J Prev Med Public Health.  2019 Jul;52(4):265-271. 10.3961/jpmph.19.033.

Background and Activities of the Samsung Ombudsperson Commission in Korea

Affiliations
  • 1Seoul National University School of Law, Seoul, Korea. charles2@snu.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Gachon University College of Medicine, Incheon, Korea.
  • 3Department of Preventive Medicine,College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Expert Advisor at Seoul National University Human Rights Center, Attorney at Law, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract


OBJECTIVES
The Samsung Ombudsperson Commission was launched as an independent third-party institution following an agreement among Samsung Electronics, Supporters for Health and Right of People in Semiconductor Industry (Banolim in Korean, an independent NGO), and the Family Compensation Committee, in accordance with the industry accident prevention measure required by the settlement committee to address the issues related to employees who allegedly died from leukemia and other diseases as a result of working at Samsung's semiconductor production facilities.
METHODS
The Commission has carried out a comprehensive range of activities to review and evaluate the status of the company's occupational accidents management system, as well as occupational safety and health risk management within its facilities.
RESULTS
Based on the results of this review, termed a comprehensive diagnosis, the Commission presented action plans for improvement to strengthen the company's existing safety and health management system and to effectively address uncertain risks in this area going forward.
CONCLUSIONS
The Commission will monitor the execution of the suggested tasks and provide advice and guidance to ensure that Samsung's semiconductor and liquid crystal display production lines are safer.

Keyword

Samsung Ombudsperson Commission; Leukemia; Occupational disease; Samsung Electronics; Semiconductors

MeSH Terms

Accident Prevention
Accidents, Occupational
Compensation and Redress
Diagnosis
Humans
Korea*
Leukemia
Liquid Crystals
Occupational Diseases
Occupational Health
Risk Management
Semiconductors
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