Next Article in Journal
Paraquat Exposure of Pregnant Women and Neonates in Agricultural Areas in Thailand
Previous Article in Journal
Impacts of Haze on Housing Prices: An Empirical Analysis Based on Data from Chengdu (China)
Article Menu
Issue 6 (June) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle

Comprehensive Evaluation of Hazardous Chemical Exposure Control System at a Semiconductor Manufacturing Company in South Korea

Department of Occupational Health, Daegu Catholic University, Gyeongbuk 38430, Korea
Department of Environmental Health Science and Institute of Health and Environment, Graduate School of Public Health, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Korea
Department of Public Health, Keimyung University, Daegu 42601, Korea
Wonjin Institute for Occupational and Environmental Health, Seoul 02221, Korea
Department of Biohealth Science, Changwon National University, Changwon 51140, Korea
Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, Yongin University, Yongin 17092, Korea
Boram E&T Co.Ltd., Gwangju 61007, Korea
Occupational Lung Disease Institute, Korea Workers’ Compensation and Welfare Service, Incheon 21417, Korea
Department of Environmental Health, Korea National Open University, Seoul 03087, Korea
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(6), 1162;
Received: 6 May 2018 / Revised: 25 May 2018 / Accepted: 1 June 2018 / Published: 3 June 2018
PDF [1405 KB, uploaded 3 June 2018]


The goal of this study was to evaluate the hazardous chemical exposure control system in a semiconductor manufacturing company and recommend an appropriate exposure surveillance system for hazardous agents. We reviewed compliance-based chemical exposure data compiled between 2012 and 2014 by the study company. The chemical management system, characteristics of chemical use and hazardous gas monitoring system were also investigated. We evaluated the airborne isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and acetone generally used as cleaning solvents, volatile organic compounds and metals levels using internationally recommended sampling and analytical methods. Based on the results of past working environment measurement data and of our investigation, the overall current exposure to chemicals by semiconductor workers during routine production work appears to be controlled below occupational exposure limits. About 40% of chemical products used were found to contain at least one unidentifiable trade-secret substance. There are several situations and maintenance tasks that need special attention to reduce exposure to carcinogens as much as possible. In addition, a job-exposure matrix as a tool of surveillance system that can examine the exposure and health status of semiconductor workers according to type of operation and type of job or task is recommended. View Full-Text
Keywords: hazardous chemical; exposure control system; semiconductor; job-exposure matrix hazardous chemical; exposure control system; semiconductor; job-exposure matrix

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Choi, S.; Yoon, C.; Kim, S.; Kim, W.; Ha, K.; Jeong, J.; Kim, J.; Shin, J.; Park, D. Comprehensive Evaluation of Hazardous Chemical Exposure Control System at a Semiconductor Manufacturing Company in South Korea. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1162.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health EISSN 1660-4601 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top