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Health and productivity management initiatives to promote worker health and improve the workplace environment at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

BACKGROUND: Since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (FDNPP) accident in 2011, measures were taken to address occupational health risk, such as heat illness and infectious diseases, and ensuring fitness for duty with the Tokyo Electric Power Company and its contractors. However, with the decommissioning operations to span several decades and an aging workforce, there arose a need for proactive occupational health strategies that not only addressed these risks but also promoted employee health and created a comfortable work environment. With the Japanese government's promotion of health and productivity management (HPM) for corporations, an HPM-based initiative was launched at the FDNPP in 2019.

CASE: We designed an HPM questionnaire tailored to the unique conditions at the FDNPP for contractors in 2019. Subsequently, we have adjusted the questionnaire annually in light of evolving societal contexts and insights derived from contractors' feedback. This initiative also involved the annual recognition of outstanding contractors. These efforts have led to a steady increase in the number of contractors participating in the HPM survey, with respondents' scores continually improving. We also emphasized disseminating HPM practices from contractors to their subcontractors due to the complex subcontracting structure at FDNPP, and our results showed that more contractors have been expanding these efforts to their subcontractors.

CONCLUSION: Our findings suggested that individual contractors are steadily enhancing their HPM efforts. We are committed to continually offering support to advance HPM throughout the FDNPP.

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