Tue, Jul 06, 2004 - Page 4 News List

CLA awards businesses for worker safety efforts

By Cody Yiu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) yesterday urged businesses to implement or tighten existing safety and health management measures for their employees.

"In the next four years, the council will designate a safe work environment as one of its top administrative priorities," council Chairperson Chen Chu (陳菊) said.

The council yesterday awarded 89 businesses who had volunteered to initiate safety and health systems last year with honorary business banners. According to the Chu, once a business has signed up with the council to set up a system for worker safety, the CLA would provide technical support.

"The aim of this program is to encourage businesses to at least meet the legal requirements for worker safety and then go beyond the minimum to enrich themselves with better measures on the issue," chief of the council's Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Lin Chin-chi (林進基) said.

The number of businesses that participated in the program increased from 53 to 724 last year . Chunghwa Telecom Co, was the top business awarded yesterday.

In order to establish a comprehensive worker safety system, the CLA is working with National Taiwan University and National Cheng Kung University to construct a medical network for occupational hazards and design reconstruction programs for laborers who have been injured on the job.

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