Samsung’s environmental safety officer blew the whistle on lax management at their Bac Ninh factory in Vietnam, raising concerns about air filtration systems, wastewater treatment tanks, and the use of dangerous chemicals. Despite years of warnings, conditions failed to change, and complaints against Samsung’s labor conditions in Vietnam appeared. Civic groups in Korea, including Banolim, Labor Health Solidarity, Metal Workers’ Union, and IPEN, held a press conference on March 29 in front of Samsung Electronics’ headquarters in Seoul, condemning the company and calling for a ban on methanol use following a fatal methanol poisoning accident at a Samsung partner in Vietnam, where one was worker killed and 30 were injured. Samsung denies using methanol in manned processes but the incident highlights the dangers of the toxic substance and the need for greater safety measures, with past reports further highlighting the need for greater safety measures.
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