HEALTH and SAFETY
Since establishing the LG Chemicals Management System(LGCMS) in 2013, LG Electronics performs preliminary safety and environmental screening on all chemicals stored and used at production sites. All the chemicals that arrive at facilities are managed through the LGCMS, and we also require suppliers to undergo preliminary screening through the system before delivering their products in an effort to minimize compliance risks prior to the arrival of chemicals. We also enhanced monitoring performance on the amount used and implemented initiatives to prevent industrial chemical accidents, such as establishing emergency response and chemicals risk assessment process to strengthen user-level safety management.
SAFETY and HEALTH
LG Electronics takes worksite safety very seriously and pursues every possible precaution to prevent accidents from occurring at its production sites and diligently prepares to handle emergency situations. At ChangwonⅡPlant, LGE introduced a Behavior-Based Safety (BBS) program to prevent accidents caused by human error.
This safety program detects human error in advance and prevents any accidents from happening, and will be implemented at all LGE production sites in Korea.
Strengthening Fire Prevention Efforts As part of our Fire Risk Index (FRI) initiative, LG Electronics mapped the risks associated with business sites and translated them into an index to use the index as the metrics for risk management, while continuously reducing fire risks through improvement efforts. Based on advanced standards for disaster risk management including the FM Global standards and the NFPA Code, we identified 20 key fire safety factors from the viewpoint of reinsurers to set up the FRI, and has continuously refined the index to further segment risk levels. We assessed all Korean sites and overseas production subsidiaries against the FRI and made improvements where necessary. Through the initiative, we have developed a standard index against which we can assess the fire safety performance. The index also enables us to make comparative analyses of business sites and to establish site-specific improvement measures. We plan to conduct FRI-based fire risk assessment on production sites throughout the world at least on a tri-annual basis and strengthen our monitoring.
Promoting Employee Health & Enhancing Working Conditions (Korea)
We run employee health promotion programs on an annual basis. Seocho and Woomyeon R&D Campuses participate in a health program called “Health Rainbow,” which is comprised of seven sub programs (diagnosis and counseling) to address health issues that commonly affect professionals including metabolic syndromes, work stress, and chronic fatigue and pain. The metabolic syndrome program also participated in the “Urban Walkabout for Health” project organized by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Life Insurance Philanthropy Foundation, placing first among 20 teams by reducing on average 11.63 of body fat (12.1kg of weight on average). In preparation of medical emergencies, we installed automated external defibrillators and designated emergency response personnel from each floor to receive CPR training. We also make diverse efforts to improve working conditions for employees. At Changwon Plant, we organized items requiring performance of tasks in airtight spaces based on health and standards and improved the production process to ensure employee safety. At the Gasan R&D Campus, we enhanced the ventilation performance of old research equipment by increasing the volume of airflow or replacing the equipment when it was impossible to raise the airflow, thereby enhancing efficiency by 80 percent (on average) and addressing the odor problem caused by deteriorated ventilation performance.