Samsung will hire 150 experienced environmental experts to improve its working environment and enhance safety checks.
According to The Korea Times on Wednesday, this is the first time the group has announced plans to recruit environmental professionals. The move comes after the South Korean electronics giant made a public apology of a fatal gas leak at one of its chip-making plants in January, which left one contract worker dead and four others injured.
"After the recent gas leak accident, Samsung checked up to find out what should be done to guarantee environmental safety in our manufacturing facilities. This hiring is part of our promise to fundamentally change the system," Samsung president Rhee In-yong, who is also the chief communications officer at the group, said at a press briefing in South Korea.
Under the company's plan, the group's 16 technology affiliates include Samsung and SDI will hire a total of 150 professionals, who degrees in environmental safety-related studies, Rhee said.
In January, as much as 10 liters of hydrofluoric acid leaked from Samsung Electronics's memory chip-making lines located in the provincial city of Hwaseong. Police are still investigating if Samsung violated the law when reporting the incident.
Samsung Electronics vice chairman and co-CEO Kwon Oh-hyun earlier said in a statement it will change its system relating to environmental safety, and thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident to prevent future occurances, the report noted.