OH&S management and general check

In consideration of the increasing industrial safety accidents in Taiwan in recent years, IDB has progressively implemented joint supervision on large petrochemical plants and found that those implementing process safety management (PSM) have significantly better performance in industrial safety. Therefore, in addition to arranging PSM education and training for employees, labor inspection units have constantly revised OH&S laws and regulations based on PSM. They also provide guidance and advice for petrochemical plants to implement PSM to enhance the employee’s awareness of process safety and thereby reduce fires, explosions, leakages, intoxication, and occupational accidents.

Management Approach

PSM is implemented in main consideration of the “Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals” (29CFR 1910.119) announced by the US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Hazardous Work Place Review and Inspection Regulations, and the “Regulations of Implementation Regarding Regular Process Safety Evaluation.” As the overall PSM covers 14 categories requiring overall planning, review, improvement, and implementation, during July 2019 to October 2020, we hired Professor Horng-Jang Liaw of the National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology to introduce the concepts of process safety information (PSI), process hazard analysis (PHA), and management of change (MOC) and establish and revise the related SOPs. Then, through compliance audit, we identified USI’s current status and PSM compliance.

In addition, from May 2020 we also hired Professor Chen-hua Wang and the Center of Technology R&D for Equipment Reliability and System Safety of the National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology to provide guidance or the other 11 PSM items, hoping to progressively enhance USI’s safety protection capacity.

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Emergency Response Flowchart

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Healthcare

USI cares about the physical health of employees. Therefore, we arrange complete health checkups better than the legal requirements for employees every year and follow up their health condition periodically. In addition, we combine the environmental monitoring data of statutory special operations to identify the risk of potential health hazards and arrange special health checkups for employees exposing to noise, dust, n-hexane and ionizing radiation, in order to capture the health condition of employees and provide a reference for employees to implement self-health management to achieve the aim of “prevention is better than cure” and create a safe workplace environment. In addition, every month we arrange labor health service physicians to provide in-house service, free medical consultation, and health and new healthcare knowledge promotion. We also develop the awareness and execution power of self-health management in employees through various thematic health talks.

Note 1: The number of employees qualified for the health checkup in 2020 totaled 455 persons (Taipei Office, Guishan R&D Division, and Kaohsiung Plant), with a checkup rate of 99.3%.
Note 2: All employees received the general health checkup, other items are additional special examinations.

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Analysis of Work-Related ill Health

To enforce OH&S, we take precautionary actions relevant to the physical, chemical, ergonomic, and sociopsychological health hazards according to the “Occupational Safety and Health Act.” For related hazard factors and potential work-related ill health, please refer to USI CSR website. No occupational disease from employees or contracts has been reported over the years.

Item Employees Contractors
Male Female Male Female
Number of cases of recordable work-related ill health 0 0 0 0
Number and rate of fatalities as a result of work-related ill health 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Note: Rate of fatalities as a result of work-related ill health = Number of fatalities as a result of work-related ill health × 106 / hours worked.

Potential Work-Related Illnesses

Type Hazard Factor. Potential Work-Related Illnesses. Preventive and Management Measures.
Physical Noise Occupational hearing loss.
  1. Establishment of hearing protection plans.
  2. Periodic education and training.
  3. Provision of PPE.
Lonized radiation. Cataract, chronic radiation dermatitis, malignant tumors.
  1. Establishing the radiation safety SOP.
  2. Measuring environmental radiation dose before operation.
  3. Annual calibration of the radiation detector.
Work under Sunshine. Heatstroke, heat exhaustion, heat shock.
  1. Setting a shade.
  2. Installing aircon and fans indoor.
  3. Equip the control room with water fountains.
  4. Providing appropriate working clothes.
Chemical Xylene. Acute liver injury.
  1. Shortening exposure.
  2. Providing PPE.
Organic Dust Byssinosis, occupational asthma.
  1. Shortening exposure.
  2. Providing respiratory protective equipment (RPE).
Potassium dichromate Respiratory irritation, liver and kidney injury, irritant dermatitis, nasal septum perforation.
  1. Shortening exposure.
  2. Installing local air exchange.
  3. Provision of PPE.
n-Hexane Acute idiopathic polyneuropathy, respiratory irritation, contact dermatitis.
  1. Reducing use frequency.
  2. Replacing with low-hazard substances.
Ergonomic Carrying heavy objects HIVD
  1. Reducing work frequency.
  2. Replacing labor with machinery.
  3. Demonstrating correct postures.
Incorrect postures. Neck and shoulder pain.
  1. Leading health exercises.
  2. Stretch demonstration.
  3. Showing correct operation postures.
Social, physiological Overwork Cerebrovascular and cardiovascular diseases.
  1. Working hours control.
  2. High-risk group identification and regulation.
  3. Reducing bad habits (weight loss and smoke cessation).
  4. Providing correct medical channels.
Work-related stress Occupational psychiatric disorders
  1. Prohibiting workplace assaults.
  2. Announcing grievance channels and methods.
  3. Education/training for suicide prevention.
  4. Providing in-house physician consultation.
  5. Periodic care by in-house nurses.
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Medical Consultation and new health science knowledge

Every month, we arrange labor health service physicians to provide in-house service, including free medical consultation and health talks. To prevent employees from missing the opportunity for in-time medical attention due to busy work, by effectively analyzing the physical and mental health problems of employees through interviews, we provide appropriate referral service. We also develop the awareness and execution power of self-health management in employees through various thematic health talks. Every month, nursing staff responsible for labor health service edit new health science knowledge, measure blood pressure and provide them with health instructions for employees across the plant. Apart from correcting their medical misconceptions, they enhance the employee’s intention in self-health management.

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Friendly Workplace: Birth Rate Enhancement

Apart from providing birth and preschooler allowances, we sign contracts with kindergartens for employees to work without worrying about their preschool children. We also establish well-lighted, well-furnished, and clean breastfeeding rooms with refrigerators, sofa, aircon, and curtains for female employees to use without worries.

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Checkup Quality and Achievements

It is our obligation to ensure the quality of medical institutions providing the health checkup service to ensure the checkup results are effective and valid for reference. We select only checkup institutions accredited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and medics accredited by the Kaohsiung Department of Health. After the checkup, apart from explaining the results and giving health instructions and education to employees by health professionals, we enable employees to understand more about their health condition and promote health and acquire correct health care knowledge.

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COVID-19 Prevention

In response to the high likelihood of droplet transmission of COVID-19, we have established an epidemic control team to provide multilevel epidemic controls to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. Employees, visitors, and contractors are all requested to measure temperature and report the contact history before plant entry. We also keep up with Taiwan CDC pandemic updates to provide rolling information for employees to feel safe and no worries in the workplace. We also donate bleach and sanitizers to local residents, fire stations, elementary schools, and Daren Management Center.

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