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Samsung commissions chip safety study, says report

7/15/2010 12:43 PM EDT
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Peter Clarke
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re: Samsung commissions chip safety study, says report
Peter Clarke   7/16/2010 10:37:29 AM
This is a difficult area which is underlain by complex chemistry and biochemical effects. Unfortunately, one thing to bear in mind is that any review of H&S practice done now cannot shed much light on practices in the past. So it is unlikely that the year-long study will be able to provide any evidence of any alleged wrong-doing, but it may be able to say that Samsung is following good practice now. As such there is a tendency for such a review to become a PR fig-leaf, through no fault of the investigators I would add. It is not so much the data as how the data is interpreted that becomes contentious. And those interpretations can bend in both directions: the bereaved may be pushed to see patterns in clusters of cancers that are not really there, while management may be tempted to do nothing or cut corners for the sake of increased productivity and profitability. The key thing is that the review is thorough, open and transparent, and then at least such as lessons as can be learned can be transferred to other plants.

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elctrnx_lyf   7/15/2010 4:56:55 PM
I feel occupational health and Safety should be considered as a highest priority by any one manufacturing industry. Semiconductor industry is no exception form this. With the sky rocketing demand for the semiconductors and the invention of future demanding products like solar cells the manufacturing industry is already set for huge growth. And the global players in the semicon industry should set new standards for the safety and health of all the employees. I wish samsung will come out clean and the result of this survey could make things better!

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