TSMC and NTU College of Public Health Hold Second Workplace Health Improvement Forum

Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C. – Oct 12, 2012 – TSMC today collaborated once again with the National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health to hold the second Workplace Health Improvement Forum, inviting representatives from government, industry, and academia to join an in-depth discussion on improving occupational health.

TSMC worked with the NTU College of Public Health in 2011 to hold the first Workplace Health Improvement Forum, receiving an enthusiastic response from the Council of Labor Affairs and other participants to the forum’s efforts in improving employee health and building a happy work environment. The forum has become an important platform for dialog, and the theme of this year’s forum is “New Labor Health Policies and Prevention of Occupational Illness” and “Promoting Work/Life Balance”, focusing industry and academic attention on a timely issue of public concern in the fields of employee health and safety and human resources.

Today’s forum was hosted by Wei J. Chen, Dean of the NTU College of Public Health, and L.C. Tu, Vice President of Human Resources at TSMC. It was attended by nearly 300 managers, experts, scholars, and professionals from government agencies, universities, and business. Minister of Labor Affairs Shi-Wei Pan delivered opening remarks to the forum, and speakers included Fuh Hwan-Ran, Director of the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) Department of Labor Safety and Health; Sun Bi-Shia, Director of the CLA Department of Labor Welfare; Chang-Chuan Chan, Associate Dean of the NTU College of Public Health; Yue-Leon Guo, Professor at the NTU College of Medicine; and Spencer Liao, Senior Director of Human Resources at TSMC. The forum covered subjects aimed at promoting a active multilateral discussion of innovative ways to improve the health and happiness of workers, including labor safety and hygiene policy, labor relations policy, workplace health risk evaluation, identifying and preventing occupational diseases, and sharing successful case studies of healthy workplaces that raise work efficiency.

“To meet the challenges of a globalized economy, the government must provide a flexible labor market to improve the efficiency of our enterprises,” said R.O.C. Minister of Labor Affairs Shi-Wei Pan. “At the same time, we must create a good regulatory system, build high-quality work environments, and ensure the health of our workers in order the raise the international competitiveness of Taiwan talent.”

“Employees are a company’s more important asset, and promoting the physical and mental health of workers as well as creating a happy workforce is a company’s responsibility,” said L.C. Tu, TSMC’s Vice President of Human Resources. “TSMC has worked over the long term to build a friendly workplace, protect its employees, promote gender equality, and raise worker effectiveness. At the same time, TSMC’s employees have also shown their dedication to the company, and improved TSMC’s competitiveness by doing so. This mutual support truly exemplifies TSMC’s core value of ‘commitment’.”

“Under the impact of globalization and the changing industrial environment, workers are no longer seeking only physical health, but also psychological health and work/life balance,” said Wei J. Chen, Dean of the NTU College of Public Health. “The School of Public Health uses the newest techniques and scholarship in international occupational health to cultivate professionals in this discipline. We support domestic companies by helping them to connect with international practices and create happier and healthier workplaces in Taiwan.”