Kumho Petro­chem­i­cal boosts safety at work

The Korea Times - - BUSINESS -

Kumho Petro­chem­i­cal has im­proved its fa­cil­ity safety and mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems to pro­vide eco-friend­lier work­places.

Its fac­to­ries in Yeosu, South Je­olla Prov­ince, and Asan, South Chungcheong Prov­ince, have re­newed their ac­ci­dent-free records in line with com­pany-wide ef­forts.

“We have made safer and eco-friend­lier work­ing en­vi­ron­ments by im­prov­ing our man­age­ment sys­tem and ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram,” a Kumho Petro­chem­i­cal of­fi­cial said.

“As a petro­chem­i­cal firm deal­ing with var­i­ous chem­i­cals, our man­age­ment sys­tem is fully aware of and pre­pared for safer man­age­ment of raw ma­te­ri­als used for our prod­ucts.”

The Seoul-based firm adopted a stricter chem­i­cal man­age­ment sys­tem last year to mon­i­tor and ap­prove its chem­i­cals in ev­ery stage of dis­tri­bu­tion — pur­chase, stor­age, us­age and sales.

To obey the re­vised act con­cern­ing reg­is­tra­tion and eval­u­a­tion of chem­i­cal sub­stances, it has sub­mit­ted in­for­ma­tion on its chem­i­cals to the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment and reg­is­tered them on the govern­ment’s list as well.

In par­tic­u­lar, Kumho P&B Chem­i­cals, a joint ven­ture be­tween Kumho Petro­chem­i­cal and Nip­pon Steel Chem­i­cal Com­pany of Ja­pan, is co­op­er­at­ing with other chem­i­cal firms to reg­is­ter Bisphe­nol-A, a raw ma­te­rial of syn­thetic resins.

It also joined sem­i­nars and fo­rums last month at KINTEX in Il­san, Gyeonggi Prov­ince, to talk about risk eval­u­a­tion of chem­i­cals with of­fi­cials from the govern­ment, aca­demic fields and civic groups.

Kumho T&L, a lo­gis­tics unit of Kumho Petro­chem­i­cal, added so­cial me­dia to the com­pany’s man­age­ment sys­tem, so that all work­ers can im­me­di­ately re­spond to en­vi­ron­ment and safety is­sues.

Its 5C Cam­paign — stand­ing for Cor­rect­ness, Clear­ance, Clean­ing, Check­ing and Con­cen­tra­tion — is ex­pected to im­prove safety and clean­li­ness as well.

Re­cently, Kumho Petro­chem­i­cal has be­gun to re­duce emis­sions of harm­ful sub­stances.

Kumho Poly­chem, a joint ven­ture be­tween Kumho Petro­chem­i­cal and Ja­pan Syn­thetic Rub­ber, adopted the na­tion’s first me­chan­i­cal va­por re­com­pres­sor to its whole prod­uct line in its Yeosu plant.

The re­com­pres­sor al­lows the re­use of steam emit­ted from the prod­uct line. The com­pany ex­pects to re­duce up to 160,000 tons of green­house gases a year at the fa­cil­ity.

“Our af­fil­i­ates are pre­par­ing for new and re­new­able en­ergy, such as wind and so­lar power,” a Kumho Petro­chem­i­cal of­fi­cial said.

“Our 12 fac­to­ries will change their lights to LED by the end of 2019. We ex­pect to re­duce car­bon emis­sions sig­nif­i­cantly af­ter the process.”

Kumho Petro­chem­i­cal also strives to fur­ther strengthen its foot­ing in the global syn­thetic rub­ber mar­ket by nur­tur­ing com­pet­i­tive­ness to­gether with its sub­sidiaries.

To over­come un­cer­tain­ties in oil prices and for­eign ex­change rates, the world's largest syn­thetic rub­ber maker plans to en­hance its prod­uct and ser­vice qual­ity to con­sol­i­date its lead­ing po­si­tion in the syn­thetic rub­ber mar­ket.

Plus, it will con­duct re­search on fu­ture growth en­gines to di­ver­sify busi­ness op­er­a­tions.

Kumho Petro­chem­i­cal has put forth its ut­most ef­forts in de­vel­op­ing and de­liv­er­ing eco-friendly and en­ergy-ef­fi­cient syn­thetic rub­ber.

Cour­tesy of Kumho Petro­chem­i­cal

Kumho Petro­chem­i­cal em­ploy­ees check fa­cil­ity safety at one of its fac­to­ries in this file photo.

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