Safety & Health

Our commitment to both humanity and nature

Safety and health


Kia recognized safe and healthy working environments as the core value of the company based on the philosophy of “Establishing a corporate culture that respects human beings.” For this, the company is fully dedicated to the health and safety of the employees and consider preservation of the environment as the company’s priority.


We carry out accident prevention activities to create a safe workplace and take bold steps on a global scale for sustainable management.

Vision 2020 - Building the foundation for a safety culture
in 2020

Core Values and Initiatives

1. Prevention and rapid response systems: To realize the vision of ‘zero’ fatal accidents and disasters, we comply with six key safety rules and run safety inspections, while preemptively responding to the changing safety regulations both inside and outside of the company.

2. Raising awareness of workplace safety: Based on the compliance with workplace safety procedures, Kia engages in diverse programs to raise awareness of workplace safety and provide better working conditions, ensuring the safety of Kia employees.

3. CSR and win-win cooperation: As a social enterprise, Kia aims at growing together with suppliers and local communities.

Vehicle Classes with Highest Safety Ratings

Safety assessment by region 2017 2018 2019
Stinger (Grade 1) K9 (Grade 1)
K3 (Grade 1)
Rio (Grade 1)
Soul (Grade 1)
Seltos (Grade 1)
(North America)
Cadenza (TSP+)
Forte ( TSP+)
Niro Hybrid (TSP+) Stinger (TSP+)
Soul( TSP+)
Sorento (TSP+)
Forte (TSP+)
Stinger (5★)
Niro PHEV (5★)
Rio CUV* (5★)
- Ceed* (5★)
Sportage (5★) - -
Niro Hybrid (5★)
Rio 5DR (5★)
K Cerato* (5★) Seltos (5★)

※ * Vehicles equipped with options

Industrial Accidents

  2017 2018 2019
Number of accidents 203 285 344
Accident rate (%) 0.59 0.81 0.98
  Soha Hwaseong Gwangju Others Total
Number of accidents 71 124 124 25 344
Accident rate (%) 1.17 0.95 1.63 0.31 0.98

※ Accident rate : A total number of employees having experienced accidents/a total number of employees x 100

Safe Workplace

Kia is currently integrating the new Health and Safety Management System based on an international standard (ISO 45001) with the existing Environmental Management System (ISO 14001) to enhance the effect and efficiency. The integrated system will provide a safe, healthy working environment for not only employees but also stakeholders, highlighting the fact that at the center of corporate management is a safety-centered mindset and value and creating a culture of safety in a way unique to Kia.
All activities checking and improving risk factors follow defined processes. All plants systematically carry out inspections to control risk factors at production sites. As part of an ongoing effort, we adopted an improvement cycle where safety activities and their results are evaluated qualitatively and then complemented with feedback to further enhance working conditions. We also have documented company-wide disaster manuals to fend off potential management risks, for example, an infectious disease, and stay vigilant at all times.

  • Safety and Health Management System

    Safety and Health Management System

    Kia’s Sohari and Gwangju plants are KOSHA 18001 certified while Hwaseong plant is OHSAS 18001 and KOSHA 18001 certified, implementing disaster prevention through voluntary safety activities.

  • Investment in Safety and Health

    Investment in Safety and Health

    Kia strives for excellence to make our workplaces safer through efficient management of investment in safety and health.

  • Win-win Cooperation of Labor and Management

    Win-win Cooperation of Labor and Management

    Kia has an independent Industrial Health & Safety Committee in which labor and management jointly deliberate and vote on safety and health issues. The company and labor closely work together to ensure the safety and health of all employees (prevention of industrial accidents).

  • Safety Inspections and Meetings

    Safety Inspections and Meetings

    Regular safety inspections identify potential risks, based on which improvement measures are developed and then shared at safety meetings.

  • Six Key Safety Rules

    Six Key Safety Rules

    In 2016, to prevent fatal industrial accidents, Kia developed six key safety rules: 3 Do’s and 3 Don’ts. 3 Do’s (Wear a safety harness when working at height, Comply with the speed limit within the company complex, and Check the gas level in a closed space) and 3 Don'ts (Do not get under a heavy object, Do not enter without authorization when the equipment is in operation, Shut off power and do not touch any electrical equipment when handling electricity) are the promises that we all should keep.

  • Fire Prevention

    Fire Prevention

    To mitigate fire risks, we invite independent auditors for continuous management and improvement. With the 24/7 fire monitoring system for early detection, an emergency response system was deployed to put out fires at an earlier stage and minimize casualties and property loss due to fire or leakage of hazardous materials and gases.

Safe Working Conditions

We build a safe and pleasant work environment to keep our employees healthy.

  • Chemicals Control

    Chemicals Control

    MSDSs (Material Safety Data Sheets) are displayed at places where workers handle chemicals. Employees can view the safety data on the I-SHE system and receive regular safety and health training. Guidelines by production process are also displayed, ensuring safe, pleasant working environments.

  • Work Environment Management

    Work Environment Management

    At Kia, we assess the work environment twice a year to find processes with a high level of leakage of harmful substances. Also in place are programs to prevent hearing loss from worksite noise and respiratory damage from hazardous airborne substances.

  • Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders

    Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders

    Kia runs regular inspections once every third year to discover risk factors of musculoskeletal problems in its production processes. Based on the findings, we adopt a new work process or equipment. When workers report a musculoskeletal disorder, an inspection will be undertaken to find the cause. All processes with musculoskeletal risks are improved through both a short-term and mid- to long-term plans.

  • Health/comprehensive checkup and follow-up

    Health/comprehensive checkup and follow-up

    All Kia employees are entitled to receive health checkups every year. In addition to the legally mandated examinations for general physical examinations, we subsidize screening for adult diseases. Workers can choose areas of their concern from optional check-ups the company offers.

  • Mental Health Management

    Mental Health Management

    Since 2012, Kia has been running a mental health clinic Maeum Sanchaek (“Heartfelt Stroll”) to support employee mental health. In addition to work-related stress, we provide counseling in partnership with the Korean Counseling Psychological Association on a wide range of issues including marriage crisis, children issues, and abuse and addiction for the mental health of all employees and their family members.

  • Industrial Medical Clinic

    Industrial Medical Clinic

    Medical specialists are stationed on a full-time basis to take care of our employees. Employees can receive physiotherapy treatment to prevent musculoskeletal disorders, while consulting with doctors. Also, there is an oriental medicine clinic providing oriental therapies. Rehabilitation treatment is available for workers returning to work after an industrial accident.

Industrial Accidents and Prevention

In prevention of severe occupational injuries, Kia has developed six key safety rules proven for the characteristics of the auto manufacturing operation, which it encourages all its employees to practice. We also help visitors aware of what is safe and what is dangerous to reduce workplace accidents.

Industrial Accidents and Prevention

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 company has carried out specialized courses for a total of 340 trainees to help them internalize safety leadership in 2019.

In 2020, the company has planned 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 training

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