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"Good Climate & Environment Keeping Us Safe, Full Prosperity in All Our Agricultural Laboring" ─ MOL Develops New Agricultural Assistive Device, Jointly Creates an Agricultural Workplace Utopia

  • Publish Date:2022-06-20
"Good Climate & Environment Keeping Us Safe, Full Prosperity in All Our Agricultural Laboring" ─ MOL Develops New Agricultural Assistive Device, Jointly Creates an Agricultural Workplace Utopia
"Good Climate & Environment Keeping Us Safe, Full Prosperity in All Our Agricultural Laboring" ─ MOL Develops New Agricultural Assistive Device, Jointly Creates an Agricultural Workplace Utopia

One in every 20 people in Taiwan works in agriculture, while 63.3% of this agricultural population is over 50 years of age. This reflects the serious state of Taiwan's aging agricultural workforce. Agricultural populations are subject to a variety of occupational hazards, including long-term high heat exposure and heatstroke, sprayed pesticides, snake and insect bites, lifting and moving heavy objects, cut injuries from vegetation, and muscular and skeletal injuries to the joints and lumbar region. To safeguard against agricultural work hazards in Taiwan, the Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health, Ministry of Labor (MOL) utilized occupational health technology to design two occupational assistive devices for middle-aged and elderly agricultural workers: the "Agricultural Crop Harvesting Bag and Harness Set" and "Agricultural Sun Protection Protective Clothing and Sun Hat Set." Main design features include: I. Breathable, sun protective material. II. Harvesting pocket distributes loads over the entire body. III. Pressure reducing outfit and accessories reduce work hazards. IV. Assistive device alleviates load on the back. These new items were presented on November 20, 2021, at the "Good Climate & Environment Keeping Us Safe, Full Prosperity in All Our Agricultural Laboring ─ New Agricultural Assistive Devices Product Launch and Occupational Safety and Health Special Exhibition," held by the Pingtung County government. An on-site demonstration, in which participants personally donned the outfits, was given by MOL Minister Hsu Ming-Chun, Pingtung County Government Deputy Magistrate Wu Li-Hsueh, Council of Agriculture Executive Yuan Deputy Minister Chen Tian-Shou, and Executive Yuan Southern Taiwan Joint Services Center Deputy Executive Director Chen Wen-Liang. This event highlighted the ability of the central authorities to consolidate resources across departments and cooperate with local governments. The research results are tangible proof of success from working together to implement and create an agricultural workplace utopia. Keywords: Agricultural Assistive Devices, Agricultural Crop Harvesting Bag and Harness Set, Agricultural Sun Protection Protective Clothing and Sun Hat Set

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