Supporting Physical and Mental Well-being
Health is a personal asset, and the health of employees is an asset of a company. SII strives to maintain our employees’ physical and mental well-being and promote health enhancement programs in cooperation with health insurance associations and the labor union.
Specific Medical Checkups and Specific Health Guidance
Specific health guidance was held again in FY 2020 for employees aged 40 or over with a focus on metabolic syndromes. Based on the results of regular health checks, an industrial physician and nurses provide health guidance to improve employees’ lifestyles starting from those things found in one’s everyday lifestyle, which has gradually produced successful results.
In FY 2020, the implementation rate for specific medical checkups against both insured persons and insured persons’ dependants was 85.4%*1, and the rate for specific health guidance was 37.0%*1, which are below the national reference standards. We will promote health checkups and guidance to increase the implementation rates.
*1 The percentages are forecasts as of July 2021.
Data Health Plan: Second Term
The second term of “Data health plan” *2 started in FY 2018. SII has deployed the plan while incorporating new measures, such as follow-ups of cancer examinations and measures against the increasing severity of diabetes, along with the health services it has carried out in the past. Data analysis proves that medical expenses of elderly persons are greatly increasing, therefore, health guidance by phone is performed for dependents 60 years of age or older.
*2 Data health plan. The following section is listed in the “Japan Revitalization Strategy” established by the Cabinet in June 2013: require data analysis of items such as medical prescriptions for all health insurance associations, and then, based on this analysis, create, publish, operate, and evaluate a “Data health plan” as a project to preserve and promote the health of members.
Regular Health Checkups
In the regular health checks, gastric cancer risk screenings combined with barium inspection as well as cancer prevention screenings intended for detecting prostate cancer for men and cervical cancer for women are carried out with the aim of early detection and treatment. Blood analysis for uric acid and creatinine was introduced in FY 2015, and risk tests for cerebral infarction and heart failure were newly introduced in FY 2017.
The results of regular health checks showed that the percentage of employees exceeding standards for blood pressure, lipids, and other factors tended to be high. With the cooperation of cafeteria operators, we drew up plans to provide Healthy Set Meals to encourage employees to think about their dietary habits. In FY 2019 this initiative was implemented at the Akita unit, and since FY 2020, we have been gradually expanding the program to other sites.
In addition to this, dental checkups have been conducted with the intent of preventing tooth decay and periodontal disease. Dental hygienists have been visiting sites to perform checks with oral CCD cameras and provided guidance on brushing, but in FY 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we changed to a method of sending periodontal disease diagnosis kits via mail, by which we conducted diagnosis for 859 employees.
Health Enhancement with Family
Our regularly held health enhancement programs include seminars on preventing shoulder stiffness and lower back pain and a walking with family campaign.
Unfortunately, due to measures for the prevention of COVID-19 infection, we were not able to hold a group activity in FY 2020. Instead, we held an event where each person walked the Shikoku Pilgrimage Course on paper, and 152 employees participated. We are looking forward to the day when our employees and their families can once again get together for health promotion activities.
* The following photos are from the 2019 initiative.
SII provides a 24-hour consultation service for health counseling by cooperating with an external specialist agency.
In FY 2020, in response to the increase in the number of employees working from home, we stablished a system that allows remote interviews for health consultation and health guidance with occupational physicians and nurses.
Case Study of Health Promotion (Examples of activities in FY 2019)
Dalian Seiko Instruments Inc. held an annual Walking Event in which 130 employees participated. Table tennis tournaments were also held to promote health enhancement and friendship among employees.