SESHA 2014 Symposium Abstract

Experience Sharing About Early Response To Emerging Health Risks in TSMC

Lin, Ro-Ting
(Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan)

This presentation aims to introduce TSMC’s approach to early response to new regulatory standards and challenges of emerging occupational health risks of workers in Taiwan. TSMC has worked over the long term to build a friendly workplace, protect its employees’ safety and health, promote gender equality, and raise worker effectiveness. Concerning demographic shift, awareness of labor right increase, and new occupational health risks stemming from industry structural change, Taiwan government passed the amended regulations, i.e., Occupational Safety and Health Act, and announced by Presidential decree on July 3, 2013. The new Act will require employers to take measures that prevent work-related mental diseases and violence, protect maternal health, control workplace health risks based on workplace environment monitoring results, as well as strengthen the promotion of workers’ health. TSMC believes that human capital is one of its invaluable assets and its employees’ physical and mental health is fundamental to maintaining normal business operations. Employees’ health is determined not only by occupation hazards, but also by social and personal health risks and access to health services. Work-related stress and long working hours have become new topics of concern for government, society, employers, and employees as areas that require further attention and occupational health efforts in Taiwan. TSMC has prioritized these issues as one of the Company’s major occupational health subjects. In addition, preventing outbreak of novel influenza is critical to avoid business interruption, such as the H7N9 avian flu in Asia in 2013. The report demonstrates TSMC’s approach of managing these emerging health risks and how the Company shares these experiences across many industries in Taiwan, which is also part of a corporation’s social responsibility.