Support for Firefighting

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Support for Firefighting

Site Activity Overview, results
Sakai Plant Formation of in-house firefighting unit The plants formed an in-house firefighting division, and in each division a firefighting unit was formed.
During a disaster, the head and deputy head of the in-house firefighting division along with the general affairs, security, facility, and rescue teams will establish a headquarters team, and the in-house firefighting units of the district will carry out initial fire suppression activities using fire extinguishers and fire hydrants. The rescue team will carry out search and rescue activities in case of any missing persons.
Yodogawa Plant

Joined the special firefighting team of Settsu City

Yodogawa Plant

Thirteen employees from the Yodogawa Plant joined the special firefighting team of Settsu City, which is the first of its kind in Japan. Since January 2010, in the case of a large fire in the Settsu area, the Yodogawa Plant firefighters drive their fire engine to the scene and help under the guidance of the Settsu City Fire Department.

Yodogawa Plant firefighters took part in Settsu City's New Year's firefighting parade in January 2020.

Yodogawa Plant

Yodogawa Plant

Yodogawa Plant

Shiga Plant Formation of in-house firefighting unit
Collaboration with the Konan Fire Department
The plants formed an in-house firefighting division, and in each workplace a firefighting unit was formed.
During the comprehensive disaster prevention drill in September critiques were given by firefighting employees.
Kashima Plant Formation of in-house firefighting unit An organization was set up with separate units to handle firefighting, guidance, rescue, and information provision in case of a fire. The firefighting units keep the fire in check until the local fire department arrives.
Soka Station Formation of in-house firefighting unit
  • Each division formed its own in-house firefighting unit.
  • At site disaster drills (April and November each year), the unit conducts evacuation and firefighting drills with the fire department.
Tsukuba Training Center Formation of in-house firefighting unit Members in all divisions of Tsukuba site formed their own in-house firefighting units. Once a year they hold evacuation and firefighting drills jointly with the local fire department.
Head Office Formation of in-house firefighting unit Units formed in the Head Office and Esaka site. Periodic firefighting drills held.
Tokyo Office Formation of in-house firefighting unit A firefighting unit was formed in each division. Once a year, these units take part in a comprehensive drill sponsored by the JR Shinagawa East Building, and they conduct evacuation and firefighting drills.

Communication with Neighboring Companies and Residents

Site Activity Overview, results
Sakai Plant Cooperation with neighboring companies The Rinkai Factory is a member of an association of 39 companies in the Sakai and Senboku waterfront areas for disaster prevention. The association has an emergency communication network and meets regularly for various drills.
Yodogawa Plant An emergency rescue team was formed There are 110 employees living nearby who are registered. When necessary, a team is gathered by rounding up employees either from their homes or workplace.
Shiga Plant Formation of a rescue support system for local disaster victims
  • Daikin helps the local government to rescue disaster victims.
  • The plant is provided for use as an emergency shelter for nearby residents (for example, the field is opened up to the public).
  • Certified as AED cooperating business and emergency cooperating business
Support of firefighting activities in case of disaster The Shiga Plant will dispatch industrial physicians and its in-house firefighting unit, and offer the plant as an evacuation shelter.
Kashima Plant Communication with neighboring companies To administrate local matters, Daikin joins with local companies to be the contact point for local government and citizens.
Soka Station Agreement signed for regional disaster cooperation

In 2000, Soka Station, Soka City, and five neighboring communities signed an agreement to cooperate in preparing for natural disasters.

These three groups have agreed to work together regularly on plans to implement after major earthquakes occur.

An expert panel of the Central Disaster Management Council of the Cabinet Office recognized the Soka Station as an outstanding example of a corporation acting as a bridge between local citizens and local government in supporting disaster relief.

Regional joint disaster drill Under the disaster agreement, disaster prevention drills are held with neighboring town associations. In June 2019, we conducted a joint drill with the town association of Matsue-kitamachi in Soka City.
Tsukuba Training Center Cooperation with neighboring companies The center is a member of an association of companies in the local industrial park, which shares information on topics like environmental promotion, disaster prevention, and blood donation activities.
Tokyo Office Cooperation with neighboring companies Participated in the tenant association of the JR Shinagawa East Building (July), and joined as an observer in disaster prevention drills of the building's restaurants (March). This helped confirm the disaster prevention system of the building.

