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Safe Environment Mission

Our new cutting-edge safety norm put a spotlight
on the people and the environment

Vision

Integrate the safe environment system in the global workplaces and achieve safety level 4.0 by 2025.

Establish a safe environment management system

  1. 1. Preemptive regulation

    Meeting global requirements,
    reducing legal risks

  2. 2. Designing fundamental safety

    Ensuring 100% safety
    from the design stage

  3. 3. Minimization of pollutant emissions

    Energy saving and actively introducing eco-friendly technology

  4. 4. Internalization of safety consciousness

    Compliance culture, safety education system

Basic principles

We strictly comply with the safe environment principles, and take the safe environment perspective into account in all decisions.
We prioritize the safety and health of our employees.
We meet our social responsibilities for safety and the environment, seeking to grow together with our partners.

Kia employees comply with the following policies to achieve the "Mission" and "Vision" in the safe working environment sector.

1. Compliance with environmental laws and regulations

Develop a safety environment system that meets global needs, follows regulations, and prioritizes the needs of stakeholders.

2. Risk minimization for safe environment

Create a safe and comfortable working environment for employees to enjoy their work and provide a positive customer experience

3. Minimization of pollutant emissions

Efforts to reduce environmental pollutant emissions by optimizing energy and resource input across all production areas and actively implementing eco-friendly technologies.

4. Built-in safety

Establish a mature culture that autonomously discovers and mitigates risk factors for a safer workplace.

Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) System

Under the mission of "creating the value of safety culture", Kia declares company-wide safety and environment management, aiming to realize the world's best safety culture by 2025.
In 2020, we were the first South Korean automobile company to acquire ISO 45001 (safety and health) and ISO 14001 (environment) Global Integrated Certification. Kia will establish an integrated safe working environment management system through this certification to consolidate the headquarters and domestic factories, and complete ISO certification of overseas factories by 2021. On top of this, we will secure our position as a leading global safe working environment company by acquiring ISO certification for the headquarters, as well as domestic and overseas corporations.

Industrial Accidents

Industrial Accidents table
2018 2019 2020
Number of accidents 285 344 344
Accident rate (%) 0.81 0.98 0.95

Industrial Accidents by AutoLands (2020)

Industrial Accidents by AutoLands (2020) table
Number of accidents Accident rate (%)
AutoLand Gwangmyeong 76 1.3
AutoLand Hwaseong 142 1.1
AutoLand Gwangju 97 1.34
Others (HQ, Sales, Service) 19 0.21
Total 334 0.95

LTIFR (Lost Time Injuries Frequency Rate) / TRIFR (Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate)

LTIFR (Lost Time Injuries Frequency Rate) / TRIFR (Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate) table
Classification Classification 2018 2019 2020 2025 Target
LTIFR Employees (cases) 1.46 1.85 1.96 1.52
Contract Workers (cases) 0 0 2.92 0
TRIFR Employees (cases) 4.01 4.85 4.76 3.68
Contract Workers (cases) 0 0 2.92 0

* LTIFR (Lost Time Injuries Frequency Rate): Number of injuries (accidents) incurred during a 12-month period / Total hours worked by all employees during the same 12-month period x1,000,000
* TFIFR (Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate): All recordable injuries in 12 months (accident + illness) / Total hours worked by all employees in the same 12 months x1,000,000
* Total hours worked : 8 hours per day, 5 days per week x 50 weeks

LTIFR (Lost Time Injuries Frequency Rate) / TRIFR (Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate) table
Classification 2018 2019 2020 2025 Target
LTIFR Employees (cases) 1.46 1.85 1.96 1.52
Contract Workers (cases) 0 0 2.92 0
TRIFR Employees (cases) 4.01 4.85 4.76 3.68
Contract Workers (cases) 0 0 2.92 0

* LTIFR (Lost Time Injuries Frequency Rate): Number of injuries (accidents) incurred during a 12-month period / Total hours worked by all employees during the same 12-month period x1,000,000
* TFIFR (Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate): All recordable injuries in 12 months (accident + illness) / Total hours worked by all employees in the same 12 months x1,000,000
* Total hours worked : 8 hours per day, 5 days per week x 50 weeks

Vehicle Classes with Highest Safety Ratings

Vehicle Classes with Highest Safety Ratings table
Classification 2017 2018 2019 2020
KNCAP (Korea) Stinger (Grade 1) K9 (Grade 1)
K3 (Grade 1)
Rio (Grade 1)
Soul (Grade 1)
Seltos (Grade 1)
Carnival, K5, Sorento
IIHS (North America) Cadenza (TSP+)
Forte ( TSP+)
Niro Hybrid (TSP+) Stinger (TSP+)
Soul( TSP+)
Sorento (TSP+)
Forte (TSP+)
K5 (TSP+)
Euro NCAP (Europe) Stinger (5★)
Niro PHEV (5★)
Rio CUV* (5★)
- Ceed* (5★) Sorento (5★)
C-NCAP (China) Sportage (5★) - - KX3
A-NCAP (Australia) Niro Hybrid (5★)
Rio 5DR (5★)
K Cerato* (5★) Seltos (5★) Carnival, Sorento (5★)

* Vehicles equipped with options

ESH training

Based on the revised Occupational Safety and Health Act, Kia has increased employee engagement in discovering and reducing risk factors at production lines and expanded education for safety officers in order to prevent occupational accidents.

In addition to the legally mandated training, the Kia conducted specialized courses for a total of 340 trainees to assist them in internalizing safety leadership in 2019.

In 2020, the company scheduled specialized courses for a total of 508 trainees (30 trainees for beginners’, 110 trainees for advanced courses, and 150 trainees for competency-building courses) and safety courses for leaders (218 trainees), 30 trainees completed beginner’s courses.

ESH leadership training

Leading and collaborating with other sectors from an integrated perspective on the ESH based on understanding of the field

Improve overall ESH work competency

(Professional competency for ESH workers)

Competency-building course

Improve work competency by sectors

(advanced competency of Safety/Health/Fire/Environment sectors)

Advanced course

Provide On-boarding training for new employees or employees with no experience in the ESH sector

(Basic & Overall work competency)

Beginner’s course

Nurturing experts by step

Reinforcing competency by sectors

Utilizing assistance from professional instructor