247599 Comprehensive healthy workplace strategy in Taiwan

Monday, October 31, 2011: 9:10 AM

Ruey-Yu Chen, MS, PhD , School of Public Health, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
Shu-Ti Chiou, MD, PhD , Bureau of Health Promotion, Department of Health, R.O.C.(Taiwan), New Taipei City, Taiwan
Ching-Ying Yeh, MS, PhD , School of Public Health, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
Fong-Cheng Tang, MD, PhD , Department of Occupational Medicine, Changhua Christian Hospital, Changchua, Taiwan
Hung-Yi Chuang, MD, ScD , School of Public Health, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Background and Purpose: A nationwide workplace health promotion (WHP) program has been implemented in Taiwan since 2006 with aims to increase the awareness of healthy workplace and establish a comprehensive model of WHP. Methods: Three healthy workplace promoting centers (HWPC) were funded by the Bureau of Health Promotion (BHP), Department of Health in Taiwan to implement the WHP with 5 major tasks. They are: providing consultation services for enterprises; conducting seed personnel training courses for local health agencies and enterprises; developing the education tools; holding a self-certification activity annually, and conducting annual nationwide survey which in terms will be the base for future promotion and adjustment for the program. We focused on tobacco control at the beginning of this program and broadened the approaches to all aspects of health promotion. Results: The significant achievements included (1) initiating a ban on smoking in indoor workplace in January 2009; (2) reducing workers' smoking rate (24.2% vs. 17.3%) as well as environmental tobacco smoke in worksites (29.9% vs. 15.7%) significantly from 2004 to 2010; (3) establishing an award system to recognize achievements in becoming a healthy workplace, with a total of 5,391 enterprises being recognized as partial to total health promoting workplace during 2007~ 2010.Conclusions:We gained a successful experience from tobacco control program to a comprehensive WHP through the application of the Ottawa Charter on Health Promotion. Furthermore, the ongoing promotion and improvement based on the WHO 2010 Healthy Workplace Model will be integrated.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1.Assess the feasibility of implementing nationwide workplace health promotion program. 2. Describe methods for disseminating region- and country-based information. 3.Discuss relevant elements contributing to the successful WHP implementation.

Keywords: Health Promotion, Worksite

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am PI of this program and have reaearches as well as teaching experience for many years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.