Contributing to Local Safety

Site Activity Overview, results
Head Office Support for local safety activities

Daikin worked with the Kinki Regional Police Bureau in a safety patrol campaign.

Took part in the Sonezaki traffic safety association and the Sonezaki crime prevention association, interacting with local businesses and cooperating in safety promotion.

Sakai Plant Support for local safety activities

Daikin took part in the North/West Sakai Police Crime Prevention Committee and the North/West Sakai Traffic Safety Association.

Participation in the North/West Fire Department Disaster Prevention Association.

Children's protection shelter The Sakai Plant is registered as a place children can take sanctuary from threats.
Disaster prevention drill Took part in comprehensive disaster prevention drill sponsored by an association of companies in the Sakai and Senboku waterfront areas for disaster prevention.
Yodogawa Plant

Joint disaster prevention drill held (with participation of local fire and police departments)

Control damage, confirm people's safety (evacuation), hold earthquake drill, hold disaster prevention drill (3 times a year)

Held competition for how to put on a breathing apparatus and operate a fire hydrant (once a year).

Participation in local safety activities

Participated in disaster prevention drill held by Osaka Prefecture and Settsu City (once a year).

Took part in disaster prevention drill of Ajifu Elementary School district in Settsu City.

Took part in year-end nighttime patrols.

Took part in nationwide awareness activities for fire prevention (in spring and autumn).

Took part in nationwide traffic safety campaign.

Held safety seminars

Held driving safety seminars for suppliers (stressed on-site road safety; twice a year).

Invited police officer to give employees driving safety seminar (once a year).

Children's protection shelter The Yodogawa Plant is registered as a place children can take sanctuary from threats.
Shiga Plant Disaster prevention drill

Disaster prevention drill was held once a year for the plant grounds and employee dormitory; fire extinguisher usage competition held (July); plant disaster prevention drill held (June, November); evacuation drill for earthquakes held.

Participation in the Fire Prevention Association The Shiga Plant took part in a disaster prevention training rally in unison with the fire department.

In-house firefighting unit takes part in a training rally

Shiga Plant

The Konan district in-house firefighting division took part in a disaster training rally.
Daikin employees received a number of honors at the convention.
Kashima Plant Disaster prevention drill Held disasterdprevention drill (twice a year), joined fire hydrant usage competition (once a year), held public relations training (once a year).

Participation in local safety events

Kashima Plant

Joint disaster prevention drill was held with the fire department as part of cooperation among companies in the industrial park (once a year).

As part of cooperation among companies, once-a-year training was held with firefighters, labor board personnel, and police officers as instructors. The goal was to raise safety and disaster awareness.

Participation in disaster training events with the fire department, labor board, and police department.

Safe driving course held Police officers were invited to be instructors at a traffic safety training conference (once a year) to help drivers improve their road manners.
Soka Station Contest to prevent accidents and abide by rules of the road The Soka Station took part in a rules-of-the-road contest held annually by the police department.
Hosted safety and environmental class Held event to raise safety awareness of employees and partner companies prior to the summer season.
Tokyo Office Participation in meeting of Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department to prevent organized crime. The Tokyo Office took part in scheduled meetings and training sessions.
Participation in local disaster training Joined in disaster training sponsored by the fire and disaster prevention association of the JR Shinagawa East Building.

Use Equipment during Disasters, and Secure Supplies for Emergencies

Site Activity Overview, results
Sakai Plant Secure supplies for emergencies Secured emergency stockpiles of water, food, and disaster prevention equipment.
Lend equipment to disaster relief Daikin is registered as a corporate supporter of firefighting activities. (In times of emergency, Daikin dispatches personnel and lends equipment like forklifts to communities.)
Yodogawa Plant

Use of equipment during disasters, and secure supplies for residents for emergencies

Yodogawa Plant

At a meeting during a factory tour, participants confirm that there are enough emergency supplies stored

  • The plant makes effective use of site equipment (fire engines, firefighting equipment; sends employees as well).
  • Sufficient supplies have been set aside for all local residents in case of a major earthquake.
  • Emergency materials and equipment are placed in all major buildings.

Yodogawa Plant

Shiga Plant Secure supplies for emergencies Emergency supplies are stocked (emergency food, drinking water, flashlights, portable toilets, blankets, etc.).
Kashima Plant

Secure emergency equipment and food

Kashima Plant

Stored emergency supplies (gas masks, flashlights, megaphones) and emergency necessities to last employees three days (food, water, portable toilets, blankets, etc.). Expanded emergency materials to be prepared for logistics accidents.

