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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(7), 706; doi:10.3390/ijerph13070706

Hazard Prevention Regarding Occupational Accidents Involving Blue-Collar Foreign Workers: A Perspective of Taiwanese Manpower Agencies

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Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Landseed Hospital, No. 77, Guangtai Rd., Pingzhen City, Taoyuan 324, Taiwan
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Department of Health Care Management, Chang Gung University, No. 259, Wenhua 1st Rd., Guishan Dist., Taoyuan 33302, Taiwan
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Noble Health Management Center, Landseed Hospital, No. 77, Guangtai Rd., Pingzhen City, Taoyuan 324, Taiwan
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Department of Health Services Administration, Chung Shan Medical University, No. 110, Sec. 1, Jian-Koa N. Rd., Taichung 402, Taiwan
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Department of Medical Management, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, No. 110, Sec. 1, Jian-Koa N. Rd., Taichung 402, Taiwan
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Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health, Ministry of Labor, Executive Yuan, No. 99, Lane 407, Hengke Rd., Sijhih District, New Taipei City 22143, Taiwan
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Department of Applied Foreign Languages, Chung Shan Medical University, No. 110, Sec. 1, Jian-Koa N. Rd., Taichung 402, Taiwan
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Academic Editors: Albert P. C. Chan and Wen Yi
Received: 18 April 2016 / Revised: 3 July 2016 / Accepted: 5 July 2016 / Published: 13 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Effecting a Safe and Healthy Environment in Construction)
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Abstract

Since 1989, blue-collar foreign workers have been permitted to work in Taiwanese industries. Most blue-collar foreign workers apply for jobs in Taiwan through blue-collar foreign workers’ agencies. Because blue-collar foreign workers are not familiar with the language and culture in Taiwan, in occupational accident education and hazard prevention, the agencies play an important role in the coordination and translation between employees and blue-collar foreign workers. The purpose of this study is to establish the agencies’ role in the occupational accidents education and hazard prevention for blue-collar foreign workers in Taiwan. This study uses a qualitative method—grounded theory—to collect, code, and analyze the data in order to understand the agencies’ role in occupational accident education and hazard prevention for blue-collar foreign workers in Taiwan. The results show that the duty of agencies in occupational accident education and hazard prevention includes selecting appropriate blue-collar foreign workers, communicating between employees and blue-collar foreign workers, collecting occupational safety and health information, assisting in the training of occupational safety and health, and helping blue-collar foreign workers adapt to their lives in Taiwan. Finally, this study suggests seven important points and discusses the implementation process necessary to improve governmental policies. The government and employees should pay attention to the education/training of occupational safety and health for blue-collar foreign workers to eliminate unsafe behavior in order to protect the lives of blue-collar foreign workers. View Full-Text
Keywords: occupational accidents; blue-collar foreign workers; blue-collar foreign workers’ agencies occupational accidents; blue-collar foreign workers; blue-collar foreign workers’ agencies
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Chang, H.-C.; Wang, M.-C.; Liao, H.-C.; Cheng, S.-F.; Wang, Y.-H. Hazard Prevention Regarding Occupational Accidents Involving Blue-Collar Foreign Workers: A Perspective of Taiwanese Manpower Agencies. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 706.

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