Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C. – September 22, 2011 –TSMC today collaborated with the Council of Labor Affairs, Bureau of Health Promotion, Science Park Administration, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health, and the Industrial Safety and Health Association (ISHA) of the R.O.C. to hold Taiwan’s first forum on workplace health improvement initiated by the private sector. Through the combined effort of industry, government, and academia, the forum aims to promote a better understanding of workers’ health and timely adoption of international occupational health and safety standards to support Taiwan’s sustainable development and improve corporate and national competitiveness.
The forum was attended by approximately 300 experts, scholars, and managers from government agencies, academic bodies, and industry. Speakers from institutions including the Bureau of Health Promotion, Council of Labor Affairs, NTU Hospital, National Health Research Institutes, Yang Ming University, TSMC, and Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control discussed topics including worker health and safety policy, labor health insurance, corporate disease prevention, occupational medicine, and workplace stress relief. By sharing case studies and holding broad discussions, the forum aims to inspire innovation in improving the health of workers.
“TSMC has worked over the long term to build a stable and healthy workplace,” said TSMC Vice Chairman Dr. F.C. Tseng. “In addition to providing a good working environment and establishing an organization to manage health and safety, we continue to develop numerous work/life balance projects to care for our employees’ minds and bodies. This forum marks the beginning of long-term collaboration between industry, government, and universities, and TSMC hopes that by taking this first step, we can learn from each other and join forces to promote continuous improvement in workplace health and safety.”
“In recent years, major corporations in Taiwan have achieved exceptional results in caring for workers, attending to safety, and providing a healthy and happy working environment,” said ISHA President Chi-fu Tai. “Their many diverse health promotion activities have made employees feel both proud and respected. As long as we have determination, Taiwan’s enterprises can become world-class benchmarks for happy workplaces, and work together with employees to build a golden future.”
“The world is changing rapidly. Average lifespans are increasing, and people’s demands for health have become higher and higher. Traditional workplace healthcare and industrial hygiene is not enough for the modern workplace,” said Wei J. Chen, Dean of the National Taiwan University College of Public Health. “The NTU College of Public Health has a distinguished history and excellent scholars, and is Taiwan’s first college to establish a research institute studying occupational medicine and industrial hygiene. The NTU College of Public Medicine will continue to raise the quality of workplace and community health in Taiwan and surrounding countries through teaching, research, and service combined with health promotion and development of professional workplace health personnel. ”
To fulfill its corporate social responsibility, TSMC will persist in its efforts to develop employee health and workplace hygiene in Taiwan and continue holding events to discuss related issues. We hope that through greater participation, we will keep on raising standards for labor health and workplace safety and hygiene.