CSR Guidelines & Activity Reports - Safety, Accident Prevention, and Environmental Preservation

Environmental Risk Management


Number of environmental accidents

■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in fiscal 2018

Result in fiscal 2018


Compliance with Environmental Laws and Accidents in Fiscal 2018

In fiscal 2018, one environmental accident occurred within Toray Group. In this case, chemical solutions leaked outside of the plant and the impact on water quality at some measurement points exceeded the agreed level, but had an extremely minor impact on the environment.
This incident resulted from a failure to confirm defects with the liquid feed control program before work began. To prevent recurrence of similar accidents, measures were taken such as changing the program so that the flow of chemical solutions could be suspended in the event of an abnormality in the liquid feed control.
The Group received six complaints and requests from residents near its facilities concerning noise and odor, which were seriously examined and addressed by implementing improvements.

Environmental Accidents in Fiscal 2018 (Toray Group)

Administrative disposition due to violations of laws or ordinances1 0
Accidents (environmental accidents, etc.) 0
Slight but temporary exceeding of standard values2 1
Complaints/requests (noise, odor, etc.) 6
  1. 1 Includes improvement orders and fines. Improvement guidance and recommendations are included in accident figures.
  2. 2 No improvement guidance or recommendations were received from authorities, as there was no harm to the environment.

Preventing Soil and Groundwater Pollution

Toray Group constructs protective embankments around its facilities and storage tanks for hazardous chemicals, and takes precautions to ensure that none of these dangerous substances leak or discharge into the surrounding area or contaminate the soil onsite. In fiscal 2018, remediation using wells to clean up groundwater pollution continued at Toray Monofilament Co., Ltd., and remediation to address soil pollution continued at Toray Industries' Nagoya Plant. Toray Group will continue these ongoing remediation efforts and voluntary surveys to monitor soil and groundwater pollution.
Japan’s Soil Contamination Countermeasures Act was revised in April 2019. Toray Industries is working to familiarize the entire Group in Japan with the revisions. In the event that any pollution is identified, the Company’s policy ensures that measures are promptly taken to ensure that immediate cleanup steps are taken to remediate the pollution in line with the revised laws.