Department of Occupational Safety
In 1974, the Labor Safety and Health law was released and brought into effect. This is considered a milestone in the promotion of safety in domestic factories. Dr. Chao-hsiung Wang, the president of our university at that time, believed that labor-related problems would play an important role in future industrial development and professionals in this field would be urgently needed. The first Department of Industrial Safety and Health in Taiwan was thus established at Chia Nan University in August 1976, and Professor Hsien-chung Ho was appointed as the director. Students could apply for 5-year courses in the day division at that time. In 1983, a 2-year night course was approved and in 1988, a 2-year day course was also established. In 1996, Chia Nan College of Pharmacy and Science was upgraded in status by the Ministry of Education, and our department was renamed Industrial Safety and Health. Two classes were recruited in both day and night divisions. In 1998, the 5-year course was canceled and the 2-year course was also stopped the following year. They were replaced by four-year courses in both day and night divisions. In 2000, the college was renamed Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science. In 2002, the last 5-year students graduated, and only students in 2-year and 4-year courses are currently being recruited. The department was renamed the Department of Occupational Safety and Health according to industrial requirements in August 2003. In all, our department has a history of 29 years, and has graduated students from seven 2-year daily courses, three 4-year courses, 23 5-year courses, 11 2-year courses, five 2-year night courses, two 4-year night courses and 21 2-year night courses. In terms of the number of students we have graduated, we are the largest department in this field in Taiwan. Our department is continuing its rapid development under the support of the college, the hard work of the directors and the efforts of teachers and students. We are going to persist in our educational goal of training high-quality personnel for the enhancement of industrial safety and health in Taiwan.
1. Train professionals in industrial safety and health. Enhance the diathesis of safety and health management staff in domestic industries and services. Improve working environments and reduce workplace injuries. Improve the relationship between labor and capital. Teach the students professional knowledge, and methods and techniques of recognition, estimation and control.
2. Co-operate with industry. Gain and in-depth understanding of local requirements in industrial safety and health. Combine classroom learning with practical experience, and establish a safe and comfortable working environment.
3. Promote the reeducation of in-service professionals. Help them understand the importance of industrial safety and health, and direct the relationship between labor and capital.
4. Improve technology related to occupational health and safety through co-operation in the development of equipment, and direction of programs in occupational accident prevention, public security, working environment appraisal, fire fighting, and occupational disease prevention.
Institute of Industrial Safety and Disaster Prevention
Occupational safety and health, industrial safety, and natural and man-made disaster reduction are very important issues in this country. In response to the needs of society, this institute was founded in August, 2007.
The Institute offers a master’s degree program that provides students with a broad background in the fields of:
1. Industrial safety.
2. Occupational safety and health.
3. Hazard assessment, risk management, and disaster reduction technology.
The goal of the program is to prepare students with the specialist knowledge needed for a professional career in this field in government or industry.