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Policies & Regulations From 2017, four new categories shall be added to the labor insurance health examination for prevention of occupational diseases to enhance labor rights

According to the Ministry of Labor, four categories of tasks with special health hazards including "bromopropane", "1,3-butadiene ", "formaldehyde" and "indium and its compounds" have been added to the labor insurance health examination for prevention of occupational diseases since Jan. 1, 2017. Following these additions, the number of categories covered by the labor insurance health examination for prevention of occupational diseases reaches a total of 31.

In order to ensure worker health and facilitate the early diagnosis of occupational diseases, labor insurance health examination for prevention of occupational diseases now includes all 31 categories of tasks with special health hazards as listed in the Labor Health Protection Regulations. Insured persons of labor insurance who are actually engaged in those tasks with special health hazards and have remained under insurance coverage for at least one year consecutively in recent enrollment can proceed to designated hospitals for health examinations by presenting health examination certificates issued by the Bureau of Labor Insurance, after applications submitted by the insured unit have been vetted and approved by the Bureau. The insured persons are only required to pay for registration fees as examination fees shall be covered by the Bureau of Labor Insurance.

The Ministry of Labor reminds insured units to take advantage of the labor insurance health examination for prevention of occupational diseases as much as possible. In case insured units fail to apply for the health examination for prevention of occupational diseases as required by regulations, insured persons can also submit their applications directly to the Bureau of Labor Insurance to ensure their personal rights. For more detailed information, please contact the Bureau of Labor Insurance (Telephone: 02-2396-1266; address: No.4, Sec. 1, Roosevelt Rd., Taipei City; website http://www.bli.gov.tw).

Key words: Occupational diseases; health examination; operations posing risks to health

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