Kashima Plant

Kashima Plant

Soka Station
  • Secure supplies for emergencies
  • Hosted general life-saving class
  • Stored water, food, emergency equipment, etc.
  • Invited local fire department to hold classes regularly. Installed AED in security office.
Tsukuba Training Center Secure supplies for employees who cannot return home during a disaster Stored three days worth of food, drink, and emergency supplies (flashlights, blankets, gas burners, portable toilets, etc.) for employees and training participants.
Head Office Secure supplies for emergencies Purchased and stored emergency supplies for the Head Office and Esaka Building. During fire drills, confirmed how to use these supplies (particularly rescue-related supplies).
Place AEDs at Head Office, Esaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, and Hiroshima Health and Safety Committee and Human Resources oversee the placement of AEDs in all bases under Head Office jurisdiction.
Tokyo Office

Secure emergency supplies, ensure presence of registered AED personnel

Tokyo Office

  • Emergency supplies are stocked (helmets, gloves, towels, stretchers, etc.); these are inspected regularly.
  • According to a new Tokyo by-law regarding measures for people in Tokyo who cannot return home in a disaster (enacted in April 2013), extra purchases were made of emergency supplies (emergency food and drinking water), and enough was stored to last 3 days for 500 people. At the same time, for employees who absolutely must be sent home on foot due to family situations, supplies that these employees might need while walking home were stored (about 60 persons' worth).
  • The local fire department was invited to give a workshop on life-saving techniques (once a year).
  • AEDs were installed in June 2014.

Earthquake Measures

Site Activity Overview, results
Sakai Plant
  • Measures against tsunami, tidal surge and liquefaction
  • Seismic reinforcement and evacuation drills
  • Established code of conduct for response to tsunami, tidal surge and liquefaction
  • Secured stockpile of supplies.
  • All buildings on-site have been inspected for earthquake resistance. Reinforcement work is proceeding as planned.
  • Conducted repeat drills four times in preparation for earthquake and tsunami (measures for initial response, evacuation and search and rescue, response to evacuation life after isolation, and late-night disaster drills).


Measures against tsunami, tidal surge and liquefaction Seismic reinforcement and evacuation drills

Measures against tsunami, tidal surge and liquefaction Seismic reinforcement and evacuation drills

Measures against tsunami, tidal surge and liquefaction Seismic reinforcement and evacuation drills

Yodogawa Plant
  • Revise earthquake scale assumptions and conduct
  • Seismic reinforcement
  • Infrastructure loss measures
  • Evacuation and emergency measures

Basic earthquake measures policy: Save people above all, ensure safety

■ Measures for an earthquake with a seismic intensity of 6: Reinforcement work completed on main buildings under current earthquake-resistance standard (fiscal 2009).

■ Measures for 2-meter flooding: Measures for loss of infrastructure such as power supply.

  1. Complete emergency measures before flooding occurs (within 2 hours), ensure the chemical plant is safe, and evacuate employees to a high, safe place.
  2. Use secured emergency power, close up dangerous chemicals to render them harmless, and safely shut down plant (turn off, cool down, close).

Disaster prevention drills (3 times a year)

  • Evacuation drills held at all locations (evacuation shelters in high places).
    • - Ensure unified evacuation time and safety confirmation within 2 hours.
    • - Verify that disaster materials and equipment are usable and can be accessed quickly.
    • - Verify measures for disaster occurring late at night.
    • - Drills for emergency stoppage of equipment and machinery

Measures to prevent equipment and machinery from falling over

  • Formulate unified standards (guidelines) (implement at all bases).
  • Execute measures in each division (completed in fiscal 2014).

Create hazard map (sources of danger and evacuation routes)

  • Revise evacuation routes, evacuation shelters, sources of danger.
  • Revise all evacuation routes and evacuation shelters for the site.

