Keiko Takada, Environment & Product Safety department
Q1. What are your current roles and responsibilities?
I mainly provide information and respond to inquiries regarding the six substances subject to use restrictions under the RoHS DirectiveNote 1 in such hardware products as printers, multifunction devices, and production printers, and also evaluate product safety. My job also includes researching the trends in the laws and regulations of various countries regarding the safety of chemical substances contained in products, and establishing internal standards for safety evaluation. Although the RoHS Directive is a European regulation, similar regulations are also being established in China, Korea, and Vietnam. I am striving to reflect these regulations in our internal standards applied to product development, so as to ensure compliance with those regulations. And in case of any new laws and regulations, I also check whether those laws and regulations will affect our products, and then prepare and implement necessary measures.
In order to research the trends of laws and regulations in various countries and collect the necessary information, I became a member of the committee dealing with chemical substances contained in products, organized by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), and participate as a representative of Fuji Xerox. By participating in the committee, I can collect information not only from other participating companies but also from the Japan Business Council in Europe (JBCE). Being able to communicate with JBCE is very effective for gathering information about Europe. I take part in such external gatherings about two to three times a month. I sometimes have a chance to exchange information with the related departments of Fuji Film.
- Note1 The RoHS Directive is legislation restricting the use of specific chemical substances in electrical and electronic equipment marketed in the EU, and took effect on July 1, 2006. The six restricted chemical substances are lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl (PBDE).
Q2. What do you keep in mind while at work?
"Grasping the intention of others" and "communicating my intention clearly"
Although these ideas are very basic, I always keep these in mind.
I receive a wide range of inquires from various departments. For each inquiry, I try to understand the intention in detail and give a clear answer. I also receive inquiries from overseas offices such as Korea and China. In such case, I try to give precise explanations in a way that allows them to clearly understand my point and not misinterpret my answer. In particular, when answering questions about laws, I always confirm whether they correctly understood my answer.
Q3. What do you think is the value of technology?
I consider it my job to encourage our engineers to be always conscious of compliance with the laws and regulations of various countries while they design products, so that we can provide quality products in a timely manner. When checking any product design changes, I also like to encourage our engineers who develop technologies and products to always keep such laws and regulations in mind.
Q4. What do you like to do to relax or relieve stress?
"Coffee and tea"
I make a cup of coffee or tea in my tumbler in the morning and drink it to refresh my mind. On days when I finish work early, I go to a café and relax by enjoying a cup of coffee and reading a book.
One Day - a day in my workweek
|I arrive at the office. I check e-mails and send replies.|
|10:00 a.m.||I initially work on higher-priority tasks. As I have no routine work, I always keep in mind the order of priority for each task.|
|12:00 p.m.||Lunch break. I have lunch at the cafeteria with my colleagues working in the same office.|
|1:00 p.m.||I attend team meetings related to evaluation work and also respond to inquiries made by other departments.|
|I leave the office. Before leaving the office, I take notes of what I completed that day, what I should do on the next day, and the priority of tasks. Because I have various kinds of tasks, I take notes so as not to miss anything. If our team is busy, I may work overtime helping other team members until around 9:30 p.m.|