For diverse human resources to be able to fully demonstrate their capabilities, creating a working environment that ensures the health and safety of employees is essential. NTT Group's businesses include telecommunications-related construction and maintenance involving high risk operations such as aerial work. For this reason, we believe it is our responsibility to society to implement measures to prevent accidents and continuously work on enhancing safety awareness.
Moreover, the revised Industrial Safety and Health Act of Japan, which became effective in December 2015, mandates companies to check "stress-related symptoms" of employees. Regulations related to mental health, including reduction of overwork, are also being reinforced. Given this, NTT Group is promoting health management for both the physical and mental well-being of our employees more than ever before as an important aspect of its management strategy.
In addition to observing relevant laws and regulations such as Japan's Labor Standards Act and Industrial Safety and Health Act, ensuring occupational safety and health, NTT Group has its own Safety Management Rules and Health Management Rules.
Under these rules, we have constructed occupational safety and health management systems at all of our workplaces, and have appointed staff including general safety and health managers and safety managers. Under these systems, we endeavor to create safe and comfortable workplaces by providing regular health checks and arranging workplace inspections by industrial physicians, and carry out various measures for maintaining and improving the health of our employees.