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 health guidance was held again in FY 2018 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 2018, the implementation rate for specific medical checkups against both insured persons and insured persons’ dependants was 84.6%*1, and the rate for specific health guidance was 48.0%*1, which are below the national reference standards. We will promote health checkups and guidance to increase the implementation rates.
According to the Status of Implementation of 2017 specific medical checkups/specific health guidance published by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare on March 18, 2019, SII was ranked 382 out of 1,385 health insurance associations in the entire country for rate of specific medical checkups and ranked 237 out of 1,350 health insurance associations for rate of implementation of specific health guidance. Although we are already ranked at around the top 20%, we aim to go further and achieve even higher ranking.
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 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.
Additionally, at the Makuhari unit we conducted dental examinations for the prevention of tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Forty-seven employees participated in these examinations, in which a dental hygienist performed oral inspections using a CCD camera and provided guidance on proper brushing technique. A questionnaire conducted after the examinations showed that the initiative was well received, and so we plan to extend it to other units one by one.
*1 The percentages are forecasts as of July 2019.
*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.
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.
In FY 2018, a total of 1,493 people participated in the 42 programs within the SII Group. More employees and their family members are looking forward to the campaigns every time.
SII provides a 24-hour consultation service for health counseling by cooperating with an external specialist agency.
Case Study of Health Promotion (Overseas sites)
Instruments Technology (Johor) Sdn. Bhd conducts a Fruit Distribution Day every March and distributes fruit to their employees. The activity promotes healthy eating and instills awareness of the importance of fruit in a daily diet. The fruit for this year was Asian pear.
Dalian Seiko Instruments Inc. held an annual Walking Event in which 114 employees participated. Badminton and table tennis tournaments were also held to promote health enhancement and friendship among employees.
Seiko Instruments Singapore Pte. Ltd. held a trekking event at MacRitchie Reservoir, the largest reservoir in Singapore. Thirty employees enjoyed trekking while appreciating the natural environment.