Occupational Safety and Health
We strive for reducing workplace risks to protect the health and safety of staff and contractors. Our goals are to achieve zero occupational injury and incident.
Policy and Objective
To establish a safe and healthy workplace with comfort while consistently lowering the rate of workplace accidents and disasters, FENC established Occupational Safety and Health Policy as the highest guiding principle governing the management of safety and health of the Company. With “risk control” and “continuous improvement” as the management principle, operational safety is our utmost concern. The Company takes an active stand toward improving the work environment, manufacturing equipment and operational approaches to ensure the safety and health of the workers and stakeholders.
⇥ Occupational Safety and Health Policies (Chinese)
Building Workplace Safety and Health with Labor-management Participation
FENC establishes Occupational Safety and Health Committee at production sites, serving as the highest authority at each organization on the review and discussion of safety and health management. The Committee convenes quarterly to determine the formulation, coordination and supervision of safety and health related issues at each plant to ensure full implementation.
The Occupational Safety and Health Committee at Operational Sites
Number of Committee Members
Percentage of Worker Representatives
Hsinpu Chemical Fiber Plant
Kuanyin Chemical Fiber Plant
Kuanyin Dyeing and Finishing Plant
Plant 1 of OPTC
Plant 2 of OPTC
1. There is no provision in the Vietnamese regulation concerning the number of labor seats in the occupational safety and health committee.
2. There is no provision in the U.S. regulation regarding the establishment of occupational safety and health committee.
Occupational safety and health management is one of the priority concerns when it comes to labor relations at FENC. The following subjects are included in the labor relations meetings, Occupational Safety and Health Committee meetings, and collective bargaining agreements with employees.
- Provide personal protective equipment.
- Establish labor relation management and occupational safety and health committee.
- Labor representatives participate in the examination and review of safety and health issues as well as accident investigation.
- Provide work related training for workers.
- Provide mechanism for workers to file for grievances.
- Workers have the right to refuse unsafe work.
- Schedule regular health checkup for workers.
- Comply with regulations from International Labor Organizations.
- Clearly define the procedure or system that workers shall follow when encountering safety or health related problems.
- Clearly establish safety and health goals and ways to achieve such goals.
Developing Safety and Health Concepts Through Training
FENC provides regular training to make sure that every employee is familiar with occupational safety and health regulations as well as the management mechanism. In 2020, the total training hours provided by the Company reached 215,598, an increase of 18% from 2019.
Training for Safety and Health Personnel in 2020
Number of Classes
Number of Trainees
On-the-job Training on Safety and Health
Health Management Training
Hazardous Chemical Training
Radial Protection Personnel Training
Emergency Response and Personal Protective Equipment Training
Internal Safety and Health Auditor Training
Risk Control Training
Ongoing Occupational Safety and Health Management
As of the end of 2020, 16 of FENC’s production and business sites have been certified with occupational safety and health systems such as OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 45001, ensuring the safety and health of 86% of the entire staff. Among them, 12 received the latest ISO 45001 certification. Kuanyin Chemical Fiber Plant even received the prestigious honor of Performance Recognition of the Occupational Safety and Health Management System for 3 years from the Ministry of Labor.
Chemical Safety Management
Recurring chemical-related accidents in recent years have caused major losses and damages to corporations and the environment. They have also caught public and media attention. Meanwhile, repeated amendments to chemical control provisions under Occupational Safety and Health Act since the enactment also make chemical management an increasingly complex operation. Chemical management is clearly a priority in terms of labor inspection to the government.
All production sites of FENC have established chemical management regulations and list of chemicals based on Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). Chemical management at all production sites places an emphasis on source management. When procuring hazardous chemicals, the manufacturer, importer or supplier must provide the hazardous label and Safety Data Sheets (SDS). The same information is required when changes are made to existing data. When the chemicals arrive at the plant, on-site staff or the end-user must conduct examination based on the label, SDS and applicable regulations prior to acceptance. The Company utilizes Chemical Control Branding (CCB) to evaluate the likelihood of exposure (usage and the degree of spread) and takes corresponding or control measures to mitigate risks. When changes occur to the types of chemicals as well as operational or production procedure, exposure assessment must be conducted again within 3 months before or after the changes occur.
Contractor Safety and Health Management
To FENC, contractors are important business partners. To ensure contractors' work safety, each production site notifies contractors of potential hazards with monitoring measures in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Act and applicable regulations. In addition, each site promotes various management approaches to reinforce contractors' work safety.
Employee Health and Care
Employees are FENC’s most treasured assets. Hence, the Company never hesitates to devote resources for employees. When it comes to promoting occupational health, FENC always goes beyond regulatory requirements and never ceases to create a safe, comfortable and friendly workplace for our employees. FENC Headquarters, Hsinpu Chemical Fiber Plant and Kuanyin Chemical Fiber Plant launched their own health management systems to promote healthy workplace. Employees may review past health reports at any time to monitor health conditions, and register online for health promotion programs. The health management system also provides medical knowledge for employees to manage and improve health. It also strengthens the prevention and management of infectious diseases through the system, including the prevention of the second type of notifiable infectious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS testing guidelines and services.
Aside from the comprehensive safety and health plan, which covers maternal healthcare, prevention of work-induced cardiovascular disease and ergonomic risk evaluation, the Company also offers health management system that reviews the year-to-year details of annual health checkup for analysis. Based on the type and degree of anomaly, the system conducts effective, systematic and continuous management and control, including triage, tracking and consultation. The entire process is monitored by health professionals, including doctors and nurses to provide complete care and risk assessment, giving staff the best healthcare they deserve.
In light of the need to minimize contact during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, all production and business sites provided flu shots on-site to employees during the 4th quarter, minimizing their commute to hospitals as well as exposure to virus. Polyester Business collaborates with local hospitals and public health centers to provide flu shots to employees under the age of 50, who are not eligible for the free flu shots from the government. After tallying the number of employees willing to be vaccinated, local hospitals and public health centers administered the vaccines at the plant. A total of 1,107 employees took advantage of this service, which account for 40%. In addition to providing the service again this year to Taiwanese employees, international migrant workers will also be able to enjoy this service.
2020 Recognitions for Health Management and Promotion
1. Honorable Mention for Healthy Workplace Award by Taipei City Government
FENC is widely recognized for promoting and providing safe and healthy workplace as well as protecting the physical and mental health of employees. In 2020, the Company entered the 2020 Outstanding Healthy Workplace Award and received honorable mention from the panel of expert judges.
2. Extension of Badge of Accredited Healthy Workplace from Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health
Health Promotion Administration of Ministry of Health issues “Badge of Accredited Healthy Workplace” to encourage employers to promote healthy workplace; identify health-related needs based on existing conditions; formulate plans accordingly; follow up with implementation and evaluation to protect employees’ health. The badge signifies the highest honor for this certification system. FENC applied for and obtained the Badge of Preliminary Healthy Workplace in 2002. In 2004, the Company obtained the Badge of Accredited Healthy Workplace. The Health Promotion Administration conducts inspection every 3 years. The Company received the first extension in 2017, and the second in 2020.