Emergency measures manual

Secure communication protocol

  • Installed satellite phones (for communication among work sites).
  • Use walkie-talkies (one for each division, one for division headquarters).
Shiga Plant Seismic reinforcement and evacuation drills
  • Earthquake reinforcement completed (cafeteria, No. 1 Factory, No. 2 Factory, product warehouse, parts warehouse, jig and tool plant).
  • Measures against hanging objects that fall (No. 2 Factory).
  • Evacuation drills were also held (Disaster drills once, fire drills twice).
  • Installed walky-talkies for use in disasters (21 in plant, one at company housing building).
  • Installed satellite phones (for communication among work sites).
  • Installed drone.
Kashima Plant Tsunami measures

Established two new tsunami evacuation shelters in a high location to use in case of a large tsunami warning.

Kashima Plant

Held evacuation drill based on scenario of earthquake so that response can be completed when there are more people than usual inside the plant such as during regular maintenance, etc.

Soka Station
  • Revision of disaster drills at bases
  • Revision of product storage rules
  • Measures to prevent falling over of furniture and fixtures
  • Changed assumptions (site of fire, evacuation route, failure of in-house broadcast system, use of fire hydrants and engine pumps, etc.) of each drill biannually (spring: earthquake drill; autumn: fire prevention and evacuation drill) and held evacuation drill.
  • Revised product storage rules based on past earthquake experience.
  • Took measures to prevent falling over of furniture and fixtures and other equipment in offices.
Tsukuba Training Center Earthquake reinforcement and disaster drills

Took measures to prevent equipment from falling over.

Carried out comprehensive disaster drills in preparation for large-scale earthquake (a seismic intensity of 6).

Head Office Improve earthquake risk measures

Currently in the process of furthering earthquake risk measures (measures for transfer of building functions in case of earthquake, tsunami measures, and risk management measures) based on the policies of the Legal Affairs, Compliance, and Intellectual Property Center.

Measures to prevent equipment and machinery from falling over.

Tokyo Office Earthquake reinforcement, evacuation drills, measures for employees who cannot return home
  • Measures were taken to prevent cabinets, furniture and fixtures, and equipment with casters (MFPs, laser printers, shredders, etc.) from falling over or moving in an earthquake.
  • In 2017, measures to prevent movement of individual side shelving were implemented, and the fixing of all caster-equipped products in offices was completed.
    Tokyo Office
  • Joined in disaster training sponsored by the fire and disaster prevention association of the JR Shinagawa East Building (September).
  • Held drills in using satellite telephones (September).
  • In case of a disaster occurring at night or on a holiday, appointed emergency staff to be dispatched to confirm the extent of damage at the JR Shinagawa East Building prior to setting up a disaster task force.
  • Established guidelines outlining initial response in case of earthquake. The guidelines state that, as a rule, employees should wait inside the JR Shinagawa East Building if an earthquake occurs during working hours. Written rules were made regarding what Daikin managers should do to confirm safety of employees in a disaster.

Typhoon Measures

Site Activity Overview, results
Kashima Plant Meeting on typhoon measures A meeting was held to examine measures to take in case a typhoon strikes or passes nearby. Various preventive measures were implemented after determining safe operation and preparatory stoppages of plant facilities.

Safety Confirmation System Introduction

Site Activity Overview, results
Sakai Plant Safety confirmation system

Built a confirmation system that uses safety confirmation and broadcast services.

Hold a response drill once a year.

Yodogawa Plant Safety confirmation system

A system was established that can confirm the safety of employees approximately 20 minutes after a disaster occurs.

Emergency materials and equipment for searching and restoration are placed in all major buildings.

Shiga Plant Safety confirmation system

Established a system for confirming the safety of employees after a disaster occurs.

Drills held in replying to this system (once every quarter); drills held since December 2013.

Kashima Plant Safety confirmation system

Established a system for confirming the safety of employees after a disaster occurs.

A Drill held in replying to this system (once a year).

Soka Station Safety confirmation system Drills held in replying to this system (twice a year).
Tsukuba Training Center Safety confirmation system Drills held in replying to this system (once a year); also checked ability to respond to this system at all times.
Head Office Safety confirmation system

Drills held in replying to this system (once a year).

Tokyo Office Safety confirmation system

Drills held in replying to this system (twice a year). Also checked on those employees who did not respond when contacted during implementation of the safety confirmation system.

In case of a disaster occurring on a holiday or at night, as a means of immediate contact with employees of the Tokyo Office and with emergency staff sent to handle the situation at the Tokyo Office, and as a means of communication between members of the Tokyo Office Occupational Safety and Health Committee, established a system using a broadcast function for safety confirmation. Drills are held in replying using the broadcast function (twice a year).

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