“Improving Occupational Health and Safety Especially in Mining Sector”, whose overall objective is to create decent jobs for Turkish labour force by means of improving OHS and work peace, is co-financed by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey. The Contracting Authority of the Project is the Directorate of European Union and Financial Assistance of Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services and it is conducted by the DGOHS. The Project was approved by the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey on March 19, 2018 and started on November 21, 2019.
The Project consists of three components: Technical Assistance, Financial Support and Guidance, Grant Scheme, and the Project budget is approximately 17.5 million Euros.
The Project aims to promote better working conditions based on proactive approach, to increase public awareness and improve knowledge of all stakeholders on OHS especially in mining sector and create better working conditions.
DGOHS is the End-Beneficiary of the Project titled “Improving Occupational Health and Safety Especially in Mining Sector” and the target groups of this Project are employees, employers, OHS professionals, NGOs, students in the relevant fields of Universities and Vocational Higher Schools of Mining Technologies, branch instructors working at Vocational and Technical High School-Mining Technologies, DGOHS staff and other relevant stakeholders.
1) Technical Assistance Component
Interactive trainings and health surveillance, employer trainings and trainings for university students, vocational high school teachers, engineers and occupational safety professionals and other relevant stakeholders will be organised under the component by execution of all the associated activities aiming at increasing OHS awareness and knowledge in the mining sector and society.
In addition, cartoons and public spots will be produced in order to establish and spread the culture of safety, and a photo competition will be carried out with the main theme of OHS in very hazardous sectors. A digital application will be developed to be used in smart devices. The application will include information about OHS legislation and its implementation, useful data for mine employees, engineers, students, safety experts, etc.
Within the scope of this component, technical guidelines will also be prepared on topics such as ventilation on mines, spontaneous combustion management, behavioural-based safety, coal dust explosion prevention and suppression, effective methane drainage and use in coal mines.
Additionally, within the scope of this component, three reports covering the outcomes of the health surveillance exercise, unionisation with the importance of being a member of a union in terms of OHS, and OHS curriculum for mining engineering departments will be prepared.
2) Financial Support and Guidance Component
Financial Support and Guidance Programme activities include providing financial support and technical guidance to employers and employees regarding OHS at workplaces. In this context, financial support will be provided for the assignment of OHS professionals to 70 workplaces and a total of 3000 mine evacuation trainings (mine emergency preparedness plan), with the prioritisation of these 70 workplaces. In addition, TS 13741 Occupational health and safety management system – For small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) – Mining Sector Standards will be integrated into top 15 workplaces to be selected among the 70 above-mentioned workplaces through a set of designed criteria.
3) Grant Component
Grants will be allocated for projects to be developed by NGOs, occupational organisations, vocational high schools, universities, vocational and technical high schools, etc. in order to improve OHS conditions at mining workplaces and other very hazardous workplaces. The duration of the grant component is 18 months and it is planned to start 6 months after the start of the Project. In this context, it is envisaged that approximately 36 projects will be supported.