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South Korean Posco Group invests in the safety of its plants

8. April 2021

During a visit to a pier for unloading ships inside the steel plant in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province, Posco CEO Choi Jeong-woo made his own assessment of the safety measures and inspected the facilities together with employees. Unfortunately, an industrial accident occurred there a week earlier, in which a 35-year-old worker was fatally injured. As head of the company in charge of safety, Choi said they would generously compensate the family and fully cooperate with authorities to determine the cause of the accident. Already in the past three years, the group has invested the sum of $904 million in occupational safety measures. “However, there is still much to be improved,” Choi is quoted as saying.


For example, Choi now requires that both subcontractors and Posco employees attend briefings held before maintenance work. In the meetings, called “toolbox” meetings, information about the respective risks of the work process are to be exchanged and discussed. For the safety of its own employees, Posco distributed 1,300 smartwatches to employees in hazardous workplaces last year to monitor their health. This year, another 1,400 smartwatches will be handed out. In addition, about $904 million will be invested in facility safety over the next three years. The funds will go toward replacing and upgrading old pipelines, conveyor belts and similar equipment.

These potentially hazardous machines and equipment require KCs certification in Korea, where the “s” stands for Safety. The mark is issued by the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA). Within this certification there are two groups, which differ in the facilities concerned as well as the procedure for certification: the Certification of Compliance (CoC) and the Declaration of Conformity (DoC). MPR International GmbH is at your disposal for any questions about Korea certifications.

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About the author: Julian Busch is founder and managing director of MPR International GmbH
Publisher: MPR International GmbH

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