initiatives

Initiatives regarding
health management

We aim to make the workplace healthy,
comfortable, and employee-friendly,
such that each member can achieve a work-life balance and
feel fulfilled in their work.

We aim to be a company that balances social problem solving and growth.
We will include "workstyle innovation" as an issue in the company's 10-year plan, and as a concrete measure, we will practice health management according to the following policy.

Alps Pharmaceutical Ind. Co.,Ltd. Health management policy

As a firm engaged in the health sector, we recognize our responsibility to create a foundation for the health of each of our employees, and creating a workplace where diverse people can all feel at ease working for the long term. To that end, we pursue a tripartite system of health maintenance and preservation, mental health measures, and work-style reforms to contribute to the healthy growth of the company.

Activities for health maintenance and improvement

We pursue employee health maintenance and offer more opportunities for physical fitness, as well as call for smoking cessation. In this way, we are creating a workplace that encourages employees to look after their health.

Mental health measures

We consider the maintenance of mental health essential to ensuring the happiness and well-being of employees and their families. This is a comfortable, employee-friendly space where harassment is not tolerated. We also pursue active communication in order to ensure that employees can remain in good mental health.

Creating an employee-friendly work environment

We emphasize a work-life balance that is tailored to employees’ needs. We have implemented a range of reforms like childbirth and childcare leave, and a reduced working hours system, enabling female personnel to feel fulfillment in the workplace, and supporting the lifestyles of a diverse range of people.

Organizational structure

Organizational structure

2019 health management measures and report(as of April 1, 2020)

Health maintenance and preservation
Efforts to maintain health
Support for those who have undergone regular medical checkups
Reinforce recommendations for re-examinations and provide special holiday for re-examinations.
Provision of opportunities for implementation of specified health guidance
Conduct specific health guidance twice a year with the cooperation of medical institutions
(100% attendance rate for 17 persons subject to specified health guidance)
Efforts to Prevent Infectious Diseases
Implemented in-house flu immunization at the company's expense in full
(Reduced flu rate by 17%)
Health information for families
Distribution of a Letter of Recommendations from Industrial Doctors to Employees' Families for Receiving Health Examinations
Keeping everyone healthy
Support for mental and physical health
Provide 10,000 yen per person to applicants for the purpose of promoting and utilizing exercise opportunities.
222 recipients (Receipt rate: 66.3%)
Establishment of Exercise Promotion Day
Establishment of recommended days for commuting on foot and using stairs
Holding taichi classes
Former employees are invited as instructors and taichi classes are held where family members can participate.
(46 participants)
Trekking
Climbing to Mt. Abo in Furukawa-cho where families can participate
(42 participants)
Supporting anti-smoking measures for smokers
Non-smoking outpatient expenses will be fully subsidized for those who wish to continue receiving medical examinations during work hours.
In 2019, two of the two users were successful, with a success rate of 100%.
(The system started in 2018. 19 users and 15 successful persons)
Mental health
Approaches for
Mental Health
Strengthening workplace improvements from stress checks
Conducted interviews with all departmental managers based on group analysis
Implementation of countermeasures for highly stressed departments
Strengthening of consultation desks
Increase and diversify the number of consultation desk staff
Continue to improve the skills of staff in charge of consultation from time to time through external courses, etc.
Review of the system
Formulate the “Health Management Manual” and reviewed and re-enforced the reinstatement support system and work-life balance support system which are subordinate systems
Improved workplace
Promotion of female employees activities
  • Holding roundtable discussions in which all female employees participate
  • Fabrication of nursing care support pamphlets by the Women's Activity Promotion Committee
Diversity
  • Promotion of diversification (employment of foreigners)
  • Began studying the reemployment system for the elderly aged 65 and over
Work style innovation
  • Establishment and implementation of a telework system
  • Inviting productivity efficiency consultants to manufacturing departments
  • Introduction of work flow and other work efficiency systems to indirect departments
Other supervisory metrics
2016 2017 2018 2019
Rate of full-time employees 85.1% 85.2% 86.5% 93.1%
Rate of full-time employee turnover 4.6% 3.6% 4.2% 2.3%
Rate of return to work following childbirth 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Usage of extension of retirement age system System not established
(re-employment system)
System not established
(re-employment system)
83.3% 50%
Rate of regular health screenings 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Rate of stress check screenings 94.2% 100% 94.9% 98.2%
Number of people subject to special medical screenings - 20 19 17
Rate of special medical screenings - 57.1% 68.0% 100.0%
Rate of personnel who smoke 27.7% 26.3% 19.9% 17.5%
Total working hours 660,317.0H 668,586.5H 646,518.0H 646,455.5H
Monthly overtime per capita 13.2H 10.1H 8.7H 7.9H
Average rate of paid leave 56.1% 55.1% 73.6% 72.5%
*Special screenings (organic solvents, specific chemicals, late-night shift workers, VDT) taken by 100% of applicable personnel
Other special medical screenings: 
Fundus screenings (age 35+), prostate cancer (men 40+)
Breast cancer (women 30+), uterine cancer (women 20+)

We are also putting effort into prevent of infectious diseases.

Prevention of Infectious Diseases
(Measures against the COVID-19)
In-house measures
  • Develop original countermeasure manual
  • A thermometer is installed in each department to thoroughly conduct health checks and body temperature checks before starting work.
  • Wearing masks, regular ventilation, and sanitizing when entering the room
    Distribution of masks and disinfectant fluid to all employees and their families
    Completely eliminate common towels and replace them with paper towels
  • Reduce the scale of meetings and expand remote conference facilities
    The president asked all employees to refrain from traveling outside of Hida region and from going out for private use.
  • Request for cooperation in checking the health of visitors and wearing masks at entry
    Temporary restrooms for visitors
  • Implement improvements in the use of offices and common spaces
    Secure an appropriate distance by establishing temporary offices, temporary partitions, etc.
    Use of time differences in cafeterias and establishment of temporary rest areas
    Discontinuation of "Enjoyment Lunch" by External Suppliers
  • Develop procedures for the deployment and implementation of sterilization equipment
Regional support
  • Donated masks to Hida City (30,000 masks from Alps Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 10,000 masks from Taitong Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.)
  • Donated high-concentration alcohol for disinfecting to medical institutions, etc.
  • Support for dairy farmers
    Offered free of charge to employees at lunch (milk, icecream, yogurt)
    Implementation of in-house sales by employees
  • Support for restaurants
    Distribution of local meal coupons to all employees

Certified as a Health and Productivity Enterprise 2020 White 500

Our company has been certified as a "Health and Productivity Enterprise 2020 (Large Corporations Division) White 500" in view of our efforts to actively improve the health of our employees and undertake good health management practices.

Selected as a local leader of enterprise

We were recognized as a local leader of enterprise by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for the pivotal role we play in the region and the impact we have had.

Certified as a Sports Yell Company in 2019

Our company has been certified by Japan's Sports Agency as a "Sports Yell Company" in view of our efforts to actively incorporate sports into our activities as a means to improve the health of our employees.

Obtained the Tomonin mark

We obtained the Tomonin certification from the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare for our activities as a firm pursuing a workplace culture that ensures a balance between work and nursing care.

Certified as an excellent firm
in Gifu Prefecture pursuing work-life balance

We were recognized by Gifu Prefecture as a leading firm in terms of work-life balance.

Health management office

We were recognized by the Japan Health Insurance Association for our pursuit of an employee-friendly workplace and actively promoting better health.

New Lively Workplace Declaration

We are promoting work-style reforms and issued a “New Lively Workplace Declaration” clarifying our commitment to make the workplace vital and vivid.