269801 An Exploration of Demographic Background, Work Environment and Situations of Workplace Safety and Health among Middle-Aged and Elderly Workers in Taiwan: Comparative analyses of Multi-Sectoral Government Survey Data

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Wan-Yu Yeh, MS, PhD , Department of Health Administration, Tzu-Chi College of Technology, Hualien, Taiwan
Chia-Shuo Tang , Institute of Science, Technology and Society, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
Ruey-Yu Chen, MS, PhD , School of Public Health, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
Aging work force is an important issue in many countries including Taiwan. There are few systematic analyses on demographic/social distribution, employment and work conditions, as well as OHS needs of middle-aged and elderly workers. In Taiwan, related data are scattered and distributed among different investigations in labor administration, health administration, and academic research institutions. In this study, we included four national survey databases from government departments including Survey of Perceptions of Safety and Health in the Work Environment from the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health, Council of Labor Affairs, Executive Yuan; Taiwan Longitudinal Study on Aging and Survey of Workplace Health Promotion and Tobacco Control of the Bureau of Health Promotion, Department of Health; and The Social Survey on Attitude Towards Needs, Provision of Services, Preferences for Late Life: Perspectives from Different Generations from Academia Sinica for integrative comparison and analysis. We organized statements on the population, work, and health conditions for the middle-aged and elderly workers in Taiwan. We discussed the comparative condition of middle-aged and elderly workers overall including the employed/unemployed in the three categories mentioned above to establish a more comprehensive understanding of middle-aged and elderly working population in Taiwan. This can be used as a reference for workplace health promotion policies regarding the middle-aged and the elderly employment and employment assistance, OHS protection, and health service plan. In the future, we hope Taiwan Government to make more efforts in establishing elderly-friendly healthy workplace environment through cooperation of multiple governmental departments.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe demographic backgrounds, work Environment characteristics and situations of workplace safety and health among middle-aged and elderly workers in Taiwan by integrative analyses of national representative survey databases.

Keywords: Aging, Occupational Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principle investigator of multiple Taiwan Government funded grants focusing on occupational health and safety.
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.