September 18, 1999 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Officially Listed `World`s Safest Workplace`

SEOUL, Korea - September 17, 1999 - Today, Guinness Book of World Records Chairman Christopher Irwin officially presented Samsung Electronics with a certificate recognizing its semiconductor complex at Kiheung, Korea as the `World`s Safest Workplace.` The presentation took place at the Hotel Shilla in Seoul, and the event was attended by over 400 people, including Science & Technology Minister Jung-uk Seo, Samsung Electronics Semiconductor Division President Yoon-woo Lee, and ambassadors from over 20 countries.

The safety record in question spans 104 months, from November 1991 to August 1998, during which the Kiheung complex racked up 211.6 million labor hours of operation without a single accident. All employees at the complex are involved in the company`s environment and safety management program, and the Kiheung operation was recognized by the Korea Industry Safety Corporation for achieving this record in August of 1998.

President Lee stated in his acceptance speech, `The Kiheung complex will continue to improve safety procedures and the work environment so that we can offer our customers the very best semiconductor products and services. We have set our new safety goal at 289.6 million labor hours.`
The `World`s Safest Workplace` record was previously held by the Kanagawa plant of Japan`s Hitachi in 1991 when it reached 116.24 million accident-free labor hours. The record remained unbroken for seven years. This is an impressive feat for Samsung considering the dangers that are posed to the 10,000 plant employees when handling toxic chemicals and materials used in the production of semiconductor chips and LCD panels.Samsung Electronics` management policy stresses making safety the top priority of corporate activities. The company has continued to strengthen the role of organizational units responsible for safety management. Every year, new safety management directives and targets are set, and publicly announced to all employees. When investment budgets are set, safety-related issues are considered first.

The senior managers are directly involved in the safety management organization, and four regional staffs include directors from production divisions. People are assigned to safety management positions at each plant, while worker safety and welfare activities are institutionalized and systematically carried out.

Authorization must be obtained prior to the purchase of any new equipment or start of a project related to hazardous materials. This system eliminates risk factors at the source. Over 150 safety engineers have also been cultivated to serve as lecturers for in-house safety training programs. Work environment improvement activities are also ongoing.
During 1998, the Kiheung complex spent KRW16 billion on safety training, new environment protection and safety equipment purchases, and existing facility upgrades.

As a result of Samsung`s outstanding safety performance, industrial accident insurance fees have also been reduced by more than KRW2 billion. Last July, all Samsung semiconductor plants in Korea (Kiheung, Chonan and Onyang) were recognized for their safety records by receiving a repayment of KRW1 billion for property and casualty insurance premiums from a French re-insurer.

In August, the company also became the first in Korea to publicly reveal its management of such sensitive issues as carbon dioxide emissions, waste treatment volume, amount of hazardous material used, ratio of investment on environmental protection facilities, and accident rates through a Green Management Report.

This year, Kiheung complex aims to achieve 250.6 million accident-free labor hours.


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