless of position, title or location – to re-affirm your commitment to safety and pledge to maintain a strong Safety First mindset in all that we do.
DENSO is growing in North America and Associates are joining our DENSO family weekly. Many of these are without extensive industrial experience. While practicing Safety First for ourselves, we must also teach new team members that safety is paramount in all we do.
Any interaction between an Associate and a piece of equipment will 100% favor the equipment. Don’t take this chance… ever. Use a tool to interact, not your body.
In recent years, several DENSO customers and other global sites have experienced contractor fatalities. We must ensure that all contractors and visitors at our companies understand our expectation of Safety First and that they strictly adhere to our rules and regulations.
I thank each Associate for their efforts in keeping Safety First at DENSO. Working together, we have accomplished many challenges and achieved many goals. However, we cannot relax at any time.
Remember that good safety practices – in everything we do – protect not only you, but also your family.
Executive Director of DNJP, and Manufacturing and Mobility Systems Business of North America
Safety Day: September 8, 2018
Many of you may know the story of the ANJO tragedy which occurred on September 8, 1969. Every year we come together to remember those we lost at ANJO and to re-affirm our commitment to providing a safe place to work for our associates.
Briefly, I would like to share what happened at ANJO.
A die-casting operation at the ANJO facility exploded. In those days there was little understanding on the nature of combustible aluminum dust. Twelve associates were injured. Unfortunately, six DENSO associates would lose their lives in the days that followed. Each of these associates was very young and had their whole lives in front of them. Their deaths impacted many people.
As a result of this tragic incident, DENSO made a commitment that SAFETY would be the foundation for everything that we do.
As CEO and your leader for DENSO in North America, my personal commitment for safety is that I promote our safety first mind and reinforce safety first management in NA.
Why should DENSO promote safety first mind activity?
It’s because we are all members of the DENSO family.
I want to stress that the safety first mind promotion activity is not just for our company.
It is for YOU, and your family and your friends.
If you have an accident at work and hurt yourself, you feel pain and may become depressed.
Your family and your friends may feel sad and unhappy to see your face.
DENSO considers associates as members of the DENSO family, so all DENSO management has a responsibility to protect our DENSO family from injury, when we work in a DENSO factory or office.
As you know, DENSO has many procedures and rules to protect associates from safety accidents. Please have the right understanding of the reason why we have many rules and the necessity to follow the rules.
And, if you find a dangerous operation or an unsafe working environment, please feel free to communicate with your coworkers and managers.
With associates and management working together to make DENSO a safe place to work, we can develop a culture of SAFETY that we all can be proud of!
Today, we declare in remembrance of those we have lost, that September 2018, is both a period of reflection and of rededication to our central mission to be safe.
Please – Always be safe!!
Kenichiro (Ken) Ito
President & CEO, DENSO International America, Inc.
Chairman of DENSO’s North America Board of Directors
Road traffic crashes account for approximately 1.25 million fatalities every year, and about 500 child fatalities every day. To help reduce auto crashes where DENSO’s more than 23,000 North American employees live and work, the global automotive supplier, together with Safe Kids Worldwide, co-created a comprehensive roadmap encouraging employees to spread safe driving habits: the Road Safety Associate Toolkit.
The 41-page document offers safety tips, infographics, activity sheets, and other materials to assist associates in making their communities safer for kids. The Toolkit has three sections: In and Around Cars; Pedestrian Safety, and Bike Safety.
The Toolkit includes tips on installing car seats and avoiding heatstroke, advice for parents on talking to teen drivers, ways to prevent kids from being distracted while walking near roadways, and Halloween safety precautions. It also provides contact information for local Safe Kid coalitions, an action plan to make school zones safer, other online resources, and social media posts.
“Safe Kids Worldwide has been laser focused on preventing childhood injuries for almost 30 years, and we’ve made a lot of progress toward keeping kids safe,” said Torine Creppy, president of Safe Kids Worldwide. “But we can do even more by partnering with the associates of DENSO. We’re confident that our joint initiative can help to reduce the number traffic crashes and protect our children.”
DENSO is also hosting safety events throughout the country to help educate community members about child safety on the road. May marks the company’s Global Safety Month, which will focus on celebrating DENSO’s work to produce the latest vehicle safety technology and further educating drivers and pedestrians about how to reduce auto accidents.
To download the Toolkit:
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About Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit organization working to protect kids on the road, at home and at play. Preventable injuries are the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and almost every one of these tragedies is preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 400 coalitions in the U.S. and with partners in more than 33 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 60 percent. Working together, we can do much more to protect kids. Join our effort at safekids.org.
Congratulations to DENSO’s team in Osceola, Arkansas, for taking home the 4 Million Man Hour Safety Award!
DENSO Manufacturing Arkansas was recognized by the Arkansas Department of Labor, Arkansas Insurance Department, and Arkansas Workers Compensation Commission for more than 4 million hours of work without an accident, injury, or illness between June 15, 2013 and January 31, 2017.
Thanks, Arkansas team, for your commitment to safety!
A message from Don Tracy, vice president, North America Production Innovation Center (Maryville, Tenn.)
Safety’s at the core of DENSO’s manufacturing process. From initial product design, we make sure our products are safe for our associates to build. This is why I joined DENSO 30 years ago. Back then, a family friend of mine gave me a call and told me that I had to go work for a company called Nippondenso, now DENSO. After the call, I started doing some research. I read about the Nippondenso core values and saw how much importance was placed on safety and quality. This convinced me to submit an application and accept an interview. During my interview, the hiring manager told me that their management style was “all for one and one for all.” I knew right then and there that people came first at Nippondenso, which sealed the deal.
My core is building trust and a growth mindset
This is how I feel building trust and a growth mindset are key to safety: We can all play a role in workplace safety by watching out for the safety of our co-workers. Think of it this way, if you’re working with three coworkers and trust that each of you are looking out for one another, your work environment becomes that much safer.
Also, without a safe work environment, we can’t possibly perform our best to create quality products. This is why we need to keep a growth mindset when it comes to safety. When we strive to improve safety, the quality of our products can improve. This is why safety always comes first before quality, cost and delivery.