Disputes and policy responses concerning the hazards of overwork and workers' compensation: Experiences in Japan and their implications for Taiwan

Yawen Cheng, Shiuan Be Wu, Yu-Feng Wong

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Abstract

In Taiwan, cases of sudden death linked to overwork are a growing concern. The government has adopted several Japanese regulations and guidelines which concern the recognition of and compensation for work-related injuries and diseases that are due to overwork. Based on the literature and analyses of official statistics from the worker's compensation system in Japan, we examined the development of policies concerning the recognition and prevention of overwork hazards in Japan. Based on this review, we suggest that Taiwan should reduce the barriers for workers' compensation by revising the criteria for the recognition of work-related diseases. Regulations concerning working hours and the health management of workers with prolonged working hours should also be improved. In addition, statistics and the related content of workers' claims for compensation should be made public. Taiwan should also be aware of and avoid the limitations of the Japanese approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-315
Number of pages15
JournalTaiwan Journal of Public Health
Volume30
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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